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IPA length of fermentation question
« on: May 31, 2016, 10:49:01 PM »
 I brewed an IPA couple weeks ago (OG=1.064, IBU=65, no dry hopping but large 30 minute whirlpool edition),  and have a small dilemma.   I always ferment my IPAs for four weeks. I usually dump trub after about two weeks and cold crash the last three or four days.   Due to summer vacation to Ireland,  I will either have to keg right at three weeks, or at 5 1/2 weeks.  It has already reached final gravity. Any opinions on which to choose?   Not sure it really matters since it will condition in the keg but want to make sure the yeast has time to clear up everything.
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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2016, 10:59:16 PM »
No reason you shouldn't be able to keg @ 3 weeks, especially if you're @ FG now.
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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2016, 11:28:45 PM »
+1, if its at FG and not dry hopping then cold crash it and keg it, when you get home you'll have some tatsy well carbonated beer to enjoy:)

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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2016, 02:08:50 PM »
My IPA's are most always kegged up and carbing by 2 wks. About 7-9 days for primary fermentation, 3-4 days on dry hops, cold crashed overnight, then kegged with gelatin. Come out great.  No need to let them sit for 4 wks+. Drink'em fresh for best hop overload!

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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2016, 02:13:25 PM »
My IPA's are most always kegged up and carbing by 2 wks. About 7-9 days for primary fermentation, 3-4 days on dry hops, cold crashed overnight, then kegged with gelatin. Come out great.  No need to let them sit for 4 wks+. Drink'em fresh for best hop overload!


Same thing I do (except that I dry hop in keg now). Quicker is definitely better with hoppy beers.
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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2016, 02:17:20 PM »
do you use ss dry hop cannister?  If so, does it really keep pellet hops out fairly well?

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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2016, 02:20:25 PM »
do you use ss dry hop cannister?  If so, does it really keep pellet hops out fairly well?

I bag mine and throw them in at kegging. I get some hop debris for the first few days while I pull samples for evaluation but after that it's all good.
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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2016, 02:20:58 PM »
No plugging of dip tube/poppet?

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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2016, 02:31:32 PM »
do you use ss dry hop cannister?  If so, does it really keep pellet hops out fairly well?


It's been a work in progress. I have a canister that I like for APA level dry hops (ie., 2-3 oz). But IPA level dry hopping (2X APA) causes the pellets to clump up and not fully dissolve, so I use weighted 5 gallon paint strainer bags there.
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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2016, 02:44:49 PM »
do you use ss dry hop cannister?  If so, does it really keep pellet hops out fairly well?


 so I use weighted 5 gallon paint strainer bags there.

No clogging of dip tubes or poppets with this?

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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2016, 02:48:26 PM »
do you use ss dry hop cannister?  If so, does it really keep pellet hops out fairly well?


It's been a work in progress. I have a canister that I like for APA level dry hops (ie., 2-3 oz). But IPA level dry hopping (2X APA) causes the pellets to clump up and not fully dissolve, so I use weighted 5 gallon paint strainer bags there.

To answer your question, it keeps the vast majority of hop matter out. A very small amount gets through. Lately I've been experimenting with using 2 layers of paint strainer bags, with the pellets obviously going in the inner bag. Seems to work better than anything I've tried before, including the canister and sure screen.
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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2016, 02:48:38 PM »
do you use ss dry hop cannister?  If so, does it really keep pellet hops out fairly well?


 so I use weighted 5 gallon paint strainer bags there.

No clogging of dip tubes or poppets with this?

Nope
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Re: IPA length of fermentation question
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2016, 02:57:07 PM »
Cool. Double strainer bag. Interesting solution.