First (IPA) batch here, so not exactly sure what I'm doing. The feremented wort Looks like it's been at 1.037 for a few days now (with a refractometer). Maybe it dropped to 1.036 (started at 1.065).. can't tell exactly, kinda hazy. It's not been the full two weeks in primary though. Are the kit directions regarding two weeks in primary a moot point now due to the unchanged gravity reading?
The directions say to move it to a secondary for a couple more weeks. This will just be my corny keg. I don't have a fridge to cold crash in so it's going to have to sit on the basement floor (72F) for a few weeks before I can finish what's in my kegerator. From what I've read, the beer won't care. Is that accurate? I could pull the half barrel out and "store" it for later if not. I've been told this doesn't really affect anything but have never let a keg warm to room temp before so it would be an educational experience.
I'll probably try filling the keg with starsan solution and then pumping it out with c02. I've only got a couple small (2 and 5 pound or something) tanks. I found a conversion chart that told me 5 gallons of co2 weighed 42 pounds but that doesn't sound right. Anyone know how much gas it takes to purge a corny keg?
Not quite sure how to dry hop in the keg without introducing oxygen so hopefully the amount will be negligible (pressurize and vent after removing lid). Should I take the hop sock back out after a few days or am I risking dreaded grassy flavors?
I know it's a lot for one post but nobody I know homebrews and it's not exactly prime time to get involved with a LHBC :/ so thanks in advance. Really appreciate the info you guys/gals have passed on.