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Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« on: March 05, 2011, 03:27:14 PM »
If the beer finishes fermenting in 3-4 days are you guys keeping it in the primary for a whole two weeks?

I used WLP007 Dry English Ale Yeast; it's clean and finishes fast at 68F.  Original gravity = 1.075 final gravity = 1.114 it's a Black IPA.
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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011, 03:32:18 PM »
Don't be in a rush, give it more time. At least another week. May not be necessary, but it can't hurt & may help.
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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2011, 05:31:41 PM »
Typically, for an ale, I'll let it reach FG (3-5 days), give it another 3-5 days at fermentation temp to clean up, then cold crash another 3-5 days. So 10-14 days total in the fermenter. I think if you taste it now, and again in a few days, you'll find a big difference in flavor.
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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2011, 06:30:05 PM »
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Original gravity = 1.075 final gravity = 1.114

I suspect you meant 1.014

Yeah, leave it for another week.
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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 05:24:36 PM »
If you get the same gravity reading for 3 days In a row, then fermentation is over. You want to rack it to secondary so that it does not sit on the trub in primary for longer than needed.

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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2014, 06:01:34 PM »
If you get the same gravity reading for 3 days In a row, then fermentation is over. You want to rack it to secondary so that it does not sit on the trub in primary for longer than needed.

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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2014, 06:08:05 PM »
Ah, well I work at a brewery and take the gravs every day, so that explains why we move so fast to crash and fine the tanks when I see the gravity final out

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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2014, 06:29:53 PM »
I think its the pressure of having so much liquid on top that speeds autolysis. Better process control can help by not creating the flavors that need to be cleaned too.
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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2014, 05:25:23 AM »
Best way to tell if its time to rack: Taste it!
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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2014, 05:51:36 AM »
Is this really a 3 yr old thread? Somebody must be snowed in and bored...
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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2014, 07:40:04 AM »
Is this really a 3 yr old thread? Somebody must be snowed in and bored...

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Re: Hit Final-gravity in 3days. Can I rack soon after?
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2014, 08:32:35 AM »
Please summarize your findings for us.  :P
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