Sweet stout, Irish Red and obSession IPA

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Sweet stout, Irish Red and obSession IPA

Postby Tresguey » Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:37 pm

Haven't brewed in a while. At least a year and a half. My boss asked me to brew three styles for SEMA which is the beginning of November. Did the Stout first. Irish Red second and the IPA today. Stout has been fermenting for about a week and the air lock bubbler has slowed to about a stop. Irish Red has 5 days and is slowing down. From what I remember they were my other brews were pretty active for over a week I thought. Or am I not remembering correctly.

Also from what I remember is I sit in the fermenter for 2 weeks then transfer to keg correct?
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Re: Sweet stout, Irish Red and obSession IPA

Postby dmtaylor » Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:23 pm

Here's how I do it:

1) Wait for the airlock to stop bubbling. Might take 2 days, might take 6 weeks. You never really know for certain how long.

2) When the airlock quits bubbling, you can take a gravity reading. Do NOT rack it to secondary.

3) Wait 3 days, then take another gravity reading. If the gravity remains constant, you can safely keg or bottle. If not, then wait another 3 days and repeat until it stays constant.

That's about it.
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Re: Sweet stout, Irish Red and obSession IPA

Postby turbo_ale » Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:47 pm

I give my ales 14 days in the primary, average days for airlock activity is around 5 days, but it can vary.
I give my Lagers 28 days in primary.
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2. 4B
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Re: Sweet stout, Irish Red and obSession IPA

Postby tookalisten » Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:33 pm

I too always give my ales 14 days in the primary and then transfer to keg.
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