Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Batch 5: 'Merican IPA: Secondary Fermentation/Bottling Day

The beer spent two weeks in the secondary. I measured the gravity of the beer at 1.012, which keeps it at just over 8% ABV. The sample from the thief had some off flavors but otherwise had a nice hop character. It was a beautiful golden color, much lighter and more appropriate to the style than my last attempt at this recipe. The nylon bag seemed to keep some of the hop residue contained, but there was still a decent amount of trub. I'm not sure that I'll use it in the future. I primed the beer with 4 oz. of corn sugar before bottling and, for the first time, tried gently stirring after every six bottles to keep the sugar evenly mixed. I ended up with 48 bottles. I'll give the beer two weeks to condition.

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