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underwaterdan 06-23-2009 03:33 PM

3 months in primary.. too long?
Well 3 months ago I started a brew, and put it in my basement to primary. For a few reasons, namely the birth of our new baby girl, I have been unable to secondary it or keg it. I am going to try and keg it today or tomorrow, figure I will skip the secondary. Is there anything special I should know in advance, like it is already bad from sitting on the yeast cake too long...
BTW it s a hoegarden clone from AHBS.

monty73741 06-23-2009 03:35 PM

I would just bottle It & see what it does, make sure u take a little of that yeast cake just a smidge for carbination

ecancel 06-23-2009 03:39 PM

go ahead and keg it should be awesome by now it could be your best brew yet

underwaterdan 06-23-2009 04:38 PM

so far it sounds promising, I was afraid I was going to be told it is all waste.

Philsc 06-23-2009 05:08 PM

Drink some and you'll know.

Sigafoos 06-23-2009 05:10 PM

Most times people say to forget about autolysis. Three months is a while, but even then I don't know if any harm will be done, and why not find out by drinking it? :)

Revvy 06-23-2009 05:13 PM

People have left beers in primary (and posted on here) for 6 months with no problems...Many of us have gone 6 weeks with no problems....you kept in a cool basement, and I assume you used fresh yeast at the time....

The beer is fine.

Jack 06-23-2009 05:18 PM

Since I'm in school and all of my classes are two months long, I've been brewing and bottling in between sessions. I haven't been racking to secondary because I'm lazy. And I haven't noticed any problems at all.

So I'd say that three is probably fine, too.

david_42 06-23-2009 05:30 PM

If it tastes good now (and about 99.99% chance it will), keg it. You can force carbonate and go straight to the tap. The flavor will change slightly as the CO2 settles in, but not much.

underwaterdan 06-23-2009 06:14 PM

Okay thanks for all the answers. I am going to keg it in 2 hours when I get home - and will be drinking it in about a week.(I usually leave it at about 18 psi for a week then turn it down a tad and it is good to drink). I can't wait to enjoy this, it is a special brew for me.

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