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Old 02-07-2007, 08:20 PM   #1
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I have a stout that I am currently conditioning in the secondary. It's been there 2 weeks already and I plan on keeping it there 2 or 3 more weeks. Since I will be conditioning it in the secondary, will I still need to wait 3 weeks or more once I bottle it? I plan on bottling with corn sugar and hopefully opening them up for St. Patrick's Day. I do have another stout in reserve if they aren't "ready" but I just thought I would ask.

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Old 02-07-2007, 08:24 PM   #2
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You'll need to leave it for a few weeks to carbonate, unless you like flat headless stout.

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No--the 1-2-3 paradigm is a basic scheme that allows 6 total weeks from brew day to drinking, based on the assumption that most beers aren't very good until 6 weeks from brew day.

Your beer will be 5-6 weeks old when it's bottled, so it will be "ready" as soon as it's carnbonated, IMHO. With corn sugar and reasonably warm temp (like upper 60s or more), it should be fully carbed within 10-12 days.

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I've never been happy with a bottle aged less than 3 weeks. Just my opinion......but I'd bottle it 1-2 weeks from now. That way, it will have had a nice long batch clearning time (3-4 weeks) and an equally nice bottle conditioning time (3-4 weeks). Should be great!!!!

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