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View Poll Results: Longest time in the secondary for ales?
Secondary for ales? Why bother... 29 19.46%
2-3 weeks tops - that's the rule 47 31.54%
Up to one month, but that was pushing it 20 13.42%
Two months, but you really gotta get it out of there now 11 7.38%
Three months or more - RDWHAHB 42 28.19%
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Old 04-15-2007, 11:14 PM   #11
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Most of mine do 2 to 3 weeks. But the Grand Cru I'm planning for this summer will be in the secondary for at least 5 weeks. More complex flavors need more conditioning time.

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Old 04-16-2007, 12:46 AM   #12
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I always do a secondary for at least a week. I like 'em a little more clear, and it reduces the chance of getting a greater amt of sediment in the bottles, cause I like to brew higher alcohol beers, and after having a few, my pour can get a little sloppy!

I'm thinking about doing and 'Old Ale' sometime soon and letting it age in the carboy until next fall (maybe with a few oak chips), then maybe blending it with a fresh batch of Bitter for a couple weeks, and that will be my winter brew.

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Old 04-16-2007, 07:39 AM   #13
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I leave it in there forever sometimes and have never had a problem. high gravity ales need alot of time, too. always worth the wait!

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Old 04-16-2007, 03:55 PM   #14
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:27 PM   #15
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I brew on weekends. Transfer to to secondary in 10-11 days, which would be
mid-week. Then bottle in another 10-11 days, which would be a weekend.

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Old 04-19-2007, 12:58 PM   #16
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I've gone as long as 3 and half months in the secondary before for a big beer. I have heard, and this is for wine, not sure if it's the same for beer or not, that it ages better in bulk. Like the really big wine bottles you see out there, can't remember what they are called, but wine ages better in them, at least that is what they told me at a local winery. Like I said though not sure if it's the same for beer, i would imagine that it is.

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Old 04-19-2007, 03:21 PM   #17
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I just made an Old Ale and plan to keep it in the secondary for six weeks and then bottling it.

Doh.. I guess these need up to a year? Or does it need up to a year to come to style?

I used 3 lb amber DME, 3 lb dark DME, 1/4 lb blackstrap molasses, 3/4 lb demerara.

Steeped grains, 1/2 lb british 50-60L, 1/2 lb british chocolote, 1/4 lb british black patent.

I'm not going to worry I'm sure it'll be good but I'll definitely try to age some for a year. Keyword: try.

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Old 04-19-2007, 03:25 PM   #18
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My 1st Barleywine was in the primary for a month and the secondary for 8 weeks. From what I understand, that's way on the low end for the style.

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Old 09-03-2009, 07:03 PM   #19
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I have a sour that will be going on 4 months in 'secondary' I will probably keg it come May of 2010.
Ales i dry hop, such as ipa's , i keep for 10 days in there and i have a RIS i plan on aging in secondary for 6 months. Like the others said, just depends on style.

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Old 09-03-2009, 08:41 PM   #20
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wow .. resurrection of a 2 1/2 year old thread Since i am here i dont secondary anything

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