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Old 07-22-2012, 02:50 AM   #1
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Hey all. Just curious about your input on how long to leave my Dubbel in the Secondary to condition. Ferm. activity ceased after about 6 days. In the past I've bottled after a week in 2nd-ary but I wonder if there is value in conditioning Belgians more.

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Old 07-22-2012, 03:41 AM   #2
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I'd let that brew sit for at least another month in secondary. Yes, there is value in conditioning Belgians longer.

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Old 07-22-2012, 03:51 AM   #3
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Leaving it on the yeast cake in primary for a bit longer would be beneficial as well. If its too late, don't sweat it.

Got a gravity and yeast strain for the beer? That would help make an educated guess for conditioning time.

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Old 07-24-2012, 04:12 AM   #4
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No need to secondary anyway, so why bother with it. Let it sit on the yeast cake for 2-4 weeks after reaching stable FG and don't worry.

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Old 07-28-2012, 01:05 AM   #5
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No need to secondary anyway, so why bother with it. Let it sit on the yeast cake for 2-4 weeks after reaching stable FG and don't worry.
Just to follow up here. Thanks all for input. I actually didn't end up racking to 2ndry. Left it on primary 18 days, about 13 days past cessation of apparent ferm. O.G. 1.068. F.G. 1.010. WLP 0500 Trappist yeast. Temp: 68-70 deg.

In future I will perhaps leave it a bit longer. Will report on results once carbonated.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:07 AM   #6
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My inclination would be a third week on the yeast and then a week or less in the secondary just to precipitate any remaining crud.

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