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Old 06-10-2008, 03:36 AM   #1
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Default What off-flavors should I be looking for?

I left my Anchor Steam clone in the primary for 7 weeks, (have been extremely busy and just plain lazy). Last night I decided to just keg it and skip the secondary. What kind of off-flavors should I be looking for from sitting on the yeast cake for so long?



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Old 06-10-2008, 03:38 AM   #2
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You should be ok as long as your airlock was intact and the temps did not fluctuate too much. Autolysis (sp?) should not be a problem as long as your fermentation temps where ok. I had one sit for 5 weeks on its cake and it was ok and my temps are always all over the place.



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My temps were pretty constant around 64 degrees. How do you know if you have Autolysis.

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don't worry about it. your beers fine.

it would taste like burnt rubber according to john palmer:

http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter10-3.html

but he also states (which is true by my experience):

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I should mention that by brewing with healthy yeast in a well-prepared wort, many experienced brewers, myself included, have been able to leave a beer in the primary fermenter for several months without any evidence of autolysis.
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Autolysis = badly backed-up sewer, cesspool, sticking your head in a methane digester. I left a yeast cake on the back porch for three months during the summer. Believe me, you would know.

Seven weeks in the primary, at controlled temperatures, is not a problem. In fact, if you rack it carefully, you should be able to force carbonate & put it online.

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Autolysis = badly backed-up sewer, cesspool, sticking your head in a methane digester. I left a yeast cake on the back porch for three months during the summer. Believe me, you would know.

Seven weeks in the primary, at controlled temperatures, is not a problem. In fact, if you rack it carefully, you should be able to force carbonate & put it online.
I left my mash cooler( filled with grain ) out in the Florida sun for 8 days, I wonder which one smelled worse


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