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Old 10-30-2008, 01:41 AM   #1
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I've got a sweet stout that's been 3 weeks in primary, and she's done.

I don't usually secondary, so what do you think - will it benefit significantly (flavor wise) by sitting another week, or should I bottle this weekend?

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Old 10-30-2008, 02:28 AM   #2
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You could go ahead and bottle, but for a stout i'd recommend aging it for a couple months

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Old 10-30-2008, 02:43 AM   #3
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Hmm. I want to give it enough time in the bottle to condition nicely for Christmas.
Maybe I'll leave it in another couple of weeks.

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Well, if it's done you can certainly bottle it and let it age in the bottles for a couple of months, either way it will be aging.

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I guess that's what i was trying to find out originally - if being on the yeast would be any better than being in the bottle. Do you think they have anything more to clean up?

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Old 10-30-2008, 05:02 AM   #6
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In my experience the only real difference in letting it age bulk or in bottles is the uniformity of the product. Some bottles might be a little warmer or have a little more light on them, which will result in a less uniform product than if you were to age it longer in the carboy or bucket before bottling. I would go ahead and bottle though, no sense wasting space, specially if you've got another brew to do.

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