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Old 03-22-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default I just boiled an ancient ale

last weekend and it is in my fermentor. Here's my question. I used bittering herbs instead of hops for flavoring and aroma. I have read where hops is a natural preservative for beer.

How long can I leave my gruit in the secondary before I bottle?

Is it better to bottle early and let it age in the bottle or the secondary.

I think this ale is going to need some time and I just don't know what my timing issues are.

OG per recipe is 1.050 and I got an adjusted 1.047

I do not know what the FG is yet.

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Primary: Gruit Ancient Ale
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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Really? No one knows the answer?

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Old 03-22-2012, 10:58 PM   #3
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I would not use a secondary just age in primary for a month. It is better to bulk age in my opinion Rather than in bottles.

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Really? No one knows the answer?
Nope, because there is not one. I know someone that has left beer in a secondary for over a year...

so... as long as you want.

Me, I would leave it in primary 1 month, then pull it to secondary and sample it every few weeks or months until it tastes decent and then keg it or bottle it.
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split it up. bottle some and leave the rest in the primary for a month then bottle.

see what tastes better, rinse & repeat.

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Have you tried searching the forum for other gruit or ancient ale threads?

I haven't had any experience with them myself and don't know how stable they are. Alcohol is a preservative too don't forget.

I would look around for other threads about gruits and see if any of them talk about aging and conditioning techniques.

Edit: here's a thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f78/ye-o...it-ale-237269/ you need to put gruit in quotes or the search thinks you mean fruit

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Thanks for the responses. I am reading all kinds of ideas and most of them suggest a 21-30 day stay in the primary.

My air lock has already stopped bubbling. I pitched my yeast five days ago. I'm certainly not convinced that it's done fermenting though.

I think I"ll try Zacjack's idea of bottling some and leaving the rest in the primary. If I do that, it gives me a reason to buy another primary...lol.

Thanks guys.

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