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Old 06-12-2010, 07:48 PM   #1
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Default Autolysis Myth - BUSTED

Okay, I've been WAY out of the brewing scene ever since my wife had our first child on Superbowl Sunday. The last batch I brewed was a couple weeks before he was born, and I FINALLY today am transferring it to a keg. The original gravity was 1.066. Today, I checked it, and it's 1.012. 7% ABV. It's a Belgian Porter.

I wanted to post this because everyone worries about nasty flavors from dying yeast, but I'm here to say that fear is extremely overblown. I left this thing completed untended in primary for 139 days, and it tastes awesome. While 1.066 OG is fairly strong, it's nothing that crazy, and when I checked the gravity a few months ago, it was already down to 1.013, so it's done very little additional fermentation in the meantime.

Anyway, point is, you can leave a beer safely in primary for months without worrying about dead yeast. Just thought people would be interested in hearing about my experience, as it was a good one. And now I finally get keg beer again. The next step is to figure out how to brew beer while holding a four month old baby.

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Old 06-12-2010, 08:01 PM   #2
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Wow thats a long time to wait, Awesome result.

I never make anything complicated enough to warrant such a long ferment, although I did hear that Samichlaus beer ferments for 10 months, if that doesnt cause problems I dont know what will.

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Grats on the Baby as well as the beer

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Old 06-12-2010, 08:33 PM   #3
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Haha, the long ferment time was definitely not planned! SWMBO thought the batch was doomed for sure.

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Old 06-12-2010, 08:46 PM   #4
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Karma, seeing as it shares a date with the newest member of your family make sure you put one aside for him/her for another 17 and a half years

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Congrats on the baby and thanks for the tip. When mine comes (October), I'm praying I don't have to take a long break.

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The next step is to figure out how to brew beer while holding a four month old baby.
Luckily, babies have cribs, and beer mugs have handles...guess which one you can set down! Just kidding. Congrats the baby and the brew, enjoy the ride!
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I can also verify that yeast is a hardy animal. I saved most of the refrigerated yeast cake from a Coopers IPA brewed about a month ago. Washed it, pitched it into some leftover wort, and it is absolutely taking off.
Hardly any dead yeast, and now I got to figure out a brew to use it on.

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The next step is to figure out how to brew beer while holding a four month old baby.
That is what Baby Bjorn's are for.
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This should be a sticky!

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I have a similar story. I brewed an Octane IPA from a Midwest kit and then hurt my back. I wasn't able to lift, move or anything for a couple months. My beer sat in the fermenter for 16-weeks on the yeast and it also, was fantastic. Granted, I don't think my taste is refined enough to be able to taste the effects of yeast autolysis, but the beer was really good. I'm not as worried about it these days after my little "experiment."

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