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Old 06-27-2013, 12:59 AM   #1
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Default How long before autolysis starts?

Was just wondering how long something can sit on yeast before that process kicks in

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Old 06-27-2013, 02:57 AM   #2
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Depends on a ton of factors but many people have let their beer sit in the primary for many many months (6 to 8) with no ill effects. You will get widely varied responses, but a few months should not be a problem at all.

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Asked this same question and got the same basic answer.

+1 to above

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There's a world of difference between a large conical fermenter and a 6.5 gallon ale pail when it comes to this issue.

For us small volume brewers, a month or so on yeast is not a problem unless you have a temperature control issue to begin with, IMO.

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The only time I have experienced it was when I acquired some bottles from the son of a homebrewer that had been stored in the garage for 40+ years...several cases of which were still full.

The yeast at the bottom of the bottles was BLACK!

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