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Old 09-21-2009, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default How long is too long for Belgian Strong Ale (1.072) in Primary?

Just wanted some feedback on how long do you guys keep your bigger Belgians in primary for? What was the longest and how did your beer come out?

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Mine was 3 weeks (took 2 to hit final gravity)
then spent 4 more weeks in secondary, and 3 months bottle conditioning.

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Mine was 3 weeks (took 2 to hit final gravity)
then spent 4 more weeks in secondary, and 3 months bottle conditioning.
How did it turn out? Would you have done anything different in hindsight?
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i had a belgian dark strong in primary for 5 mos. once by accident. just forgot about it until right before Christmas. transferred it to a keg, carbed it, served it for the holidays. was perfect.

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i had a belgian dark strong in primary for 5 mos. once by accident. just forgot about it until right before Christmas. transferred it to a keg, carbed it, served it for the holidays. was perfect.
5 months in primary?! and there was no yeast bite to the beer?
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Why do you ask? I take my beers out of the primary when they're done fermenting. Is there a reason you would leave it there for some extended period of time?

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I've got a belgian blonde going in primary right now that's been there for 4 weeks and is still bubbling away.

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Why do you ask? I take my beers out of the primary when they're done fermenting. Is there a reason you would leave it there for some extended period of time?
Like any homebrewer I want the best tasting beer possible. From what I've read and inquired many seasoned homebrewers admitted to leaving big Belgians in primaries for 3-5 weeks. I have a 1.072 that's been in primary for 3 weeks.

-2 week hydrometer reading=1.011.
-3 week (yesterday) hydrometer reading=1.009

I was just wondering whether 2 let it sit 1 or 2 more weeks before I rack to secondary to condition further.
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Like any homebrewer I want the best tasting beer possible. From what I've read and inquired many seasoned homebrewers admitted to leaving big Belgians in primaries for 3-5 weeks. I have a 1.072 that's been in primary for 3 weeks.

-2 week hydrometer reading=1.011.
-3 week (yesterday) hydrometer reading=1.009

I was just wondering whether 2 let it sit 1 or 2 more weeks before I rack to secondary to condition further.

Take a reading every few days until they stop changing. When it's steady transfer it, unless there are off flavors that the yeast need to clean up. There isn't any benefit to leaving it in there for 5 weeks if it's done in 10 days, if that's what you're asking.
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Take a reading every few days until they stop changing. When it's steady transfer it, unless there are off flavors that the yeast need to clean up. There isn't any benefit to leaving it in there for 5 weeks if it's done in 10 days, if that's what you're asking.
There's also no benefit in transferring it even if it is done in 10 days.
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