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Anubis 11-04-2010 03:29 AM

Longest time in primary?
 
What's the longest you have ever had beer in your primary?

I'm not talking about whether or not you should or for advice.
I just realized that I have broken into my 6th week, O.G. was 1.077.
At this point I'm just being lazy and won't take the time to bottle it. I have got it outside in the cold for clearing, maybe I'll bottle tomorrow.

So it got me thinkin'.....

What's your record? O.G.? Was it noticeably better?

Suthrncomfrt1884 11-04-2010 04:41 AM

I left a beer in primary for around 8 weeks once...give or take a few days. It was around 1.090 I think. I wanted to let it sit a little longer with the higher gravity. Turned out great...but I haven't brewed it again, so I don't know how it would do with a shorter time.

I'm starting to think autolysis is a myth unless you leave it for more than a few months.

Montanaandy 11-04-2010 04:55 AM

3 months on an oatmeal stout. Dry as a bone but really good. Montanaandy

duskb 11-04-2010 05:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anubis (Post 2382408)
What's the longest you have ever had beer in your primary?

I'm not talking about whether or not you should or for advice.
I just realized that I have broken into my 6th week, O.G. was 1.077.
At this point I'm just being lazy and won't take the time to bottle it. I have got it outside in the cold for clearing, maybe I'll bottle tomorrow.

So it got me thinkin'.....

What's your record? O.G.? Was it noticeably better?

I just pushed one out of primary after 4 weeks. I needed the yeast for another project and the beer had stopped fermenting. 1.067 OG and out at 1.024.

So, at least 4 weeks.

RickWG 06-10-2011 01:05 PM

5 months. I brewed a wheat and forgot about it. Opened my brew cabinet and "oh my, what's that?" Kegged it up and it tasted great.

bknifefight 06-10-2011 01:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RickWG (Post 2995178)
5 months. I brewed a wheat and forgot about it. Opened my brew cabinet and "oh my, what's that?" Kegged it up and it tasted great.

You people forgetting about your beer baffle me! haha I've left beer in the primary on the yeast for over 3 months.

paraordnance 06-10-2011 03:06 PM

7 weeks for my Vienna lager, lagered on cake :D Amazing beer

Fletch78 06-11-2011 01:24 AM

I left a stout in primary on White Labs Irish Ale yeast for 6 months in my crawlspace. It was fantastic.

It was in a glass carboy, so I don't know if the results would be the same in a bucket where O2 can permeate over time.

Haputanlas 06-11-2011 01:37 AM

3 1/2 months for me.

petep1980 06-11-2011 01:22 PM

I tend to do incredibly short primaries. Probably average 7 days for ales, and 6 for lagers.

I am finding though that no matter what I do, my beer is delicious no earlier than 6 weeks after brewing. Lagers longer.

I am going to toy with 2 week primaries for ales. Lagers I like to get into the lagering phase ASAP, so those will still be coming off the yeast immediately after d-rest.


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