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Old 11-04-2010, 03:29 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 11-04-2010, 04:41 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 11-04-2010, 04:55 AM   #3
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3 months on an oatmeal stout. Dry as a bone but really good. Montanaandy

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Old 11-04-2010, 05:30 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 06-10-2011, 01:05 PM   #5
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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.

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Old 06-10-2011, 01:14 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:06 PM   #7
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7 weeks for my Vienna lager, lagered on cake Amazing beer

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Old 06-11-2011, 01:24 AM   #8
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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.

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Old 06-11-2011, 01:37 AM   #9
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3 1/2 months for me.

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Old 06-11-2011, 01:22 PM   #10
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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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