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milarso 01-04-2013 12:41 AM

Pale Ale Fermentation question (be warned, I'm a noob)
My very first batch of beer is in the process of fermenting. It's a pale ale (Sierra Nevada clone) and it's sitting in my basement right now at about 67 F. It's been fermenting nicely for six days, it has a nice color and a think layer of krausen on top. After getting bubbles coming up through the airlock at a rate of one about every three seconds a few days ago, now I'm getting them bubbling up once every 15 seconds.

So...now my question- am I going to hurt my beer by leaving it for another two weeks? I'm going on my honeymoon from Jan 10-20, and I don't want to rush it, but I don't want it to be sitting for too long.


dbsmith 01-04-2013 12:42 AM

Leave it in the extra two weeks, your beer will thank you for it.

SudsyPaul 01-04-2013 12:43 AM

I had a similar situation with my first batch of pale ale. I left it in the bucket for 3 weeks, and it was delicious because of it :D

Mobeers 01-04-2013 12:45 AM

I left a Hef in the primary bucket for about 30 days due to similar circumstances and its been one if my best brews. Much longer can create off flavours.

milarso 01-04-2013 12:45 AM

Thanks! That's what I was thinking, but I just wanted a little confirmation.

aiptasia 01-04-2013 12:46 AM

Rest assured, a good 3 week primary ferment on the yeast cake does more good than bad. Your beer will thank you for it. :)

SDBreWs0624 01-04-2013 12:46 AM

The air lock is not away to judge pressure in the fermenting bucket. The bucket is not air tight.

milarso 01-04-2013 12:50 AM


Originally Posted by aiptasia (Post 4744189)
Rest assured, a good 3 week primary ferment on the yeast cake does more good than bad. Your beer will thank you for it. :)

Thanks. I've been lurking around the forums, and that's kind of what I gathered. But the book I was reading (that came with the kit my wife bought me for Christmas) said it would be ready to bottle in 10 days...

bvn 01-04-2013 07:14 AM

The only critical things in brewing (that I have found) are:
- sanitize (reduce yeast competitor populations)
- feed the yeast well (wort & oxygenate)
- get the yeast to go forth and multiply (krausen)
you seem to have accomplished all three. The rest of the process is remarkably forgiving. For myself, I try for:
- primary (7 days)
- secondary (10 days), I dry hop most everything.
- keg conditioning (10 days),
but I've missed this schedule numerous times by more than several weeks with no ill effect. You wouldn't want to miss your honeymoon by as much :-) Come to think, we have been married for almost 50 years and our honeymoon was three years after we married. I am lucky that my wife is even more forgiving than the brew. I wish you a fantastic celebration.

milarso 01-20-2013 04:12 AM

Bottled today and was pretty happy with the way the beer looked and smelled. The last two bottles picked up some sediment, but the rest looked really clear when I held them up to the light. I'm pretty excited to try my beer in a couple of weeks!

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