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Old 04-24-2011, 04:44 PM   #1
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So I brewed my very first batch last Sunday and it recommended 7-10 days in primary. Also said must have one bubble a min before transfer. I am at 7 days and am getting bubbles still at 15-20 seconds. What happens if it stays longer in the primary?

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Old 04-24-2011, 04:47 PM   #2
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That is kind of a rough estimate for primary. You really need a hdyrometer to see if it is done. It will be fine for longer and a lot of people( myself included) prefer a longer primary for crisper beer anyway. Has the yeast dropped yet?

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Old 04-24-2011, 04:49 PM   #4
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Keep it in the primary for another week or 2 and then start measuring FG for consistent readings. I've never bottled before 2 weeks and have had to wait up to 5 weeks before fermentation completed once.

Just ignore the 7-10 day recommendation and go with what's right. Most instructions that I've read tend to throw out arbitrary lengths of time when they shouldn't.

I've read of people that keep it in the primary for a couple months, but I think that's overkill.

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As to airlock bubbling, read this as well.

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So should I pop the lid and take a reading then? It looks like some yeast has started to drop. Got a nice head on it too. Smells great

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So should I pop the lid and take a reading then? It looks like some yeast has started to drop. Got a nice head on it too. Smells great
When I do month long primaries I just take a reading at yeast pitch and a month later at bottling day.
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So I should be fine to transfer to my secondary? I wasn't going to bottle yet. I was planning on leaving it in the secondary for 2-4 weeks. So I can brew up another batch.

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If you are planning to rack to secondary, I recommend you wait til day 14, taking a grav reading on days 12 and 14 to inusure that fermentation is complete AND to have left a few extra days of yeast contact to, as mentioned in the first thread I linked, to let the yeast clean up after itself.

It makes for better beer either way than racking.

I recommend folks just get another fermenter and use their secondary to make a batch of apfelwein, or skeeter pee, or type of beverage where headspace isn't that crucial and/or you can make a 4.5 gallon batch in the 5 gallon vessel instead.

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Its safe to go to secondary now. Read gravity when racking, and write it down. 2-4 weeks in secondary is fine. Minimize oxygen exposure when racking and, if possible, minimize headspace in secondary vessel.

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