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Old 12-15-2011, 11:46 PM   #1
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Have a batch of black ale fermenting now in a plastic bucket. It is going on it sexing week of fermenting. It's OG was 1.082. I am wondering if I should use secondary fermenting or go ahead and bottle and 2 weeks. If I use secondary fermenting should I add new yeast cells to the batch?

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Old 12-15-2011, 11:59 PM   #2
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I wouldn't bottle it yet. I'd leave it a full 4 weeks in primary or another 2 weeks in secondary if you prefer. That's what I would do. You wouldn't need any extra yeast for secondary, btw, existing yeast should suffice just fine.

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Old 12-16-2011, 02:43 AM   #3
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I wouldn't bottle it yet. I'd leave it a full 4 weeks in primary or another 2 weeks in secondary if you prefer. That's what I would do. You wouldn't need any extra yeast for secondary, btw, existing yeast should suffice just fine.
+1 to more time & no new yeast. Bigger beer often means longer ferment to finish out and clean up.
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info

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Old 12-16-2011, 04:00 PM   #5
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It's NOT going on the sixth week of fermenting. Fermentation was over proabably 5 weeks ago. It's been conditioning. Cleaning up, but fermentation's been long over.

Many of us skip secondary, and do exactly what you did, leave it in primary for about a month, or more, then we bottle or keg. At this point you don't need a secondary. You accompolished what you use a secondary mostly for, CLEARING the beer, in the 6 weeks in primary.

Just bottle it.

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Old 12-17-2011, 12:58 AM   #6
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How much yeast did you pitch origionally? Barley wines or strong ales may need a little boost upon bottle priming depending on the yeast's tolerance.That and the longer primary, it seems it takes longer to carb but that is also associated just being a bigger beer- to take longer.

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