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Old 11-18-2010, 02:44 AM   #1
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I'm a noob and wondering if it's possible to have my beer in primary for too long? It's been 3 weeks so far. Will it be fine if I leave it there for 5 weeks total before bottling? I've been away and am leaving again in 2 days so I may not have time to bottle it for a while.

Let me know - thanks!

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Old 11-18-2010, 02:45 AM   #2
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Sure, you'll be fine with 5 weeks. I've had mine in primary close to 2 months with no ill-effects.

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Old 11-18-2010, 03:08 AM   #3
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no problem at all, i've got one thats been in there for 6 weeks right now

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Old 11-18-2010, 03:14 AM   #4
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I'm a noob and wondering if it's possible to have my beer in primary for too long? It's been 3 weeks so far. Will it be fine if I leave it there for 5 weeks total before bottling? I've been away and am leaving again in 2 days so I may not have time to bottle it for a while.

Let me know - thanks!
It depends a lot on the style. A light lager would suffer. On the other hand, i had a Guiness clone on primary for six months and it was delicious. IMHO, five weeks is not too long for an ale.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:22 AM   #5
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It'll be ok, I've gone 60 days in the primary before with no ill effects. And that was a beer with 2oz of dry hops. One of the best beers I've made so far. I wouldn't make a habit out of this kind of practice though.

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