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Old 12-19-2012, 02:23 PM   #1
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Hey sorry for the noob question... I've had a honey brown ale in the secondary for 5 weeks (Been busy with life this time of year and been trying to find enough time to get bottles clean that I got from a bottle depot). Theres no activity in the airlock. Should I repitch yeast before botteling or should I be alright to just prime and bottle? Thanks a lot for any help.

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Old 12-19-2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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Prime and bottle...some of the yeast will have settled out so it might take a little longer than normal to fully carb but you are good to go.

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Old 12-23-2012, 04:50 PM   #3
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I also am in the same situation. I have a honey porter that's been in the secondary for about 5 weeks as well. My concern was to either prime with honey or use the priming sugar. I am curious how your's comes out. Since this is my first made up from scratch recipe using Brewr on my phone. Looking forward to this coming out after a few weeks in the bottle.
Good luck and hope it turns out!

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What % ABV did you end up with? I'm assuming that this is somewhere in the 5-6.5% range. I know stuff over like 8% that has been in the secondary for a month or two might have have trouble carbonating since the yeast is slightly stressed and has flocculated out a fair amount. I would probably only pitch yeast at bottling if it was closer to 10% with a long secondary.

I think you'll be fine with just priming and bottling as usual if this is an average ABV beer.

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:02 PM   #5
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The yeast has been sleeping for awhile so use priming sugar like normal and then keep it at 70F for a month before testing one.

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Thanks guys... I got it bottled... I'm gonna let it sit for a few extra weeks... I'll probably end up trying one at three weeks just to see how its doing then go from there.. Thanks again for the help though...cheers!

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