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Old 08-03-2008, 03:14 AM   #21
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While I am certainly a newb, I can say that letting it sit for a while certainly improves the beer. I am drinking a Nut -n- Honey Brown Ale right now, my 3rd batch. It spent 2 weeks in primary, 1 week in secondary, and 5 weeks in the bottle and is the best tasting beer I have made yet. Homebrewing will teach you patience if nothing else. Brew more and let it sit is my experience.

I will be brewing my first Ag tomorrow, I' sure that will once again test my patience.....

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Old 08-03-2008, 03:14 AM   #22
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I started with the 1-2-3 method, and have since started 2-2-3 or 3-2-3 since I'm not always able to rack to secondary right away. The results have been much better with a longer time in primary. There are a few threads around recently about a longer primary helping prevent diacetyl and other off flavors since it gives the yeast time to clean up some byproducts produced during the active phase of fermentation.

Now that I'm using fining agents more regularly, I could probably skip the secondary since the beer is usually pretty clear going into the secondary.

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Old 08-03-2008, 03:24 AM   #23
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would leaving it in primary for 3 weeks and then transferring to secondary for 2 or so weeks hurt bottling at all (specifically I mean will there be enough yeast to carb)?

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Old 08-03-2008, 03:29 AM   #24
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Im brewing an IPA soon, this is what im going to do for it:

OG - 64
FG - 16
IBU - 69
ABV - 6.2
SRm - 8
5 Gallons
California Ale Yeast

.5# Crystal 60
9# 2-row
1# Munich
1# Vienna

.5 oz Columbus @ 60
.5 oz Perle @ 60
.5 oz Perle @ 15
1 oz Cascade @ 5
1 oz Cascade (whole) @ Dry Hop

- Preheat MLT w/ 3 gallons near boiling water
- Add grains to MLT
- Add 3.4 gallons of 167F water to reach 152F
- Mash one hour
- Collect 1st runnings ( Mash out w/ 170F *been having bad luck w/ stuck sparges)
- Sparge 1 w/ 2 gallons (allow to sit for 10 mins. before sparge)are you mixing?
- Sparge 2 w/ 2 gallons (allow to sit for 10 mins. before sparge)
- Approx. 6.5 gallons collected, bring to boil
- Add hops according to schedule @ 60 mins.
- Cool immediately w/ immersion chiller until 75F
- Pour kettle wort into primary
- pitch yeast, seal.
- after primary fermentation (1 week), rack to secondary
- after 2 weeks in secondary, bottle.
- After 3 weeks, get pissed and frustrated with same ol same ol generic tasting brew.
not to be an a** but that recipe is going to get you a thin tasting unbalanced bitter beer.if your after a malty sided beer try orfy's hobgoblin clone
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Old 08-03-2008, 03:31 AM   #25
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would leaving it in primary for 3 weeks and then transferring to secondary for 2 or so weeks hurt bottling at all (specifically I mean will there be enough yeast to carb)?
You can leave it much longer than that and have no trouble with enough yeast to carbonate. I usually leave mine for a couple months in the secondary and never had to add yeast.
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Old 08-03-2008, 03:32 AM   #26
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You can leave it much longer than that and have no trouble with enough yeast to carbonate. I usually leave mine for a couple months in the secondary and never had to add yeast.
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I leave mine in the primary a minimum of 10 days to a month if I'm busy and don't need to put another batch in place. 10 days minimum though before cold crashing, so really it's on the yeast at least 14 days before racking.

Once kegged, it's at least another 4 weeks before drinking.

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Old 08-03-2008, 04:51 AM   #28
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Maybe this is too obvious, but have you checked your thermometer? It could be upto 10deg off, maybe your mashing in the 140's, that would give you a thin dry beer every time.

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not to be an a** but that recipe is going to get you a thin tasting unbalanced bitter beer.if your after a malty sided beer try orfy's hobgoblin clone
Well I was really wanting an IPA, not an old ale ya know? No you're not being an a**, I appreciate criticism. Why would it be unbalanced? ( I am in no way superior in creating recipes and could really use the advice)
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Ill keep you guys updated, im praying that its all on me not being patient enough. We shall see, if by October these beers arent better tasting then....well , I dont know what ill do.

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