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Old 04-06-2007, 01:13 AM   #1
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Default Leaving town for awhile... do I brew?!

Going to be leaving for Seattle for 3 weeks. Want to brew an Oatmeal Stout this weekend but it will have to sit in the primary for at least 3 weeks, maybe 4. Should I go ahead with my plans and brew or hold off till I get back?

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Old 04-06-2007, 01:27 AM   #2
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Do you have anyone that you could have rack it to a secondary for you while you are gone?

Ive always heard that about a month is the max for leaving a brew on the trub in primary. It would probably be fine though after 3 weeks....Others will probably have better opinions...I have a buddy who brews too so I would have him come rack for me.

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Old 04-06-2007, 01:35 AM   #3
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Only person that's gonna be around is my wife. She will have nothing to do with my brewing. So it pretty much has to sit on the trub. I should be able to rack it over as soon as I get home, so I'm pretty much going to say it'll be in the primary for 3 weeks.

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Old 04-06-2007, 01:54 AM   #4
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Brew it...

Absolutely.

Brew it. It'll be great and if you don't you'll wish you did.

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Old 04-06-2007, 03:16 AM   #5
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No problem at all in leaving it that long. If you were going to be gone for 8-10 weeks, I would be more concerned. 3 or 4 weeks is fine. You won't even need to bother with a secondary, just rack to a keg or bottling bucket from there.

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Old 04-06-2007, 03:54 AM   #6
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Don't know what kind of system you've got but I'd add to the above enthusiasm only if you can keep your temperatures constant, or relatively so. I often leave my primaries for two or three weeks, even four if the alcohol is high enough, but only because the temps stay the same.

If you're fermenting in carboys indoors and your ambient temps are above 70, maybe you could get your wife to dump a few cups of water onto a towel wrap every couple of days... Tell her to pretend it's your head.

Cheers, and enjoy the Seattle beers. -p

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Old 04-06-2007, 11:42 AM   #7
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Thanks! I think I'm definately gonna brew it up! It'll be my first parital mash so I'm pretty excited. Been trying to brew that one for about a month now, but something always keeps coming up. The temperature usually remains about 70-72 degrees this time of year. In the hot months I'll definately have to be around to brew as my house is warm. 76-77 degrees. I'm sure I can probably get the wife to at least watch the temps for me.

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Old 04-06-2007, 12:38 PM   #8
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You betcha.

I travel a lot too. Prior to traveling I brew. When I get back I'm either brewing another batch, racking to a secondary, or bottling/kegging.

Last year I was on the road 23 weeks and brewed 32 batches.

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You betcha.

I travel a lot too. Prior to traveling I brew. When I get back I'm either brewing another batch, racking to a secondary, or bottling/kegging.

Last year I was on the road 23 weeks and brewed 32 batches.
That's awesome....you have something cool to look forward to upon arriving home
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That's awesome....you have something cool to look forward to upon arriving home
Exactly. Plus you aren't there worrying about it.
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