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schwec79j 11-14-2010 09:33 PM

Is 8 weeks too long?
 
Hey guys, I have a northern brewer german helles kit. It has been in my lagering fridge for 8 weeks. I forgot to transfer it for secondary fermentation. Is it still good?

Yooper 11-14-2010 09:51 PM

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Originally Posted by schwec79j (Post 2405275)
Hey guys, I have a northern brewer german helles kit. It has been in my lagering fridge for 8 weeks. I forgot to transfer it for secondary fermentation. Is it still good?

It's still in the primary? At fermentation temperatures? It is probably ok. I'd check and see how it tastes/smells and then rack it if it's ok. It should be, but I've never left a lager on the yeast cake more than 2 weeks or so.

Revvy 11-14-2010 09:56 PM

I just bottled an ale that sat for 5.5 months, and the beer is fine.

schwec79j 11-14-2010 10:50 PM

Yes it's still in the primary. I hope its fine.

Revvy 11-14-2010 10:56 PM

It will be...Someone on here, I can't recall who, mentioned in one of the long primary/no secondary threads, that he lagers for several months in primary.

Scallywag 11-14-2010 11:56 PM

It will be fine. If something is wrong, the problem is not that you left it in your refrigerator for 8 weeks. Give it a diacetyl rest and keg or bottle.

evilhomer 11-15-2010 03:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Revvy (Post 2405413)
It will be...Someone on here, I can't recall who, mentioned in one of the long primary/no secondary threads, that he lagers for several months in primary.

There are people who claim you need the glass for long lagering because oxygen gets through the plastic, thoughts on this? I'm assuming he primaried in a bucket.

Revvy 11-15-2010 03:18 PM

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Originally Posted by evilhomer (Post 2406630)
There are people who claim you need the glass for long lagering because oxygen gets through the plastic, thoughts on this? I'm assuming he primaried in a bucket.

there's a lot of folks who claim a lot of stuff that turns out to be wrong, or out dated, or pure conjecture...The whole glass vs plastics debate is one of those things.

My 5.5 months beer was primaried in a bucket if it matters...no issues.

schwec79j 11-17-2010 12:33 AM

I primaried in a 6 gal glass carboy.


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