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Old 10-16-2008, 09:09 PM   #1
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Default Beer in my primary too long - repitch?

I brewed 2 batches of beer, last month I didnt rack to a secondary, figured I can just keep it in the primary just a bit longer. Bottled a batch last week (6 weeks old?) still no carbonation yet about 6 days later, might be right but not sure.

The 2nd batch has now been sitting for almost 8 weeksin the fermenter, should I repitch yeast.

My last batch was not as carbonated as I wanted it to be it also was in the primary for a longer period of time, I begining to wonder if I'm leaving it in there way too long.



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Old 10-16-2008, 09:29 PM   #2
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8 weeks is pushing it mate. you still shouldn't need to repitch yeasties after 6-8 weeks. one week in bottle is not long enough. try two or three. what temps are you bottle conditioning at?



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Old 10-16-2008, 09:47 PM   #3
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still no carbonation yet about 6 days later, might be right but not sure.
OH How I hope Revvy breaks out a nice "Hot Chick With A Gun!"

Seriously though...Don't be a Beer Pedophile! You're doing great at leaving it in Primary long enough...but Come On...Give it 21 days to carb...Maybe Longer cause you did such a good job of waiting.
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Old 10-17-2008, 04:32 AM   #4
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Bottles are conditioning at 70F.

I think its been in fermenter now for 46 days, with Wyeast Weiss (and a starter).

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I' going with the BigK on this one... You left it in primary so long.. Whats the rush now????

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how much priming sugar are you using? My first few batched I used a full cup, then scaled back to three quarters. I noticed those took longer to carb, so now I use almost a full cup of corn sugar to prime my bottles. Two, three weeks tops and they're fizzy enough for me. Still green, but better than store bought!

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Old 10-18-2008, 05:45 PM   #7
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can you actually leave a beer in the primary TOO long to be able to self carbonate ??

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I dont remember the exact amount of sugar used, I dont have beersmith infront of me now but I used enough for it to be at the higher end of the carbonation for that style.

So I didnt get a chance to bottle the beers this weekend. I'm going to have to repitch yeast for this batch in the carboy. I've never done it before I'm sure its pretty straight forward, I think I'm going to head to the LLS and get a bottle of some good German Weiss and try to culture the yeast from that into a starter for my repitch.

Any thoughts on that plan?

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I'd just get a package of cheap dry yeast, and use 1/4 package of that and mix it in with the dissolved priming solution (after it's cooled, of course). The yeast used for carbonating will not leave behind any flavor profile- the beer has been done for ages!

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can you actually leave a beer in the primary TOO long to be able to self carbonate ??
Yes, but it takes months. Typically you'd only need to re-pitch if it was a big ass barleywine, or a lager that was bulk aged 6 months in the cold.

Even then, you'll find guys on here that waited 6 months, bottled, and had carbonation after 4 weeks without re-pitching.


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