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Old 12-05-2007, 12:41 AM   #1
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Two 5 gallon extract batches; Williams’s double stout and brown ale.
Beer went in primary Sunday 2 Dec and started perking Monday morning. I will be gone on a trip for a minimum of a week and could be gone 2 weeks. I thought it would be bad to leave the beer in the primary that long (11-19 days). Was thinking of moving it to the secondary this Thursday (4 days). What should I do? What is the down side of moving it to the secondary? Just asking the question because I’m new.

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Old 12-05-2007, 12:47 AM   #2
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Hi Glenn, Ive had this question before and was told 11-19 days in the primary is nothing. Many people don't even use secondaries and just leave it in the primary for 3 weeks until they bottle. I hope this helps!

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Old 12-05-2007, 02:27 AM   #3
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The brew will be fine in the primary and happy to see you when you get back.

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Old 12-05-2007, 02:35 AM   #4
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Like GaryA says, your brew will be fine. Have a nice trip.

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what is it between 1 and 2 months on the origional trub May affect flavor?

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Old 12-06-2007, 12:10 AM   #6
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Thanks all I will leave it, you know us new guys we worry too much.

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You could always take this opportunity to do a small experiment.

When you get back from your trip, rack and bottle...skip secondary. If your beer turns out the same or better, then you have just saved yourself some racking and cleaning.

I went from doing secondaries to extended primaries due to a vacation.



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