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Old 01-07-2014, 09:14 AM   #1
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Got two 5 gal batches in the fermentation chamber- flat tire ale and liberty cream ale. Both extract kits from midwest. Flat tire is 14 days old and cream ale is 12. They both have hit target gravity- 1.013 and 1.012 (measured 3 days in a row) so I know I can bottle.
My question is- if the brew sits in fermentation chamber longer (like another week or so) before I bottle, will that improve the taste? Flat tire has been racked into a secondary, so it's not sitting on the lees. Cream ale is still in primary.
I just don't wanna rush things. Would rather wait if that means the flavor would be improved.

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You don't even need them in the fermentation chamber. Once the fast part of the fermentation is over (usually 3 to 5 days) you can bring the beer out to room temperature until you are ready to bottle. I like to let my beer have plenty of time so the yeast clean up any off flavors and intermediate products that they make and begin to mature so I don't have to wait so long in the bottle.

You also don't need to secondary either of these beers. For quite a while it was thought that sitting on the yeast would give off flavors and indeed it does....if you have thousands of gallons in a huge conical. For your size of batch it really won't. You can let your beer sit in the primary fermenter for months without these off flavors happening. Leaving your beer in the fermenter a bit longer will improve the flavor and begin maturing it too. Bottle when your schedule fits it.

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I found through observation & tests for taste & clarity that after it reaches a stable FG,3-7 days is typically enough time to clean up by products of fermentation. It'll settle out as it does so,till it's either clear or slightly misty.

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