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Old 01-29-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Default 4 weeks primary

So I brewed my third batch NB's Waldo lake amber ale extract kit and was going to bottle last Sunday but had a bunch of stuff come up so it looks like I will not get to it until Friday that's exactly four weeks. Is this too much time in the primary?? Should I try to bottle ASAP?
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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Lots of people leave it in primary longer than that. This will probably be a great beer.

The only time I worry about my timeframe for bottling is if I have dry hopped and I am worried about the hops starting to taste like grass.

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Old 01-29-2013, 02:51 PM   #3
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4 weeks is actually the minimum time I primary unless I happen to be using a secondary as well.

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I always shoot for 4 weeks primary as it gives enough time for the yeast to clean up the bi-products of fermentation and allows the beer to clear more before you bottle.

The biggest beginner mistake in home brewing is not giving enough time.

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4 weeks it is then. My first two batches sat for three weeks so it will be interesting to see the difference another week makes.

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It's fine to let it sit that long till you have time to bottle. I try to give the beer no longer than it needs to hit FG,clean & clear up before bottling.
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I've been brewing for about 2.5 years now and have somewhere around 80 batches under my belt.

In my experience, an average gravity (4.5-6.0 ABV), non-wheat ale seems to peak at around 12-14 weeks from brewday, obviously not withstanding hop aroma and other "freshness" factors, just the base beer itself.

I think ideally, something like that amber should really be 2 weeeks in primary, then keg/bottle and really let it sit at room temp for another 4-6 weeks to bulk condition, then a good 3-4 weeks at fridge temps, then serve.

Of course, not many of us have the pipeline to wait that long, and the same ale is certainly about 85% of it's peak after about 4-6 weeks. Not to mention, we all make bad batches and it is just a kick in the balls to wait 12-14 weeks for a batch that doesn't turn out.

Anyway, just my observation. I still am drinking most of my batches 4-6 weeks after brewday myself, but just like everyone else, the last bottle is always the best bottle!

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