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Old 05-25-2007, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default Can beer ferment for too long?

Its now been 15 days fermenting in my closet.
And I have to wait until next Wednesday to bottle.
(cause i'm awaiting some supplies from nothernbrewer)
Is that OK?

How long canbeer sit in that bucket for?

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Old 05-25-2007, 12:46 AM   #2
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IT should be fine till wenesday i wouldnt worry about it. I always use a secondary so that I dont have to worry about when i can find time to bottle.

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Old 05-25-2007, 12:53 AM   #3
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It'll only get better, unless of course you had to leave it a few months.

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Old 05-25-2007, 04:32 PM   #4
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Longest ferment I've had was six weeks in the primary and 10 months in the secondary. Big, over-peated barleywine.

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Is it still bubbling? Do you have a hydrometer? If so whats the S.G. now. I would say 15 days is more than enough for primary fermentation unless you are brewing a very big beer.

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Old 05-26-2007, 04:25 AM   #6
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ive been told leaving the beer in primary with too much yeast can contribute off flavors. Ive never left a batch in for more than 9 days in primary. lagering, yeast type, and temp seem to be factors in this decision also.

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Old 05-26-2007, 04:33 AM   #7
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Autolysis takes a lot longer to occur than most people think.

I left beer in a plastic carboy (as primary) for 14 months once by accident. Turned out great.

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