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Old 05-11-2007, 10:49 AM   #1
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the person i bought my brew supplies said that after 3 days i should put it into my carboy and let it sit there, before bottleing. he also told me to follow the directions of the kit, which say to leave it in bucket, and bottle it from there.

should i follow the directions of the kit or the guy from the store?

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Old 05-11-2007, 12:20 PM   #2
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Are you using a ale pail type setup for your primary?

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Old 05-11-2007, 12:49 PM   #3
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I think "Neither!". Alot of people around here recommend the 1-2-3 method; 1 week in the primary, 2 weeks in the secondary (carboy), then 3 weeks in bottles.

3 days is way too soon to transfer it. The best way to know is to take sg readings. When the beer reaches the final gravity, it's done! Then it takes a while to clear and condition.

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thank you chick, i thought 3 days was way to soon to tranfer it. i will follow the 1-2-3 method.

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1-2-3 covers 90% or more of the styles out there. What are you brewing?

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Old 05-11-2007, 03:51 PM   #6
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john bull brown ale beer kit

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Old 05-11-2007, 03:55 PM   #7
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What kind of primary did they sell you? I went to the Purple Foot and they told me the same thing. But my primary looked like an 11 gal. white garbage pail. So i followed what they said and got it into the carboy as soon as the kreusen fell. About three days.

My first batch was a John Bull Brown Ale kit as well.

Where in Wisconsin are you located?

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1-2-3 applies well to that style, though you might cheat and drink one two weeks after bottling and see what you think!

Really the things it doesn't apply to are easier to list:

1) higher gravity beers that might want longer in secondary and will need longer in bottles (sometimes MUCH longer)

2) beers with a lot of hops which might want to mellow out in secondary and bottles a bit longer.

3) hefeweizens which can be ready in as little as 10 to 14 days from brewing.

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Old 05-11-2007, 04:12 PM   #9
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i am in wawautosa, right by the milwaukee zoo. yes they sold me a white garbage pail as well. i dont think it matters what bucket looks like. so did you use the 3 day method?

this is my first batch, so im not that advanced moon. thank you for the 1,2,3, method advice though.

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Ya since the was no airlock on the garbage pail thing I just moved it to the carboy with the air lock after the kreusen fell. I bought a couple of 6.5 gallon carboys for primarys as soon as I could afford them. The white garbage pail is now for grain storage.

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