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Old 06-25-2008, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Extra week in secondary?

I'm going to go on vacation starting next weekend and have a lot to do in advance of the trip.

I have two batches in a secondary right now - a New Castle Clone and an Oktoberfest. Their 2nd week in the secondary is over this weekend. Would another week hurt? Help? make no difference?

I could bottle it Friday if I had to, but really would rather wait than rush it.

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Old 06-25-2008, 12:09 AM   #2
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Another week would make it very slightly better. We're talking pretty small margins here, but you could leave it in secondary for a couple of months and it'd continue to improve.

It would do absolutely no harm whatsoever to leave it in secondary a little longer, so enjoy your vacation in the knowledge that your beer will have bulk-conditioned in your absence, and will be all the better for it.

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Old 06-25-2008, 12:55 AM   #3
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I secondary for at least 3-4 weeks if I need to use a secondary. Leave it for awhile.

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Old 06-25-2008, 12:56 AM   #4
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Yeah you'll be fine. I'll leave my ales in the secondary for 2 weeks minimum and have gone almost 2 months on some so no worries.

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Old 06-25-2008, 01:59 PM   #5
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I hate bottling so I typically procrastinate when that time comes. Sometimes my beer sits in the secondary for two weeks, sometimes four weeks, it just depends how motivated I am.

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I've had beer in the secondary for almost 2 months before. No worries.

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Old 06-25-2008, 02:41 PM   #7
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FWIW You can leave beer in the secondary for years if you have a high ABV. Hoppy beers I would not suggest long secondaries... maybe a few months at most. Strong malty beers may require some aging in the bottle/keg/secondary. Your oktoberfest may benefit if it's a high ABV brew.

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