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Old 04-05-2014, 05:03 AM   #11
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Aren't y'all worried about off flavors from the yeast cake at 4 weeks?


Is it that obvious?
The only times I secondary is if I'm adding something to the beer, really trying for clarity, or if I'm letting it sit for over 3 months. Sometimes I don't even bother, and just add to the primary and call it a day. I've had beer kickin' back on the cake for damn near 6 months and never had a problem.


I also allow my kid to ride a bike without a helmet. So maybe taking my advice isn't a good idea.

He looks cool though...
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:44 AM   #12
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1.040… is very very high.
Whats your original gravity?
Are you all grain brewing or extract?
What temperature are you fermenting at?
Is your hydrometer OK? Does it read about 1.000 with room temperature water?

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Aren't y'all worried about off flavors from the yeast cake at 4 weeks?
i would be more worried about "off flavors" (diacetyl, acetaldehyde, oxygenation) from a beer taken off the yeast too soon. some of the web stores have instructions to rack off primary after 7 days, and secondary for 14 days. there is no responsible reason to do this. the instructions are whack. leave it on the yeast for 21 days for a beer up to, say, 7%. i will rack to a bright tank for big beers, imho, the 1-2-3 rule is bogus.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:44 PM   #14
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Have you been using a hydrometer that reads 1.000 in plain water to take your readings?

You haven't been using a refractometer, I assume, but if you have been toss it aside and take a hydrometer reading.

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Depends on you palette. Some can taste yeast flavours others can't. I can't. I still try to get a batch to bottle in three weeks if I can. Something bothers me about fours weeks on the cake. So after 3 I personally would rack to secondary simply because it frees up my swamp cooler.

That said I had a stout on the cake for 6 weeks, initially it was yeasty, but that was because I repitched at week 5. It also had very little head, though that could have been something else.

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