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Old 02-09-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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I'm about 3/4 of the way through brewing my first batch of beer.... 15 minutes left in my boil.... Can't wait to learn a bit and see how this turned out in a couple weeks.

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Good luck. I just started my second batch (steeping now). I didn't even wait for the first to finish. I had funand just have a feeling these are going to be good!

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Good luck. I just started my second batch (steeping now). I didn't even wait for the first to finish. I had funand just have a feeling these are going to be good!
I bottled batch #1 today and then moved batch #2 to secondary to free my primary in case I want to cook next week.

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Unless you are going to add something like fruit LEAVE it in the primary for 2-3 weeks Don't keep opening and taking samples. Just wait, let the yeast clean up and settle to the bottom. I know it's hard, but you'll have a better beer. Then 3 weeks in bottles. Yea, if you made a 5 gallon batch go try one bottle a week to see the difference in the conditioning.

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Unless you are going to add something like fruit LEAVE it in the primary for 2-3 weeks Don't keep opening and taking samples. Just wait, let the yeast clean up and settle to the bottom. I know it's hard, but you'll have a better beer. Then 3 weeks in bottles. Yea, if you made a 5 gallon batch go try one bottle a week to see the difference in the conditioning.
I plan to leave it in the primary for one week, then transfer to secondary and dry no, and leave it there for 2 weeks.
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Don't rack out of primary after only one week. It'll likely need more time. And always make sure it'sat FG before racking. It can stall out if racked too soon. No need to play mad scientist with the fermenting beer. Just leave it be,the yeast have their own schedule.
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Don't rack out of primary after only one week. It'll likely need more time. And always make sure it'sat FG before racking. It can stall out if racked too soon. No need to play mad scientist with the fermenting beer. Just leave it be,the yeast have their own schedule.
+1 Leave it in the primary for 3 weeks, make sure the gravity is where you expect it to be, bottle and wait 3 weeks to enjoy. I usually start sampling after a week in the bottle, but waiting really improves the product. Taking gravity readings is really important, it's the only way to know the beer is done to avoid bottle bombs. If you don't have an hydrometer you should get one. Have fun and enjoy your brew, this can be a great hobby. Or obsession.
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So should it be at my final gravity reading before I transfer to secondary?

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So should it be at my final gravity reading before I transfer to secondary?
Pretty much +1 to everything that people are saying.

2-3 wks in primary, if @ FG then rack to secondary (or leave it in primary if you are not adding anything)

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