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Old 02-24-2009, 04:29 PM   #1
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So, I'm off to Florida to escape the bitter cold of North Dakota.

I have a 2.5 gallon batch in the primary.
Planned on skipping secondary on this one.

I read that up to a month in primary is okay, but would
it be shorter for a 2.5 gal?

Brewed on the 17th, and will be back on the 6th.
Am I going to have a problem with autolysis, or need I not worry?

I'm sure I could talk one of my buddies into bottling, but I like to
have my hand on everything that happens to my beer.

What do you guys think?



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Old 02-24-2009, 04:31 PM   #2
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Nope, you will be fine. Leave it



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Old 02-24-2009, 04:32 PM   #3
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I count that as 17 days? No? Usually from what I've heard/read 3 weeks is fine... thats 21 days... more CAN be a problem but usually isn't until about 4 weeks. If you pitched on the 17th, then it should be fine until the 6th... I'm still pretty new, so I may be confusing myself too, but I'm pretty sure that's right.

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I have left mostly all of my beers in the primary for over a month. Usually 5-6 weeks is my standard.

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I read that up to a month in primary is okay, but would
it be shorter for a 2.5 gal?
No...in this case size dosen't matter, I leave both my 5 gallon and 2.5 gallon batcjes for a month

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Brewed on the 17th, and will be back on the 6th.
Am I going to have a problem with autolysis, or need I not worry?
No....See first answer....

Enjoy your trip.

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I regularly brew 2.5 gal batches. They are treated the exact same in my brewery, as they should be. I've left them in primary for up to a month and a half with no ill effects.

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I've been doing a lot of 2.5 gallon batches myself recently as I brew more often than I drink 5 gallons of beer.

I too do not rack to secondary with these smaller batches because I feel the impact of the beer lost during racking and the risk of oxidation double as the batch gets smaller.

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Wow, thanks for the quick responses.
That puts me at ease.

bsay, I think you're the first fellow South Dakotan I've seen on the boards.



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