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Old 11-18-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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I am a little confused(working on my first brew). I have read as much I could and watched an instructional video. I thought I had everything mapped out. I brewed my first batch 7 days ago and my plan was to transfer into the secondary fermentor tonight, but after reading some of the forum there appears to be several schools of thought as to whether or not just leave it in the primary fermentor for another week or so. By the way my first brew is the Autumn Amber Ale kit. Are there any thoughts on this? Thanks. By the way this is a great board from what I've read and I will probably update to a premium membership soon if I get hooked on this brewing stuff.

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Old 11-18-2011, 01:40 PM   #2
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Leave it in primary for 2-3 more weeks if you can stand it.

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Old 11-18-2011, 01:43 PM   #3
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There's no right or wrong answer to your question. Its mostly about preferences, what works for your process and setup.

For me, there are a couple of reasons to use a secondary or bright tank: 1) need to free up a primary for another batch; 2) long term aging; 3) dry hopping; 4) want to add gelatin or other finings. Otherwise, I leave it in the primary.

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Old 11-18-2011, 01:47 PM   #4
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Ditto posts above. Transferring after a week was old school when yeast health was questionable. Today we have good, healthy yeast that makes your beer better with time. So, what you've seen on this site re: long primary is very much accurate and good practice.

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Old 11-18-2011, 01:48 PM   #5
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Welcome to brewing, and to HBT!

I have never agreed with the fermentation time listed on most of the instructions for kits out there. Often times 7 days not nearly enough for the beer to be in a primary. Patience is always your greatest ally, and often the greatest enemy for new brewers (it was for me!).

My advice is to wait for fermentation to complete. If you're in a hurry, check your gravity reading after 7+ days, and when it finally stays the same for about 3 days, THEN you can consider moving it to a secondary if you really want/need to.

Personally, the shortest amount of time I leave a beer in the primary is 2 week, but 4-6 weeks is my standard. You don't need a secondary unless you want to clear the beer more, or add additional ingredients.

The best advice you'll see around here is to be patient. It's a killer, but you'll be happy you did.

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What do you want us to do? You say you've read the discussions on here, so you know what folks do. There's hundreds of thousands of discussions on it. You have to make up your own mind. The info is here, so now you need to decide whether you want to accept it or not. We cant tell you what to do....Do you want us to re-invent the wheel and tell you again our thoughts?Some of us have invested hours in writing up our thoughts on that already and researching it. What point is there to that again?



I'm not trying to be mean, I'm just confused about what you want from us.

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The chance of you "hurting" the beer by letting it sit in the primary a little longer is basically zero.

Like you mentioned, there are two schools of thought and it seems pretty evenly divided between the "need to secondary" and "don't need to secondary" parties.

Personally... I do both... sometimes I'll simply keg a beer right out of the primary after three-four weeks. Other times, I'll primary for two weeks and then secondary for two weeks.

Either way... especially on your first few batches, I would not worry about it at all.

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Most of my beer stay in primary for at least a month unless I'm adding something to them during secondary as mentioned above. I just bottled an oatmeal stout last night that sat in primary for 6 weeks. Also, is that the Autumn Amber Ale from Austinhomebrew? I brewed one of those when i first started out and it turned out to be a pretty good beer let me know how yours comes out.

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Thanks for the replies guys. I think I'll just leave it in the primary. One other quick question? I haven't taken any kind of readings on it. Do I need to do any of that or just wait a couple of weeks and move it to the bottling bucket?Thanks

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Thanks for the replies guys. I think I'll just leave it in the primary. One other quick question? I haven't taken any kind of readings on it. Do I need to do any of that or just wait a couple of weeks and move it to the bottling bucket?Thanks
Just do it on bottling day before you start the bottling process.
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