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Old 04-21-2008, 04:14 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I have a batch that did about 3 weeks in primary and has been in a secondary for close to a month now. I was only going to do 2 weeks in secondary but I didn't have time to bottle it.

Is 4 weeks to long in a secondary? It is a AHS Amber Ale.

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Old 04-21-2008, 04:30 PM   #2
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Too long in the secondary would be many months from now. Even then it would probably be just fine. 4 weeks should be no problem.

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You will now have very very clear beer! Good Job!

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1 month is nothing. I've kept beers in secondary for 4+ months and they turned out great.

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When I traveled for work, I left a beer for 5 weeks in the primary! that is supposed to cause autolysis (dying yeast) and give it a waxy flavor, but it never did.

In the secondary you've racked the beer off of the majority of dead yeast cells and as long as you kept it out of the light and away from oxygen, one month will actually be very good for your beer. you should be ready to drink as soon as it primes in the bottled and will have a smoother aged taste.

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