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Old 09-02-2010, 01:17 AM   #1
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I made a Porter over 2 wks ago. This past weekend I transfered it to my secondary. Fermentation seems to have stopped for now have seen a bubble for awhile, can I bottle this weekend or let it rest another week?

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Old 09-02-2010, 01:26 AM   #2
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Start another batch of beer this weekend to take your mind off the Porter. Let the Porter sit in the secondary another 2 weeks. Fermentation is probably done (test with hydrometer: no change over 3 days = done) but, the Porter needs the time to age. Don't rush it.

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Old 09-02-2010, 01:28 AM   #3
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I agree, a month prior to bottle will do it good. Next time use both fermentors as primaries, and keep them on the yeast cakes a month.

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Old 09-02-2010, 01:45 AM   #4
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I'd say give it at least one more week, the longer you leave it, the better it will get. That being said, at first I rushed through my fermentations without much loss of flavors, after you bottle a couple times the tedious nature of it will make it easier and easier to wait(put it off.) I may get yelled at for this but I say hurry up and enjoy those first few ones, the patience comes naturally later.

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Old 09-02-2010, 04:42 AM   #5
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Patience, young grasshopper. Follow the 1-month rule. Occasionally wheats can be an exception. A general rule of thumb is, the darker the beer the longer you wait. Porters can be aged for 3-4 months, depending on your patience.

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