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Old 06-15-2007, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default How long is too long in primary?

I have a cream ale I brewed a week ago. I was going to rack it to secondary tonight but my family is off for vacation for a week and I have to hurry and pack for the trip. I dont think there is anything bad with leaving it another week but I figured I would ask.

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Old 06-15-2007, 04:27 PM   #3
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Thanks and I will

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Old 06-15-2007, 04:39 PM   #4
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If it's a glass carboy. Otherwise I would transfer now.

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Old 06-15-2007, 04:46 PM   #5
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I've left beers in primary buckets for three weeks without any issue whatsoever. It's fine, I'd personally be comfortable stretching that up to a month (probably not much longer than that). Almost every time I brew, the beer sits in primary (until very recently, always in a bucket) for at least two weeks (I'm lazy, I hate racking).

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Old 06-15-2007, 04:55 PM   #6
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I would say a month, no problem, in a well-sealed bucket. Longer would be OK in a carboy. Depending on the beer, there may be little use for a secondary if it's been three weeks or more.

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Old 06-15-2007, 04:58 PM   #7
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I left one in a primary bucket for 34 days. It won Best of Style and Best of Show that beat out over 100 brews.

I wouldn't worry about it. Enjoy your time away...

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I've heard about not using a secondary at all and I'm trying it out on my next few beers. 3 weeks in primary, then bottle (glass carboy)

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Old 06-15-2007, 06:51 PM   #9
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Leave it.

That's all I'd say except that I need more characters than that to meet the ten minimum. I think this takes care of it.

Ok, I lied

I routinely leave primaries for 2 weeks or longer. Partly out of time constraints, partly just to let the yeast do their thing. Two or even three weeks is not even coming close to autolysisville.

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Old 06-15-2007, 06:52 PM   #10
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He'll be back from vacation and we'll still be yammering about how OK it is to leave it in the primary!

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