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Old 10-06-2008, 05:15 PM   #1
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I am brewing a bock beer and the instructions say to bottle after 7 - 10 days and then let it sit for another 21 days. Is this about right or would you let it sit in the fermentor for longer than 7 - 10 days? I have been read some threads on the forums where others have let their beer sit in the fermentor for a month or so. Does it make a difference?

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I am brewing a bock beer and the instructions say to bottle after 7 - 10 days and then let it sit for another 21 days. Is this about right or would you let it sit in the fermentor for longer than 7 - 10 days? I have been read some threads on the forums where others have let their beer sit in the fermentor for a month or so. Does it make a difference?
I'd give it 2-3 weeks, bottle, and let it sit for 5-6 weeks in the bottles.

I like to primary for one day per 10 grav pts. 1.040 beer = 10 days, 1.060 = 15 days etc. and then I rack straight to the keg where it is allowed to condition for one week per 10 gravity points before carbonation and tapping. This method earned me the quote in my sig.
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:23 PM   #3
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I am doing a Northern Bock kit now. I am giving it at least 10 days in the primary at 50* and then will transfer it to a secondary for 2 months at 35*. Then I will keg it and give it another month which would be the same procedure as bottling.

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Sounds like the instructions you are reading are fairly generic. I'd leave it at least 2 full weeks in primary, 3 weeks if you don't plan to secondary. Once you bottle I would give it 30 days at a minimum but nothing says you can't sample a bottle here and there during that time.

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I almost all my beers for 3-4 weeks in the fermentor, then go to bottle for another 3 weeks minimum.

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It is fermenting around 76-79 degrees right now

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If it is a true Bock, you might have some problems with your fermenting temperatures. A Bock is a lager, and lager yeasts like it aroudn 55F, give or take a few degrees. At your temperatures, you might wind up with very fruity Bock that has at least a touch of acetaldehyde.


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Tex is right, that is too high of a temperature for a lager. I think it is even too high for an ale which I try to keep at 70*.

I pitched my lager yeast at 60*, and then stuck it in the fridge at 50*. When I transfer from the primary to secondary, I am going to let it sit out for two nights at room temp and then put it at 35* for two months. Since this is my first lager, I asked and overall these are the temps suggested by people on this forum.

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Thanks for the advice guys. I will correct that right away

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