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Old 09-30-2006, 01:23 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,
This is my first post on this site. I've been lurking around for months now and have noted all kinds of good advice, but I've got a question I can't find an answer to.

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My second brew is sitting in the secondary and has been for the past 2 weeks. I had it in the primary for 2 weeks as well. The gravity has not changed in the past week and a half. I'm leaving on a 2 week trip in a couple of days. Besides the beer becoming clearer, is there any advantage to leave it in the secondary for the 2 weeks I am gone, or should I just bottle?

Thanks for everyone's time!
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Old 09-30-2006, 01:28 AM   #2
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As long as you gravity has stabilized (usually for 3 days) AND it's within the range for the style of beer then it's ready to bottle.

If you can't find the time to bottle just check the airlock and refill as necessary and it can wait until you come back.

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Old 09-30-2006, 02:07 AM   #3
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Looks like you've done what the secondary is good for. Bottle the stuff and when you get back it should be ready to try

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Old 09-30-2006, 02:31 AM   #4
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If you bottle now, it will be carbonated & almost be ready to drink when you get back.

If you wait, you'll not be rushing the bottling process.

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Old 09-30-2006, 02:35 AM   #5
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bottle it before you leave, especially if you are dry hopping since it may give the beer off-flavors if you dry hop for more than 2 weeks.

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Old 09-30-2006, 03:05 AM   #6
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is there any advantage to leave it in the secondary for the 2 weeks I am gone,
Bulk aging is better than bottle aging in most cases. It will also be more clear when youdo bottle it.
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:51 AM   #7
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I would bottle now, that way you can drink it when you get back (instead of sitting staring longingly at cases of beer that aren't ready yet, like me).

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In theory (where KornKob assures us everything works) I'd bottle now so it would be ready when I got back. But in reality (where I actually live and don't always work so well), I'd procrastinate and leave it to condition in the carboy.

Procrastination really is a good trait for homebrewers, I think.

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Old 09-30-2006, 01:35 PM   #9
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Thanks for everyone's response! I think I will go ahead and bottle it. I just wanted to make sure I'm good. I didn't want this brew turn out like my first one (a SNPA clone). It was undrinkable. I even let it age for 6 months while I was on another "trip" and it was still horrible.

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Old 09-30-2006, 01:47 PM   #10
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By your name i am going to assume what your job is, in doing this i have to ask if that six month "trip" is in a submarine? That would suck for someone who is 6'6" like myself. Im getting all claustrophbic just thinking about it.

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