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Old 03-26-2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default Long primary - another reason

Many experienced homebrewers leave their beer in the fermenter for 3-4 weeks. Beginners find this very difficult to do. But here's a real motivator: when a batch is done fermenting there will be a layer of trub. By waiting an extra week or two, this layer will compact leaving you with an additional 2-3 quarts of clear brew.

That's most of a six-pack.

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Old 03-26-2009, 10:29 PM   #2
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but when you have 53 bottles anyway, whats the wait all about. i remember when i used to drink green beer, and go mmmmmmmmmmm........this is good sh!t. and now that i brew 6 batches at once and cant make room for more fast enough, letting it go like its supposed to promotes actual good beer. most beginners learn like i did.

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Old 03-26-2009, 10:41 PM   #3
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but when you have 53 bottles anyway, whats the wait all about. i remember when i used to drink green beer, and go mmmmmmmmmmm........this is good sh!t. and now that i brew 6 batches at once and cant make room for more fast enough, letting it go like its supposed to promotes actual good beer. most beginners learn like i did.
I did learn that way, except now I keg. But, same story...used to drink green brew and finish a batch right when it was about 2-3 months old. Now, I've gone to 10g batches and brewing quite a bit more and now I have a different problem. Too much beer (blasphemy, I know!). But I've got beer sitting in primary for almost 2 months just waiting for an empty keg. And to make matters worse, I want to BREW dammit...but I have no empty carboys to fill. But, I really can't complain with 5 different flavors on tap and some random stuff in bottles...it's a beautiful thing!
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:42 PM   #4
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Agreed, I like getting over 50 bottles out of a batch vs. 44-46. That extra week or 2 gets you 10-15% more beer for your investment. Not bad if you ask me. I wish my savings account did that...

Another thing I like is having fermenters able to handle 6.5gallons, it gets closer to 70 bottles out of a batch!!

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Maybe it's just the S-04 I'm using, but when I rack to my secondary after 2 weeks I get all but a tiny big out because my sediment is so compact. We're talking like a quarter inch of clay at the bottom of the fermenter. It couldn't get any MORE compact.

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Old 03-26-2009, 11:05 PM   #6
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Many experienced homebrewers leave their beer in the fermenter for 3-4 weeks. Beginners find this very difficult to do. But here's a real motivator: when a batch is done fermenting there will be a layer of trub. By waiting an extra week or two, this layer will compact leaving you with an additional 2-3 quarts of clear brew.

That's most of a six-pack.
not to mention making racking much easier since the trub is much harder to really disturb back in to suspension.
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cold crash FTW. It'll compact it even more.

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