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Old 11-12-2011, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default Long secondary, do I need more yeast

I brewed up a batch at the end of Sept. Sat in primary for around a week, then racked to secondary (I know didn't need to, but was going from LHBS instructions).

I kind of forgot about it.. So it's been in secondary for like 5 weeks. Am I going to need to pitch more yeast, or otherwise do anymore extra to ensure it gets carbed after bottling?

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Old 11-12-2011, 12:26 AM   #2
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Nope, you're good!

A "long secondary" is more like 6-12 months and even though re-yeasting may not be necessary!

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I agree with Yooper... with a then instead of a though

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I just bottled a brew from August. No new yeast, no concerns.

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Awesome, thanks everyone! Going to be bottling tonight!

As a quick aside, this is my second batch. First batch followed their FIRST instructions, which, well, were less than adequate. I've learned SO much from here (that just seems logical), what a great group of people.

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Awesome, thanks everyone! Going to be bottling tonight!

As a quick aside, this is my second batch. First batch followed their FIRST instructions, which, well, were less than adequate. I've learned SO much from here (that just seems logical), what a great group of people.

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I think we're pretty great, too! When I had a question about a beer, I googled "homebrew" or something and found this forum. The forum was so nice, and answered my questions so well, that I stuck around. And now, more than 5 years later I moderate this forum! Unbelievable, really.

Of course, I blame this forum for 5 wasted years and $5000 of expenses towards beer!!!!!!
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I think we're pretty great, too! When I had a question about a beer, I googled "homebrew" or something and found this forum. The forum was so nice, and answered my questions so well, that I stuck around. And now, more than 5 years later I moderate this forum! Unbelievable, really.

Of course, I blame this forum for 5 wasted years and $5000 of expenses towards beer!!!!!!
That is so true. I've spent a lot of time on forums (for other hobbies/obsessions/addictions lol), but everything I hit google for something, it takes me back here to posts with straight proper answers.

I think I've just crossed the $1000 mark and I only started 2 months ago, adds up FAST! lol BUT... I'm enjoying it, so it's well worth it!
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I would almost never contradict Yooper, but I'm going to have to say pitch a little extra yeast. It will carb without it, yes, but it may take longer, as in months longer. Particularly if it is a high gravity beer, the yeast have been through some abuse. I had an 10% IPA I bottled in May after a 2 month primary, and it literally took 3 months to carb. Same thing happened with a 12% abv quadrupel I did (damn thing STILL isn't carbed.) I always put a nice dash of Nottingham whenever I bottle anything high gravity now, and it really makes a difference.

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Adding a gram or two of dry yeast has no draw backs that I've found. If your worried I can't find a good reason not to. Adding a whole pack is just way too much.

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