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Old 01-13-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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Question about time frames.

The beer in question is the extract kit autumn amber ale from Midwest. They say primary 5-7 days. Secondary 7 days bottle for two weeks. Drink.

Anyone use this kit. I am primary for 7 days as of tomorrow moving to secondary to free up primary. Is one week good for secondary. Once fg is for 3 days the same is it good? Basically should I follow Midwest instructions or do something else for secondary and bottle times?

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Old 01-14-2012, 12:09 PM   #2
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:19 PM   #3
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Question about time frames.

The beer in question is the extract kit autumn amber ale from Midwest. They say primary 5-7 days. Secondary 7 days bottle for two weeks. Drink.

Anyone use this kit. I am primary for 7 days as of tomorrow moving to secondary to free up primary. Is one week good for secondary. Once fg is for 3 days the same is it good? Basically should I follow Midwest instructions or do something else for secondary and bottle times?
I have not done the kit but:

Check the FG for 3 days before moving to secondary. You want the primary fermentation to finish while still on the yeast cake.

Most kit directions have short time frames. I always go longer.

I have also started skipping secondary entirely. 3-4 weeks in primary then bottle.

The beer may be ready after 2 weeks in bottles at about 70 degrees but may take 3 or more. High gravity beers may take months to fully carbonate
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:42 PM   #4
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The kit instructions put a timeline on your beer but the yeast have their own ideas. I tend to think that longer is better. I'd leave that in the primary as moving it to the secondary really serves no useful purpose in my opinion. Be careful when you rack to the bottling bucket so you don't stir up too much yeast from the fermenter. Even if you do get some it usually settles out in the bottling bucket pretty quickly.

Two weeks in the bottle (after 3 weeks in the fermenter) will get you some good beer to drink. It will probably be even better with 2 more weeks.

Try to keep the temperature under 70 while it is fermenting and under 65 might be better.

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Old 01-14-2012, 01:14 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I think I'll give it 2 weeks in secondary.

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Old 01-14-2012, 01:18 PM   #6
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The beer is ready to be transferred when it's ready to be transferred.

You can't rush a good beer into bending to your schedule.

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Old 01-14-2012, 01:24 PM   #7
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I am brewing this kit right now. I asked around for lots of advice and many folks said to not even rack to secondary; just leave it in the primary. I am relatively new to brewing, so I am relying on experience from these threads. Do a search on the threads for no secondary fermentation. There are lots of discussions on the topic.

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Old 01-14-2012, 01:39 PM   #8
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I'll be doing this kit in a few weeks. I'm going to let it sit for as long as possible, while I get my kegging stuff together.

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Old 01-30-2012, 06:53 PM   #9
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I have this same kit brewing as we speak. I brewed on 15th, racked to secondary on the 22nd. Was hoping for superbowl brews but am going to bottle on Sunday and it won't be carbonated .

How did yours turnout?

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Old 01-30-2012, 07:07 PM   #10
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I brewed this on the 2nd of Jan as my first brew. I did 7 for primary and secondary and let it sit for the 2 weeks as of today. FG was consistent but I am at work so I cant tell you my exact readings. Last Monday I couldnt wait to try it, so I cracked a test on and light carb and head. Going to wait till super bowl to introduce to my friends tho.

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