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Old 01-30-2009, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default Never got around to racking to secondary. Should I bottle?

I just made an all-extract Pils. I never got around to putting it in a secondary. It's now been 3 weeks. If the SG is right, should I just bottle it? What would I gain by putting it in a secondary for another week?

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Old 01-30-2009, 06:17 PM   #2
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Is this a true pils fermented at low temperature with lager yeast?

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Old 01-30-2009, 06:17 PM   #3
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The only reason why I put anything in the Secondary is to try to get some more of the sediment to settle out.

3 weeks in the primary should be fine, but take a gravity reading

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Not true pils. I used Wyeast 1007 German Ale yeast, and it fermented at about 61-64 degrees.

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Many of us skip secondary and leave our beers in primary for a minimum of 3-4 weeks...many of us have noticed a huge difference in improvement in quality by doing so...so your beer will be fine.

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I would recommend cold crashing if you're going to skip secondary with something as light as a pils.

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If you haven't already I would probably do a diactyl rest at room temps or so first. Maybe you could get away with bottling and let them sit a day or so at room temp after bottling... to carb and rest a bit. The more I skip a secondary the less I miss it.

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