Autolysis isn't like El Chupacabra. It does exist. But on the list of all the things that can go wrong with a beer, autolysis one of the rarest.
My point was when I did primary only, my beer was drinkable at 6 weeks in the bottle but not enjoyable until 8 or 9 weeks.
When I switched to a secondary, which I do more for conditioning than anything else, my beer is enjoyable after 2 weeks in the secondary and 4 weeks in the bottle.
Is a secondary necessary? For most ales, no. But it gets me to drinking faster.
Thank you Lego Movie for letting me know that I'm the serious, unfun, mean dad who never lets his kids play with his toys.
On deck: Barleywine, Dampfbier, Belgain Golden Ale, Hazelnut Sweet Stout, IRA, Rye-weizen, Wit, Uinta Hazel Clone, Uinta Yard Sale Clone.