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Old 01-19-2014, 10:24 PM   #21
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Yeah, it certainly looked that way when it was still bubbling pretty good after 10 days....definitely optimistic in the total fermentation time. But the hydrometer reading hadn't changed in a full week. I think it was either stuck or done. Being my first batch I was afraid of off flavors or spoilage if it sat too much longer in the primary.
Don't worry about spoilage or off flavors, especially for leaving in primary.
Unless you're talking about months and months, it doesn't hurt the beer to leave it be.
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Old 02-01-2014, 01:41 AM   #22
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Well, I cracked one open and it tastes quite good, so I'm happy. I'll be making this one again. I think in the future I'll do a starter for the yeast and if the weather is colder I'll put the fermenter in a warmer place. Live and learn and keep enjoying, no?

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Old 02-01-2014, 03:45 AM   #23
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Mine also turned out just fine
I smelled a ton of bananas when I racked it but after the dry hopping and kegging it went away

I won't make that mistake again though


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Old 02-01-2014, 04:46 PM   #24
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Just an FYI based on your bottle fill image above: next time I recommend filling up into the neck of the bottle as well. Having less oxygen in the bottle is a good thing. But don't worry, your beer should still be fine
+1 on the headspace. If you're using a spring-loaded bottling wand, let it fill all the way to the top of the bottle before stopping. When you pull the bottle away from the wand, it'll create just the right amount of headspace.
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Question....I noticed there were some clear bottles used. I was told NOT to do this as it can very easily give the beer off flavors if exposed to any light. Is this true...?

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Question....I noticed there were some clear bottles used. I was told NOT to do this as it can very easily give the beer off flavors if exposed to any light. Is this true...?
You can use clear bottles as long as you are careful to keep them in the dark. I've used old Newcastle bottles without a problem. But you have to keep it in mind that light can skunk your beer. So keep the clear bottles in cases and/or in the fermenter or fridge. Brown bottles give an extra measure of safety here and that's why most people suggest sticking with the brown bottles.
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Lol, I don't ever keep undrunk beer for long, so I would guess that even clear glass is fine for short term. Having said that, I'll agree that everything I have ever heard suggests that long term storage should only be in dark bottles.

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