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Old 01-15-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default Ready to bottle, can it stay another week?

Did not buy a vinator bottle rinser so was gonna get one, but LHBS is out and will not have any for a few days.

Have a plain wheat ale in primary since 31 Dec. Not going to secondary. Hydrometer reading is at 1.012 and been steady for 3 days.

I could go old school and rinse bottles and sanitize in a bucket, or wait until I get a vinator.

Anything wrong with keeping in fermenter for another week? Will it hurt? Or do I need to bottle as soon as beer reaches FG?

Thanks for helping a new brewer.

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:40 PM   #2
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wont hurt to keep it in the fermenter another week... there are lots on here that primary for a month before bottling, it will actually help it clear and finish better. (call it bulk aging)

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:43 PM   #3
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If your looking to just get the bottles ready. You can stick them in the dishwasher with no soap and run it. The heat from the dishwasher will sanitize your bottles for you. Plus they are all done and ready in one swoop

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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I'm currently drinking a beer that sat in primary for over 7 months! Some of the hop character has faded but otherwise it tastes delicious. RDWHAHB

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Brewing is one of the wonderful hobbies where procrastination is actually preferred and will give you better beer!

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Old 01-15-2012, 06:11 PM   #6
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Brewing is one of the wonderful hobbies where procrastination is actually preferred and will give you better beer!
Perfect statement!
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:12 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies. I will wait until I get the vinator.

I always say if you can make your hobby that much easier and more fun, you will stick with it longer!

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Old 01-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #8
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That's a true statement,basically. I love aquiring things that make the process faster & easier. More pleasurable that way. Funny thing about pleasure....it's so pleasurable!
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My first batch of apfelwein is still in the fermenter after six weeks, because I dont' have enough bottles.

I foresee no problems.

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I leave many of my beers in the primary for 4 weeks especially if they are wheat beers.

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