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Old 07-31-2009, 12:34 AM   #1
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Default Should I keep in primary longer or bulk age in secondary?

Just curious what the consensus is. I can't believe it's been a month already, but my winter warmer has been in the fermenter that long and I haven't even cracked the lid to peek on it yet. Anyway, it's a bigger beer at 1.076 and I know this won't be ready to drink until probably early December.

But, what would be the best course of action? Continue to leave it in the primary for a bit longer and then go right to bottles to age? Move it to a secondary for a month or two more before bottling and then let the bottles age another 3 months?

I'm just not sure if there are benefits for doing it one way or another. Any suggestions are welcome

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Old 07-31-2009, 12:39 AM   #2
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Just curious what the consensus is. I can't believe it's been a month already, but my winter warmer has been in the fermenter that long and I haven't even cracked the lid to peek on it yet. Anyway, it's a bigger beer at 1.076 and I know this won't be ready to drink until probably early December.

But, what would be the best course of action? Continue to leave it in the primary for a bit longer and then go right to bottles to age? Move it to a secondary for a month or two more before bottling and then let the bottles age another 3 months?

I'm just not sure if there are benefits for doing it one way or another. Any suggestions are welcome
I'd probably use a secondary and let it sit until about the end of September and then bottle it. That way, you can age it a bit, but still give it plenty of time to carb up before winter.
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I totally agree with Yooper, secondary for a few months. Bulk aging is the way to go with winter warmers.

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Bulk age in secondary for a few months....A month is enough on the yeast to do the good clean up business...now let the flavors marry.

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Awesome. Thanks, guys.

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