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Old 10-24-2007, 05:57 AM   #1
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Default What should it look like in Secondary?

I'm brewing (my first and second ever!) a Belgian blonde ale and a Maple brown ale. My question is what should it look like on top? The Belgian has a thin whitish film over it, looking through the carboy and no bubbles on top but there is definitely stuff coming to the surface and going back down. The Maple on the other hand looks much different, same color on the surface as below and what I would guess to be natural carbonation (light) on top.
The Belgian was brewed on 12 Oct. and the Maple brewed last 19 Oct.
Both are kits from a shop in Dubuque with very good instructions.

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Old 10-24-2007, 06:53 AM   #2
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Each beer looks different.
Don't worry, leave it be and it'll do it's own thing. It should drop clear in time.

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Just realized this should be in the newb section...
Well my buddy is set on kegging this Friday and drinking them Sat for a Halloween party... Is that allowing adequate time for fermentation?

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Old 10-24-2007, 09:07 AM   #4
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I would say not but it's your beer.

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About 2 or 3 weeks short, and you'll be able to taste it. It'll be beer, but it'll be young.

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safe to drink, yes.
premature, yes. it'll be a lot tastier if you give it a few weeks in the keg after 2 weeks in secondary.

even Budweiser knows not to rush their beer

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Sounds like you should just make a beer run...no one will want to drink your beer after that..which..isnt necessarily a bad thing I guess

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I wouldn't be drinking it that young... It is sometimes referred to as green beer when it's that young. A good amount the yeast will still be alive and active in the beer and if you drink live yeast lets just say you may be in need of rent-a-loo. At the very least you are likely to get one hell of a belly ache. Carbonation is rarely an issue when kegging but regardless you still have to let it condition. The only way you could drink that beer so soon is if you buy a good quality inline filter to get rid of all the yeast and other sediment. Still wouln't taste as good as it might but at least you'll be drinking your beer on Saturday.

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Ok, I'm going to try talk my buddy into letting it sit for a while. Should we keg it an stick it into a fridge or keep it at 70 like it is now?
I think he has a few other home brews chillin in his basement anyhow. What about the Brown ale we brewed on the 19th (now in the secondary)? Is that enough time it keg it yet?

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