Originally Posted by pkincaid
fter todays bottle bomb accident, I am waiting for my kegs to put the blonde in. Do you think letting it sit in secondary for another week will be alright? It's already been in there for a week. :\
Most definitely okay, even encouraged to a certain level. You'd be safe leaving it in secondary for a looooot longer.
In all actuality though, you don't need a secondary for this kind of beer (most beers, really.) From what I can gather you only had it in primary for 3-5 days... that is not nearly long enough. Myself (and many on here) leave every beer in the primary for a minimum
of three weeks. This allows the yeast to "clean up" after themselves, if you will. There are many byproducts of fermentation that can create off-flavors... yeast can clean it up but the effects are seriously amplified if you let the beer sit on the yeast cake.
Don't believe all the myths and hype of autolysis. I've left a barleywine in primary for 3 months with no ill-effects.