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Old 02-16-2009, 07:48 PM   #1
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My Porter has been in my primary for 16 days. Is that OK?
I have not been able to transfer until possibly tonite?Then it will be in secondary for about 12 days before bottles.


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Old 02-16-2009, 07:50 PM   #2
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Oh, that's almost my minimum time! Maximum...no easy answer, but I can tell you now, 16 days ain't it. You could easily leave it in there for a few months and it'd be fine.


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I tend to do 4 weeks @ at least. 16 days won't hurt anything. IMHO another 5-15 days would be better. That would give the yeast more time to clean up after theirselves.

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If you haven't figured it out from the replies, the general consensus here is to skip a secondary and just keep the beer in primary for 3-4 weeks (or more). Easier, less risk of contamination, and seems to work just as well - some say better. Like everything else, there is disagreement, but you are way safe at 16 days.
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If you haven't figured it out from the replies, the general consensus here is to skip a secondary and just keep the beer in primary for 3-4 weeks (or more). Easier, less risk of contamination, and seems to work just as well - some say better. Like everything else, there is disagreement, but you are way safe at 16 days.
I recently did this for the first time, and I'm converted, although the risk of infection isn't the selling point for me - it's increased yield from one fewer rackings.

I wouldn't even begin to worry about a beer in primary til around a month, and I'm sure you can go longer without much risk.
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If you haven't figured it out from the replies, the general consensus here is to skip a secondary and just keep the beer in primary for 3-4 weeks (or more). Easier, less risk of contamination, and seems to work just as well - some say better. Like everything else, there is disagreement, but you are way safe at 16 days.
I adopted this method after my 2nd brew. It's nice to have a carboy for dry-hopping and whatnot, but it's REALLY convenient to rack my beers directly from the pot to the bucket to the bottling bucket.


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