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Old 06-19-2006, 09:09 PM   #1
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I just racked my hefe to secondary on Friday after it was in primary for almost 2 weeks (it fermented fairly vigorously for about 10 days but shows no activity now).

Three weeks from last Saturday, I want to take it to my friend's housewarming party as a gift. The way I see it, I can follow a couple of different scenarios and wanted some opinions from you guys.

__Scenario 1__
Leave in secondary for 1 week and bottle Friday.
Bottle condition for 2 weeks.
Take to party on Saturday.

__Scenario 2__
Leave in secondary for 4 days and bottle Tuesday.
Bottle condition for 2.5 weeks.
Take to party on Saturday.

I'm leaning toward scenario 2 for a couple of reasons...
1. Hefes are supposed to be cloudy so I don't need the added clarity of the longer secondary period.
2. Hefes are typically well carbonated, so this gives me 3 more days for additional carbonation.

Opinions?

By the way, I tasted it while racking and it already tastes really good and has a ton of beautiful banana aroma.
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Old 06-19-2006, 09:12 PM   #2
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Because you are under a time constraint, I'd opt for #2, but prime with corn sugar. DME will take too long.
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Old 06-19-2006, 09:17 PM   #3
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If you want to be sure it's carbonated I'd bottle it today. And definitely go with corn sugar like hb_99 recommends, and leave the bottles in a relatively warm area.

 
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Old 06-20-2006, 01:51 AM   #4
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I'll have to bottle tomorrow because I just checked and I don't have enough corn sugar to get the job done. I should always keep a couple pounds around for times like this, I guess.

Hi ho hi ho it's off to the Homebrew Store I go.
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Old 06-20-2006, 12:46 PM   #5
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5 oz is all you need.
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Old 06-20-2006, 05:01 PM   #6
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I only have about 2 oz. I'm just going to buy a 2 lb. bag and stick it in tupperware. That way I'm sure to have some next time I need to bottle.

Thanks for all the help guys.
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