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Old 08-12-2006, 05:09 AM   #1
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Ok folks. I just finished brewing my second batch(a Scotch ale). I wanted to know if I left the beer in the second fermenter for longer than the recepie would/could it affect the taste?

I'm still a rookie. My first batch came out pretty well and now I'm hooked. Any and all imput is welcomed.

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Old 08-12-2006, 05:14 AM   #2
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Nope, it won't hurt it...I think 4wks is the consensus around here though. Do a search on secondary fermentation and see what you come up with.
Wasp Bitten IPA (a Walker-San clone);Cheesefood's Caramel Creme; Wee Heavy Scottish Ale;
Flyin' Hornet Pale Ale(Mirror Pond clone);Oktoberfest Ale
Boom-Boom Apricot Hefeweisen; Forbidden Ale;Pale-Ass Ale (SNPA Clone); Ol' Man Winter Ale
Dead Guy clone
Walker's Espresso Stout; BrewPastor's Bastard Lager
But honey, how else am I going to get enough bottles for my next batch? *burp*...*fart*
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Presuming that you don't have a lot of air space at the top of the secondary, and that it is air tight and made of an impermeable materiel, you could leave it in there for a couple of months and it will only achieve greater clarity and improved taste. I've skipped secondaries altogether, held stuff in them for as little as a week, or left things in for a few weeks. There are rules of thumb but few hard and fast rules.
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