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Old 01-31-2010, 01:03 AM   #1
ajl
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Jan 2010
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Alright, I'm in the process of brewing my first two batches of beer. My goal is to have two different beers ready for my vacation at the end of February.
I brewed my first batch (Amber ale) from an extract kit I bought from my local shop on 1/11. I racked it to a glass carboy after 11 days so I could start another batch in my fermenter. I did that on 1/22 (another extract kit- Nut Brown Ale).
My "plan" is to bottle both batches on 2/5.
That'll give me on batch 1 - 11 days primary, 14 days secondary, 21 days bottled
Batch 2 - 14 days primary, 21 days bottled
Would it be better to bottle earlier? I haven't tested batch 2 yet with a hydometer.

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Old 01-31-2010, 01:30 AM   #2
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Skip the secondary unless your adding fruit.

Most beers are done fermenting in a week or less. More time in primary is useful for clarity and aging.

3 weeks in bottle is nice. Allthough beers can carb in less time and sometimes more time.

So 2-3 weeks in primary AMD your good assuming the hydro agrees.



 
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:50 AM   #3
ajl
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Originally Posted by dracus View Post
Skip the secondary unless your adding fruit.
Thanks, I racked to the secondary so I could start the next batch. The first batch wasn't ready to bottle at that point. Is it better to have more time in the bottle?

 
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:08 AM   #4
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Some say that bulk aging is better, and it sounds like your limited on carboys so I would go with the plan that you have right now.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:19 AM   #5
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Your hydrometer tells you what to do, when. It is not date specific.

All conditions vary.

You will brew good beer. Then you will brew a variety of beer. That variety will allow you to offer others a beer on a specific date.

Time is your friend.

Brew often, follow the guidelines and you, and your friends will be happy.



 
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