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Old 02-05-2010, 05:17 PM   #11
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Autolysis isn't like El Chupacabra. It does exist. But on the list of all the things that can go wrong with a beer, autolysis one of the rarest.

My point was when I did primary only, my beer was drinkable at 6 weeks in the bottle but not enjoyable until 8 or 9 weeks.

When I switched to a secondary, which I do more for conditioning than anything else, my beer is enjoyable after 2 weeks in the secondary and 4 weeks in the bottle.

Is a secondary necessary? For most ales, no. But it gets me to drinking faster.


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Old 02-16-2010, 10:48 AM   #12
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What a difference a couple of weeks makes!

I had a few of these over the weekend, and they are coming along VERY nicely! They should be stellar in another month. The high temps from the coffee maker don't seem to have had any negative effects on the flavor.

Patience might be a virtue, but it sucks when there's beer to drink!
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:35 AM   #13
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I'm glad it worked out for you.

I'm sitting here impatiently waiting for the Barleywine I bottled yesterday.
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