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Old 05-20-2010, 02:40 AM   #1
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northern brewer caribou slobber.
how long in the primary before i should worry?
11 days.
g- 1.014 but still a layer of krausen on top.


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Old 05-20-2010, 02:57 AM   #2
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You have about another 180 days before you should start to worry. I'm serious by the way.


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Old 05-20-2010, 03:40 AM   #3
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Forget about the foam, and the bubbles, and the date.

Check the gravity in a couple days. If it hasn't moved, you can move to bottling. If it has, give it longer and check again later! Or just forget about it for a few weeks, or months! As long as it's sanitary, it'll just keep getting better. I have 2 NB kits on the shelf, and one in primary that I brewed on Monday this week. It's going to stay there, too, until at least the middle of June (Kit says give it 2 weeks)
I started brewing in January, and was VERY impatient with my first batches. They were OK, but while I was drinking those, I was still brewing. By the time I got to batches 7 and 8 they were 2 months old (4 weeks primary, 4 weeks secondary, force carb in a keg)
They were MUCH better than the beers I choked down at 3 weeks.
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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!

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im just worried because i wanna rack to carboy and leave sit about 3 or 4 weeks then bottle and condition for 2 more weeks.
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I'd give it at least 2 weeks in primary. Once the gravity stays the same over a few days, rack away...
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+1 just leave it
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Many brewers, possibly now even a majority on here, leave their beers in primary for a minum 3 weeks, to a month now, skip secondary and bottle or keg. There's been a shift in brewing consciousness over the last 3 years or so.

Read about it here;

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/sec...-weigh-176837/


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