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Old 01-19-2007, 10:58 PM   #1
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Hey I've got a question

I've got 2 carboys and a limited supply of bottles. I'm thinking about brewing another beer when my primary is free and leaving the second beer in secondary while my first is in bottles. Then when my bottles are free I'll bottle my second.

Question is how long can I leave a beer in secondary? BC i'm not sure how fast we'll drink up the first beer.

Also, I was wondering how long some of you have left a beer in second just for kicks..

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Old 01-19-2007, 11:35 PM   #2
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I just bottled a stout that was in the secondary for nearly 3 months. They haven't fully carbonated yet, but I couldn't resist and popped one open to try. Excellent. I concur with a recent thread on large-volume conditioning, and am now thinking that I need an extra secondary or two to long-term condition all my heavier beers in volume.

I transferred it to my bottling bucket with very little sedmiment, so I did add a bit of dry yeast, just to be safe though.

 
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:37 PM   #3
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I've left beers in the secondary for 6 weeks. The time will not be a problem
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:43 PM   #4
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Right on..good stuff

I guess I should also ask...

How long does a 5 gallon batch last you?

I guess it depends if you have parties or what but just wondering..

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Old 01-19-2007, 11:57 PM   #5
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For me, I had a cherry stout that was in secondary for 2 1/2 months and it turned out great. I'm drinking one right now. A 5 gal. batch lasts on average about a month.

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Old 01-19-2007, 11:58 PM   #6
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Depends on the beer. I've had 5 gallons in a keg that went in a few weeks, while I still have half of the 3 gallons of barleywine that bottled at the end of 2005.
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:59 PM   #7
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I have so much on hand that even the normal gravity brews hang around for several months.
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Old 01-20-2007, 01:25 AM   #9
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I've got an Imperial Stout that is six months old that I just bottled from the secondary three weeks ago. I did not pitch any yeast at bottling time. I just tried one and the carbonation is perfect! Six months is still young for a RIS and now that I know it's carbonated, it's down to the cellar to age for another six months. With an occasional test bottle of course.

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Old 01-20-2007, 01:55 AM   #10
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