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Old 12-11-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
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Default How many weeks do you ferment, typically?

For your ales 1.070 or lower, that is. Include entire fermenting time, primary + secondary, etc.

Just curious to see how this breaks down around here.


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I ferment, til the beer's finished fermenting. That's not something I have any control over, I'm not in charge of it, the yeasts are, and they have their own schedule. They don't read recipes, and don't care if they make an airlock blip...they just do their job for however long it takes.

I leave the beer alone, however for a month typically. And that either works out to being, for 99% of my beers 1 month in primary. The remainder of my beers, if I am adding fruit or something and choosing to rack to a secondary, sually go in to secondary for 2 weeks after two weeks.

THen they go into bottles for carbing and conditioning, and again I don't have any control of the process, that's the yeast's job...but generally speaking it's about 3-4 weeks for typical beers.

So for my "normal" beers it is about 8 weeks from grain to glass.


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2 weeks for me. 1 week in primary, 1 week in secondary, keg.
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I agree with Revvy on this one. Fermentation my take more or less time depending on ingredients, temp, yeast, etc. Generally I'm around the 4 week mark, but I've done a couple beers that were good to bottle/keg in half that time too. It really depends on the beer.
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10-14 days primary
3-5 cold crash
1 day 30psi carb
5-7 days carb at serving pressure
start tasting, but it usually takes another 2 weeks before I consider it really ready for drinking, though I do make exceptions.
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At minimum 3 weeks but often I let them stay and bulk age to a month. I've let beers ride it out for 2-3 months before bottling for further aging.
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I assume the question is how long from brewing to bottling or kegging.

My average is 4 weeks, some longer, some shorter. This does not include any sours or bretts.
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I assume the question is how long from brewing to bottling or kegging.
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2 wks ales, 5 wks lagers (includes d-rest and lagering period). Bigger beers get a bit more. 1 month in bottles is ideal.

I'm really not into the mystical yeast cult. Making beer is like clockwork for me. It is VERY predictable. I pwn yeast There, now I'm doomed.


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