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View Poll Results: How many weeks do you ferment, typically?
1 week or less 6 1.89%
2 weeks 79 24.84%
3 weeks 134 42.14%
4 weeks 87 27.36%
5 or more weeks 12 3.77%
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:20 AM   #11
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Normally between 3-4 weeks in primary, no secondary. Montanaandy

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Old 12-12-2010, 03:31 AM   #12
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I have been doing a 3 week primary. But then I had two beers that I just couldn't get to bottling that were in the fermentor for 5 weeks, and they have been the clearest, quickest conditioning beers that I have made so far. So now I am trying 4 weeks in primary. I will see what happens.

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Old 12-12-2010, 05:27 AM   #13
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Two week or so primary then bottle. The secondary and D-rest take place in the bottle.
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:02 AM   #14
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It really depends upon the beer, and what life throws my way. Average gravity beers I usually give 3-4 weeks, bigger beers generally get 6, if not more. That's more than is necessary, but I often find myself putting off bottling if I can, as it's such a chore.
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:53 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=GuldTuborg;2470762]It really depends upon the beer, and what life throws my way. Average gravity beers I usually give 3-4 weeks, bigger beers generally get 6, if not more. /QUOTE]

Id say thats about what I do. Never less than 2 weeks just because of work schedule and how many kegs i have open. I know most ales i do are finished gravity wise in a week or 10 days but I like to let them clean up for a week or 2. depends on the gravity and what it is. i did a 1.055 ipa that primaried for a week and sat on hops for a week, carbed in keg for 2 days and it was one of the better ipas i have made.

but, like passedpawn, i rarely if ever have problems with yeast not finishing, it is like clockwork 95 percent of the time. and i make 15 gallons a month so i must get something right lol.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:04 PM   #16
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Interesting. I've always waited 4 weeks but I think I am going to try 3 from now on (all my beers are less than 1.070).

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Old 12-21-2010, 09:20 PM   #17
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depends how lazy Im feeling. If I need beer ASAP I'll keg it @ 12 days. I have a brown that been "chillin" in the fridge for 3 weeks now. I suppose I'll keg today.

I guess thats the beauty of brewing at home. I'll keg it when I get around to it.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:51 PM   #18
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3 weeks, typically. I did 4 week ferments for a while and then tried 3, I don't notice a difference (althought I've not done a side to side to be 100% sure).

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Old 12-21-2010, 10:05 PM   #19
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With the beers I brew it's usually 3 weeks and then to the keg.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:17 PM   #20
Nov 2009
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What is with all the people who ferment for 3-4 weeks? If you have pitched enough yeast and have proper temperature, an ale around 1.070 will be at FG easily in 4-5 days at the most. Then another couple days for yeast to clean themselves up and you should be done. I let it go 2 weeks max with ales. Sure, you can leave it in there for a little while longer if you don't have time to rack and such, but I can assure you if it is still "fermenting" you have done something wrong(with very few yeast exceptions.)

I have done quite a few 1.060-1.080 beers and I check gravity everday after the first and they are all at FG within 4-5 days. Even my lagers are at FG withing 7-10 days. You only need a few days for the yeast to clean up after themselves. Kegging, you should be able to go grain to glass in about 3 weeks for most average ales. If you find you are needing more time for "conditioning" then you are really just waiting for off flavors to mellow. I have had 70+ IBU IPA's kegged and ready in under 3 weeks.

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