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Old 05-09-2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I've got the Call Me! Blonde Ale from Brewing Classic Styles fermenting away in my primary right now.

Can beers that are 1.050 or less get away with just a couple weeks in the primary and then bottling? I've generally been letting my beers sit for three weeks or more but they've also all been a bit bigger beers.



 
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:09 PM   #2
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As a general rule of thumb, I always leave my ales in the primary for 3 weeks!



 
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:09 PM   #3
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Hi all,

I've got the Call Me! Blonde Ale from Brewing Classic Styles fermenting away in my primary right now.

Can beers that are 1.050 or less get away with just a couple weeks in the primary and then bottling? I've generally been letting my beers sit for three weeks or more but they've also all been a bit bigger beers.
Let your hydrometer tell you how long. Three weeks should generally be enough. However, you do not want to bottle your beer until you have reached terminal gravity.

 
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:13 PM   #4
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Let your hydrometer tell you how long. Three weeks should generally be enough. However, you do not want to bottle your beer until you have reached terminal gravity.
So if I've hit terminal gravity after two weeks, you figure its ok to go ahead and bottle?

 
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:15 PM   #5
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So if I've hit terminal gravity after two weeks, you figure its ok to go ahead and bottle?
After 3 days of no gravity movement it is good to bottle.
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:16 PM   #6
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So if I've hit terminal gravity after two weeks, you figure its ok to go ahead and bottle?
Yes.

There are many here who will continue to leave their beer in the primary well after reaching terminal gravity and they have varied and valid reasons for that. However, if you have checked your gravity and it has been stable for several days near or at the point at which you expect fermentation to complete....you're good to go.

 
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:29 PM   #7
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This is just me, but for non high-gravity ales that I'm bottling, I would leave it in primary for about 2 weeks before bottling - another week or two will only improve the beer and will not harm it. I would then leave the bottles for at least 3 weeks at about 70 degrees before refrigerating and drinking. Now that I mostly keg, I leave most ales in primary for 3-4 weeks before cold conditioning/carbing period that is usually 2-3 weeks. 6 weeks is pretty normal, 3 weeks in primary, 3 weeks in the fridge carbing and conditioning.

 
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:46 AM   #8
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So if I've hit terminal gravity after two weeks, you figure its ok to go ahead and bottle?
Yes. But,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I only package clear beer. If it's at FG and clear, you can bottle it in one week. But if it's not clear, even after two weeks, I wouldn't bottle it until it is. Any sediment that hasn't fallen out by the time you bottle WILL eventually settle. I'd rather that happen in the fermenter instead of my bottles!

I usually keep most beers in the fermener two weeks or so.
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Yes. But,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I only package clear beer. If it's at FG and clear, you can bottle it in one week. But if it's not clear, even after two weeks, I wouldn't bottle it until it is. Any sediment that hasn't fallen out by the time you bottle WILL eventually settle. I'd rather that happen in the fermenter instead of my bottles!

I usually keep most beers in the fermener two weeks or so.
Yooper is 100% spot on....after primary fermentation, Yeast continue to work cleaning up other things in the beer that you dont really want...here is an online refernce to what I am talking about: http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter8-2.html

 
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Yes. But,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I only package clear beer. If it's at FG and clear, you can bottle it in one week. But if it's not clear, even after two weeks, I wouldn't bottle it until it is. Any sediment that hasn't fallen out by the time you bottle WILL eventually settle. I'd rather that happen in the fermenter instead of my bottles!

I usually keep most beers in the fermener two weeks or so.
and to add, giving it a little time on the yeast cake also cleans up any possible off flavors produced by the yeasts...stuff like diacetyle, acetylaldehyde...to name a few important/common ones.


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