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Old 05-17-2011, 04:57 AM   #21
Mar 2011
Richmond, VA
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1. 10 days to 6 weeks (really based on my time availability)
2. never used one
3. one week to 9+

I had a wheat that was in the primary for 10 days, bottle for a week and it tasted good. After another week in bottles it was better, but not night and day.

I have a stout that has been in the bottles around 9 weeks now I think, and some of them are good some still taste green. I wouldn't say its fully conditioned yet (although some friends seem to think they are, so the supply is diminishing)

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Old 05-17-2011, 05:16 AM   #22
Jul 2010
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1) 3 weeks
2) have never used one
3) as long as possible depending on beer supply and desire. 12 ounce bottles seem to carb fastest, so I usually try one after a week, then in another week I'm usually ready for more.

I tried an amber ale once at 1 week and loved how bitter and hoppy it tasted. 2 weeks later it was quite different. Not as much bitter I had liked, but still very nice. In retrospect I kind of wished I'd "tasted" a few more at 1 week before it was done!

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Old 05-18-2011, 01:23 AM   #23
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Feb 2011
East of Indy, Indiana
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1. 2 week primary

2. 2 weeks secondary (because my brew schedule is every 2 weeks and I don't have another primary)

3.3-4 weeks in bottles.
I do generally sneak one or two after 2-3 weeks for a tasting.

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Old 05-18-2011, 02:59 AM   #24
Aug 2009
Long Beach CA
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1. 3-5 weeks
2. Never
3. Usually have one or two at week one and two. Week three if its ready I throw a 12'er in the fridge and then another 12'er at week 4 and so on til it's gone. 1.060 beers and over I usually wait til week 4 to stock the fridge.

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Old 05-18-2011, 03:28 AM   #25
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Primary: Until I need the carboy. 3 - 7 weeks

Secondary: I rack to a bright tank to fin, cold crash, dry hop &/or carbonate. I then push to a serving keg. Anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks.

Tertiary(keg):I start drinking and bottling as soon as it taste good. Immediately or several months. (Lagering now)

Bottles: Until it gets drunk. Sometimes right away but I try to save some to see how it ages. I have some > 15 years old and they taste as nasty as when they were made

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Old 05-18-2011, 04:52 AM   #26
Dec 2009
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1. 2 weeks min, month and a half max.
2. Depends on why I'm actually using it, dry hop, fruit addition, making, giant beer that needs ageing.
3. When I do bottle, first taste is no earlier than 10 days, and after that is dependant on the results of the first taste.
It's all about learning what timeline works for how you brew.

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Old 05-18-2011, 10:59 AM   #27
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Mar 2010
Baltimore, Maryland
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1) 3-4 weeks primary.
2) Have never used a secondary.
3) Usually keg, so bottling . . . two to three weeks warm conditioning, at least another one or two cold conditioning, then however long it takes to drink em.

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Old 05-18-2011, 11:36 AM   #28
Aug 2010
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1. I leave my beer in the primary until I feel like kegging it. Definitely more than a month, I'm sorta lazy, y'know

2. I don't secondary anymore, use those for apfelwein and cider.

3. I don't bottle anymore, see #1

I have beer in fermenters at probably 4-5 months right now. I really oughta get that kegged.

Right after I take a nap.

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Old 05-18-2011, 10:06 PM   #29
May 2011
New Haven, MI
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Great !

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Old 05-18-2011, 10:18 PM   #30
Apr 2011
Orlando, FL
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On my second batch. First was left in the primary for 3 weeks, no secondary, and 2 weeks in the bottle before sampling. Getting better every week. Nicer head by the third week, less "bite" (I thought maybe it was over-carbed, but now I don't). Started a new batch today from a simple recipe . . .something a little lighter than the first dark ale.

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