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Old 08-09-2011, 02:18 PM   #1
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I've been waiting for a new temperature controller for the chest freezer so I can keg, and my latest red ale has been sitting in the secondary for maybe a week longer than it needed. Any thoughts on impact to the beer? It looks sad all flat, no foam, just waiting for carbonation!

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Old 08-09-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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No. Secondaries are used for bulk conditioning and aging beers. That's sort of the point. So there's no downside to leaving the beer longer, actually just the opposite.
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Awesome - thanks. I'm relatively new to this, but learning and expanding quick!

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Many beers include flavors or aromas that will vanish over time. IPAs are one example, many different kinds of wheat beers are another. Leaving an IPA in a secondary vessel to age for too long will result in a maltier, more oxydized beer, and a wheat that's actually TOO old just won't taste good.

Red ales - like the one you say you have in secondary - won't be harmed by an extra week of conditioning. They have lots of malty flavors that need time to meld, and (comparatively) few alpha-acids to volatilize off. Just remember that you need to be disciplined about your timeline for SOME beers, and plan appropriately!
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