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View Poll Results: Longest time in the secondary for ales?
Secondary for ales? Why bother... 30 20.00%
2-3 weeks tops - that's the rule 47 31.33%
Up to one month, but that was pushing it 20 13.33%
Two months, but you really gotta get it out of there now 11 7.33%
Three months or more - RDWHAHB 42 28.00%
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:19 PM   #31
Aug 2010
Lincolnton, NC
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I aged a barleywine in a secondary for 7 months before. I bottled with no extra yeast. It carb'd fine within 6 months.
It is not certain that everything is uncertain.

Primary:BCS Clone
Secondary:Oud bruin (2), Raspberry melomel
Bottled: Oktoberfest, Imperial Punkin
Kegged: Wild Ale, Dark Mild
Gallons to date 2012: 47

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Old 09-21-2011, 02:27 AM   #32
Jul 2010
new york
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I always let the batch sit in the primary for a week *sometimes 5 days*. I only use the secondary if it is a darker or higher % Alc beer. I have yet to have the patience to let a beer sit for a month or longer. That's like bringing Cindy Crawford home and telling her you'd like to talk over a cup of tea.
The Oatmeal Stout I have right now is just going to sit in the primary for 2 weeks.

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Old 09-21-2011, 03:49 AM   #33
Mar 2011
Staunton, Va
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How do you go about adding the yeast before bottling.... Just pour 1/4-1/2 packet to bottling bucket with priming sugar and bottle??? I am thinking about Hydrating yeast, adding it to the carboy..... Letting it sit for 1-2 hours and racking to bottling bucket.... Hoping to mix it without stirring....

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