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Old 01-31-2012, 03:55 PM   #1
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It's a brown ale. Been in the carboy for roughly 2.5 weeks and krausen has already fallen back into beer, (about 4 days ago I assume). Can I wait to bottle until the weekend, (4 days from now)? Any advice would be appreciated!


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Old 01-31-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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I'm fairly new to brewing but I have left one up to a month and still bottled fine.

Doing one now that calls for a month in the secondary before bottling


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Old 01-31-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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It's a brown ale. Been in the carboy for roughly 2.5 weeks and krausen has already fallen back into beer, (about 4 days ago I assume). Can I wait to bottle until the weekend, (4 days from now)? Any advice would be appreciated!
FWIW, I try to leave my beers in the primary for about 3 weeks before racking to keg or bottling. The longer (within reason) the better.

You'll be fine, actually what you are doing is exactly what I would recommend.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:59 PM   #4
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Absolutely. In fact, your beer would even benefit from this. I typically leave my brown ale in the primary for 4 weeks.
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I leave ALL my brews in primary for 3-4 weeks. I feel they come out "cleaner" if I wait longer, rather than getting them bottled as soon as they are finished fermenting.

I just read a post where someone had one in a carboy for 227 days before bottling and it was good. I would not recommend trying to go that long.
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:18 PM   #6
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Your beer will be fine I leave mine up to a month in Primary. It's only when you brew Hefs or IPA's that you want to drink it fresh and a couple of weeks would then suffice.
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Quite a few of the vets here recommend monthlong primaries. Your beer will be fine!
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i like to leave most of my ales in primary for 3 weeks, sometimes more. like others have said, if anything your beer will benefit from the extra time on the yeast cake.
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You can leave it in the carboy for months as long as your sanitation regimen was solid and you introduce no oxygen (ie. the airlock does not dry out). I had a porter in the carboy for 4 months once because I had no time to get to it. It was one of the best batches I had ever had.

I leave ALL my beers in the primary for 4 weeks regardless.
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Most of my brews get 4 weeks in the primary, because I have 4 fermenters, so I just rotate through them. If I get busy and cannot bottle, they sit an extra week. For my Belgian brews, I don't even look at them for at least 6 weeks.


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