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Old 02-04-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default is 5 weeks in a primary too long?

I'm making a fat tire clone right now and just found out I have to leave town for the next 3 weeks for work.

Its been in the primary for 2 weeks so far, can I screw it up by leaving it in another 3 weeks or should I rack to a secondary?

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Old 02-04-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Only real reason to move it into secondary is to dry-hop it or some other sort of flavoring thing--your yeast will very likely be happy for 5 weeks (and even longer). My first saison waited 6, and turned out amazing...


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Old 02-04-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Nah,don't worry about it. My Burton ale was in primary about that long fermenting out & clearing. As long as the airlock has fluid in it,& temps are reasonably stable,you'll be fine.
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Yeah 5 weeks is good. Probably don't need that long of a primary for a amber but it not going to hurt anything at all.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #5
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It's not too long. As others have said, you could get it out sooner but there's nothing to worry about it staying in longer. It won't hurt a damn thing.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:14 PM   #6
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sounds good.

would yall recommend racking to a secondary for a week or so once I get back or go straight to bottling?
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It should be pretty clear at that point to go straight to the bottling bucket.
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i'm about to bottle a beer that's been in primary about that long. it's nice and clear and tastes very good.
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You're good, I generally try to keep beers on primary for at least 4 weeks.
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