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Old 05-25-2007, 04:30 AM   #1
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The batch (Northern Brewers Nut Brown Ale) that is currently in my fermenter says that it takes 5 weeks from start to finish. From what I've read, Ales should only take 1-2 weeks to ferment and ~2 weeks to condition, where does the extra week come in? The directions don't call for a secondary (which I don't have). Any suggestions?
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Old 05-25-2007, 04:33 AM   #2
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use your hydrometer. wait till it ferments out completely and fermentation stops for 2 days, then transfer to secondary for two weeks. don't always follow directions. they're often pretty silly
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Old 05-25-2007, 05:53 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by pfranco81
The directions don't call for a secondary (which I don't have). Any suggestions?
Just let it sit in your fermentor for a good 2 weeks and carefully transfer to a bottling bucket. It actually is closer to 3 weeks before bottled beer is in good drinking shape.
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I usually figure 6 weeks for any of my common beers (mot high gravity). 1 week to ferment, 2 weeks to clear, 3 weeks to bottle condition. Usually the clearing is done in the secondary, but if you don't have one you can leave it in the primary for 2-3 or more weeks.

Thats not to say you couldn't bottle after 1-2 weeks and drink it a week after bottling, just that your results will be better if you wait. While you are waiting start another batch. If you can get enough beer in your pipeline then it makes the waiting much easier.
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All the times you will ever see listed are guidelines. I cannot stress enough that every single beer you brew will be different, even if you are brewing the exact same recipe.

Use your hydrometer to determine when fermentation is done, then you can bottle. I usually sample one bottle a week to see whether the beer is ready (I've had some carb in a week while others took a month). Secondary is unnecessary unless you're adding fruit or dry-hopping (and even then its use is debatable).

Yes your beer will get better over time, I usually keep a sixer around for at least 3 months, but no one says you can't drink it all right away if you want (although it will be green).
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