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Old 10-26-2005, 12:06 AM   #1
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My ale was in the primary for one week. Syphoned it into the secondary (5 demijohns each with an airlock), checked the SG and it's 1.010! From a starting gravity of 1.050. Left it for a couple hours and I couldn't really see any bubbles coming through. The yeast seems to be settling quite visibly in the secondarys too, ie it's clearing up. Probably be clear by morning.

So would there be much difference if I was to leave it just for a couple days and then prime/bottle it?



 
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Old 10-26-2005, 12:51 AM   #2

Sure, you probably could. If the SG readings are steady over a three day period, you can go anytime.

But as a general rule, I always leave my ales in secondary for 14 days, minimum. I feel it helps clear and mellow the beer. It's your call



 
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Old 10-26-2005, 12:54 AM   #3
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I like to leave mine in the secondary for at least 2 weeks. More depending on the type of beer. I'll lager one for a month before bottling. But, in answer to your question, it will probably be fine if you bottled it sooner. Sounds like your SG is low enough.
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Old 10-26-2005, 01:44 AM   #4
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I would have to agree with the others unless there is a reason for bottling earlier i always let it sit in the secondary for two weeks most three.
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Old 10-26-2005, 01:47 AM   #5
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if your so worried about the time in the secondary, just skip it and go straight to bottling. i've never used a sacondary and i've had good beer every time
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Old 10-26-2005, 03:45 AM   #6
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Hey 2nd Street. Cool avatar! That's a classic.
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Old 10-26-2005, 03:48 AM   #7
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What if you go in the prime for 2 weeks? Is 2 in the second still a must? I have family coming in town who are eager to taste my pumpkin and it will be ready JUST IN TIME if 2 in the first and one in the second is OK. That'll give me a week to prime then it'll be served a tad green, but hopefully good enough to be impressive.
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Old 10-26-2005, 04:22 AM   #8

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What if you go in the prime for 2 weeks? Is 2 in the second still a must? I have family coming in town who are eager to taste my pumpkin and it will be ready JUST IN TIME if 2 in the first and one in the second is OK. That'll give me a week to prime then it'll be served a tad green, but hopefully good enough to be impressive.
Go for it. You should be fine.

BTW... is that you sipping in your avatar?


 
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Old 10-26-2005, 12:18 PM   #9
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Hey 2nd Street. Cool avatar! That's a classic.
Thanks, just came across it last night. Great show and great movie. I found it on DVD in the cheap-o bin. Take off you hoser. Eh
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Old 10-26-2005, 02:28 PM   #10
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BTW... is that you sipping in your avatar?

I'd hardly call that 'sipping', but I was also wondering if that was actually Mr. Cheesy or not.



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