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Old 06-27-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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Ok so im totally new to this and im pretty sure i just noobed it up after reading but anyways, i let my porter ferment at about 72 degrees for 7 days then i already bottled them and was going to keep them out of sight and mind for about 3 to 4 weeks. should i have put it in a secondary fermenter for another week before bottling? my guess is yes i should have.

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:24 PM   #2
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No. You're fine. Pretty widely accepted you use a secondary with Belgians dry hopping and high gravity beers. Hope it turns out well. Was your FG OK?

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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No. You're fine. Pretty widely accepted you use a secondary with Belgians dry hopping and high gravity beers. Hope it turns out well. Was your FG OK?
Im not sure what the final gravity was because when I brewed my first beer, i didnt realize i needed to take all those readings before and after. So im not sure

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:34 PM   #4
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I bet it will turn out delicious.

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:37 PM   #5
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also, is it normal for the white film (guessing yeast) to form at the bottom of the bottles? i noticed that the next day to see if any of my bottles blew up

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Old 06-27-2012, 05:40 PM   #6
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Secondary is optional, but 7 days to the bottle is really fast - if it is done meaning it has a stable final gravity you'll be ok. That said, if it wasn't finished you could end up with bottle bombs. Did it seem to ferment quickly? 72F is a touch warm, so most likely it finished but if you let it sit 2-3 weeks the yeast will clean up the beer a bit (yeast will in bottles too, it just takes longer).
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #7
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also, is it normal for the white film (guessing yeast) to form at the bottom of the bottles? i noticed that the next day to see if any of my bottles blew up

thanks again guys, you guys are a great help to us noobs
Yes, that's yeast if you bottle condition there will always bee some.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:42 PM   #8
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Im not sure what the final gravity was because when I brewed my first beer, i didnt realize i needed to take all those readings before and after. So im not sure
Theoretically it should have been done fermenting after a week, but if it wasn't (which is highly possible) you could have problems with bottle bombs. Store the bottles in a plastic container with a lid, just in case. If it was done fermenting, it will likely be fine with some conditioning time....

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:45 PM   #9
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Fermented at 72 degrees, which is a little on the warm side, your beer probably got to final gravity, but that is not a certainty. I would let those bottles condition in a plastic storage container just to be on the safe side.

My porter, which I fermented in the mid sixties took 10 days before the active fermentation stopped I didn't take an fg reading until 21 days.

 
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:52 PM   #10
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No. You're fine. Pretty widely accepted you use a secondary with Belgians dry hopping and high gravity beers. Hope it turns out well. Was your FG OK?

 
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