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Old 12-18-2012, 10:56 AM   #1
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Default Leaving Town-Bottle or Cake?

I have an oatmeal stout (1.060) that has been sitting in primary for nearly 2 weeks. I haven't checked FG, but I'm pretty sure it will be done by the time I leave next week.

So...Do I leave it on the yeast cake while I am gone for 2 weeks? I have no temperature control, so it will sit at room temperature (~75').

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Do I go ahead and bottle? (I have no secondary, unless you recommend I secondary into the bottling bucket).

Which idea best conditions the beer?

Thanks for your help!


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Old 12-18-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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Letting it sit for 5 weeks in primary will not hurt. But if you bottle just before you leave, when you get back they should be just about ready to drink!


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Old 12-22-2012, 01:18 AM   #3
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Damn I wish more people would chime in. I have two days left to decide; bottle after two weeks, or let it ride on the cake for an additional two weeks. I have met F.G. I just want to know what is best for conditioning and flavor. Is there any risk of infection sitting at ~75 with no temperature control.

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IMO if you have reached FG then go ahead and bottle if you feel the need too.

I don't think you risk infection as long as you have sanitizer in your airlock.

Either way I don't think you can go wrong.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:26 AM   #5
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IMO: bottle, you'll be able to drink it sooner.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:26 AM   #6
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Many of us leave our beers in primary a minimum of a month, skipping secondary. We find it vastly improves the clarity and taste of our beers.

This discussion has been thoroughly covered in this thread, it's become the "uber discussion" on this topic.

To Secondary or Not? John Palmer and Jamil Zainasheff Weigh In .
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:21 AM   #7
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If all decisions were this easy.

Either will be ok but in your position I would probably take Revvy's advice.
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I would leave in primary while you are gone and bottle when you get back.
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^agree with everything above. let it lie a while longer = no problemo. going ahead and bottle now = no problemo. dealers choice. it will not make a major difference either way.
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Thanks for easing my mind! I'll take this advice and let it rest:

John: But these days we don't recommend secondary transfer. Leave it in the primary, you know, a month. Today's fermentations are typically healthy enough that you are not going to get autolysis flavors or off-flavors from leaving the beer on the yeast for an extended period of time.

I'll let you know how things turn out in January.


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