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Old 01-05-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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After 7 days vs after 30 days?

I just racked from primary to secondary (yeah I know, but this is my first time so I'm following kit instruction to a T) and after getting a gravity reading I drank some and it actually tasted a lot like beer! Just curious what is actually taking place during the next 4 weeks that I have to wait (2 weeks secondary + 2 weeks in bottles).

 
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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Seconday gives the yeast time to 'clean up' after themselves... consume some of their own by-products from fermentation. Also allows stuff to settle out and give a clearer beer.

The time in the bottles is to allow the yeast to carbonate the beer.

 
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:16 PM   #3
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Quite a bit will change especially after carbonation, it is interesting to taste it along the way to see how it develops into mature beer

 
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:52 PM   #4
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After 7 days vs after 30 days?

I just racked from primary to secondary (yeah I know, but this is my first time so I'm following kit instruction to a T) and after getting a gravity reading I drank some and it actually tasted a lot like beer! Just curious what is actually taking place during the next 4 weeks that I have to wait (2 weeks secondary + 2 weeks in bottles).
Whatever it is that happens over the next few weeks, I believe you are going to like !!! Not sure what the chemistry is, but it is a major event.

 
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