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Old 04-16-2013, 04:24 AM   #1
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I'm going to brew a Belgian Dubbel during the weekend but I've run into a small dilemma. I don't have an additional fermentor to use for a secondary fermentation. My plan is to leave it in the primary for 3 weeks and bottle before I leave for a 2 week trip. Is this plan good or should I leave it in the primary for 2 more weeks while I'm on my trip?

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Old 04-16-2013, 12:33 PM   #2
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First off, secondary is absolutely unnecessary for 99% of beers, including Belgian Dubbel. If it were me, since this tends to be a bigger beer, I'd leave it on the yeast cake for the 5 weeks and bottle when you're back from your trip. By then it will most certainly have attenuated as low as it's going to. Cheers!
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:38 PM   #3
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Just leave it in the primary while you're on your trip. There is no reason to secondary a dubbel unless you're adding some sort of weird adjunct to it. As the previous poster said, it will benefit the beer to just sit on the yeast cake a little bit longer. No worries mang.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply guys, I'll leave the dubbel for two additional weeks and bottle it after I return from my trip. I'm fermenting this on a bucket so I'm assuming that leaving it this long won't be a problem, am I right?
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I left a brown ale in a plastic bucket for 9 weeks and it came out very good. Your dubbel should too. No worries. Have a safe trip.
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