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Old 05-21-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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I've been brewing wine for years, but recently started doing beer. that said i've got my second kit going now, it's been in primary for about 6 weeks. plan is to rack straight from primary to keg as soon as i free up some time.

I'm assuming that since i have not disturbed this since brew day i should be fine. like i said with wine its a set it and forget it mentality, just wanted to make sure i wasn't ruining anything letting it sit on the trub longer.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:50 PM   #2
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People have left their beers up to a year in primary with no issues. I've had a beer in for 6 months with no problems.

My MINIMUM time is one month. Usually I end up going around 6 weeks.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #3
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thanks revvy, i figured i was safe but the mind always starts second guessing things when i'm no where near home to do anything about it. haha
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:03 PM   #4
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My schedule has meant that beers that I have planned to bottle or rack to secondary have stayed in the primary for a long time. Beer is much more forgiving than you think. Just clean, sanitize, prime, and bottle. In a few weeks, you will enjoy.

 
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6 weeks is perfectly fine!

 
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:00 PM   #6
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wow...a year in primary! I don't know how that would go down, I 've read that after so much time yeast starts to break down I 'm not sure how long it takes or if temp varies the time frame in which this happens. I would think within a year. I have never tried it for that long so I would think after so much time, either you have the best tasting beer in your life or you have a horrible beer.

 
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:06 PM   #7
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wow...a year in primary! I don't know how that would go down, I 've read that after so much time yeast starts to break down I 'm not sure how long it takes or if temp varies the time frame in which this happens. I would think within a year. I have never tried it for that long so I would think after so much time, either you have the best tasting beer in your life or you have a horrible beer.
I believe autolysis is confined to commercial brewing for the most part where there are high pressures on the yeast cake because of the size of the fermenters.

 
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