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Old 11-23-2013, 06:01 PM   #11
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8 weeks would be too long for a pale ale or IPA imo. Hoppiness would be fading by then. If it needs that long to smooth out,then you aren't used to hoppy beers,or something else is wrong.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:04 PM   #12
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As someone already mentioned, beer is ready when it's ready. That's the best piece of advice. Don't rush anything! Wait till the FG has settled before you bottle/keg. If bottling, the style and strength of the beer is really going to determine how long that takes. Some beers might be ready after 10-14 days, while others may take up to 6 weeks and sometimes longer before they're ready.
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Thanks for the responses. Two weeks will be up a week from tomorrow; I'll take a FG reading and decide from there.

I don't know why I'm so hung up on the secondary fermenter (maybe because I hate to see it just sit in the closet, lol)? It's definitely satisfying to move from the primary to the secondary and leave all the trub behind - but necessary? Probably not. I'm sure the beer will be just as clear if I leave it in the primary for an extra week before putting it in the keg.

I'm not sure that I could wait 18 weeks before I carbonate. 8 weeks - maybe. Will the difference between 4 weeks and 8 weeks really make a difference for an ale?

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Don't leave your secondary sit empty in the closet. It makes a fine fermenter for ciders, wines, or meads. Put it to good use so it doesn't keep calling for beer.

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Hydrometers tell when beer is ready to bottle, not schedules, not bubbles in the airlock, not your wishes. Use the hydrometer to take a reading about 3 to 4 days before you think you want to bottle, then again on bottling day. If the readings match, bottle it. If the gravity is still going down, wait a week and check it again.

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Old 11-24-2013, 06:57 PM   #15
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Thanks for the responses. Two weeks will be up a week from tomorrow; I'll take a FG reading and decide from there.



I'm not sure that I could wait 18 weeks before I carbonate. 8 weeks - maybe. Will the difference between 4 weeks and 8 weeks really make a difference for an ale?

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Yes it will make a big difference, the taste of a age conditioned beer is nothing like a young beer.

And Im not talking IPAs, I don't Brew IPAs, don't like IPAs ether lol

Their are exceptions to almost everything if you look for them.

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Hydrometers tell when beer is ready to bottle, not schedules, not bubbles in the airlock, not your wishes. Use the hydrometer to take a reading about 3 to 4 days before you think you want to bottle, then again on bottling day. If the readings match, bottle it. If the gravity is still going down, wait a week and check it again.
Come on now, wishes should help a bit, right ? lol

Very good reply RM-MN

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