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Old 01-16-2006, 07:48 PM   #11
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ok an update...

two weeks in the primary and she's still bubbling away to the tune of about 5-6 per minute.... still some activity, swirling of yeasties and other hops that didn't quite get left in the kettle.

a question...

how long would you guys keep it in the primary before racking... two weeks is the longest i've ever left a beer in primary containers... i'm not too worried about getting alot of off flavors do to the gravity and activity, and am thinking maybe a month in there, then into the secondary.

i could take a gravity reading and then decide, but i'm hesitant to open it up just yet.
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:57 PM   #12
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ok an update...

two weeks in the primary and she's still bubbling away to the tune of about 5-6 per minute.... still some activity, swirling of yeasties and other hops that didn't quite get left in the kettle.

a question...

how long would you guys keep it in the primary before racking... two weeks is the longest i've ever left a beer in primary containers... i'm not too worried about getting alot of off flavors do to the gravity and activity, and am thinking maybe a month in there, then into the secondary.

i could take a gravity reading and then decide, but i'm hesitant to open it up just yet.
I think I'd go no more than 3 weeks for it. This of course depending on how much trub it is sitting on.

At any rate it won't hurt to rack it. Were you planning on pitching more yeast to help it along?
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Old 01-16-2006, 08:01 PM   #13
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I was reading a thread on another board the other day where some guy was talking about keeping high gravity beers like barleywines in the primary for months. I don't know if I'd go that far, but I wouldn't worry about it at all before 4-5 weeks, IMHO.
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:08 PM   #14
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it wasn't a usmcruz thread/advice was it

but i'm gonna give it a week and take a reading when we bottle the stout and see where i'm at. as much as i have not wanted to be bothered with hydro readings, i'm glad me brother is into taking them.
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:23 PM   #15
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it wasn't a usmcruz thread/advice was it
No, I think we traumatized the poor guy...he hasn't been posting anywhere that I've found...to be honest I don't think he was really a marine anyway. I'm pretty sure he was a 13 year old marine wannabe, and his mommy found out what he'd been up to and whacked his pee-pee.
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Old 01-17-2006, 09:01 PM   #16
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i racked it last night, despite wanting to wait. the gravity was down to 1.038, from it's original 1.096... i'm thinking about champaign yeast in the secondary now, but perhaps i'll wait a week or two and see how it pans out.

it tasted pretty sweet, but very alcoholic, a possible winner recipe for duplication.
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