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Old 12-17-2007, 09:52 PM   #1
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I was bored today (as usual) so I was thinking what would be better. If you brewed today, and you needed this beer to be bottled and ready in 5 weeks, would it be better to leave in the primary for 3 weeks, and bottle for 2, or primary for 2 weeks and bottle for 3.

I usually leave my beers in the primary for 3 weeks, then bottle for 3 weeks. Most of them are good after 2 weeks, but that 3rd week does some amazing things.

So, I was thinking that maybe it would be more beneficial if you only had 5 weeks, to stick it in the bottle so it can bottle condition that extra week.

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Old 12-17-2007, 09:58 PM   #2
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I think it depends on the beer - a simple wheat beer is probably good for 2 weeks in primary and 3 in bottles. Others might be better with more primary time. From my limited experience, the longer in bottles the better, but that's also the longer in total, if you know what I mean!
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:00 PM   #3
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how about 2.5 - 2.5!!!

 
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:37 PM   #4
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My two cents, flat beer is worse than green beer. 2 in primary 3 in bottles.

 
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:53 PM   #5
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24hrs in a keg will get it fizzy, but most of my beers don't taste well blended till I let them sit over 1 month.

Beer is something you don't rush, if in a hurry go to the store or look around at a local beer brewery and buy a keg.

 
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:59 PM   #6
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2 then 3.

72 degrees for the bottles.
Rock em gently every other day.
Test em after 17-18 days.
Try and allow 4-5 days chill conditioning before serving to let settle and clear.

 
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Old 12-18-2007, 01:36 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Raffie
24hrs in a keg will get it fizzy, but most of my beers don't taste well blended till I let them sit over 1 month.

Beer is something you don't rush, if in a hurry go to the store or look around at a local beer brewery and buy a keg.
thanks, but kegging wasn't an option in this scenario and neither was buying someone else's beer.

 
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Old 12-18-2007, 01:39 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BierMuncher
2 then 3.

72 degrees for the bottles.
Rock em gently every other day.
Test em after 17-18 days.
Try and allow 4-5 days chill conditioning before serving to let settle and clear.
Thanks! Sounds like a good plan.

I figure the longer conditioning in the bottle will make a better beer rather than just letting it clear in the primary.

Good catch on the higher temp too!

 
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