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Old 02-06-2008, 12:39 AM   #1
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My first batch was in the primary for a week, I then transfered to my glass carboy and it has been there for a week, the question is how long can I leave it in the carboy (will it go bad, or does it matter), my thought is to leave it there until the weekend, transfer to bottling bucket Saturday morning, let it sit over night (to clarify a little more) and bottle on Sunday.


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Old 02-06-2008, 12:43 AM   #2
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I don't see a problem with leaving it in the secondary till the weekend. The secondary fermenter is really just a clearing tank anyway. Then as long as it is done fermenting go ahead and bottle and leave it alone for at least 3 weeks!

Congrats and what did you brew?

Edit: changed because the first post made little to no sense at all


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Old 02-06-2008, 12:57 AM   #3
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You can leave it in the secondary for well over 2 weeks without a problem. Don't bother with letting it sit in the bottling bucket overnight, not really necessary. Congrats on the first brew
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:59 AM   #4
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Autum Amber Ale / Midwest Homebrewing...

Will probably go with a couple more extract kits to hone my brewing skills, any suggestions?
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any suggestions?
Brew what you enjoy drinking. If there is a commercial beer that you really like, get a clone kit for it. That way you have an idea of what the finished product should taste like, it's a good way to work on your brewing technique.
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Old 02-06-2008, 01:10 AM   #6
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My first thought on the title was "Yeah, go ahead and bottle -- I tried a straw in the carboy and that didn't work out so well."

I wouldn't let it sit in the bottling bucket overnight, but it can stay in the secondary until you bottle with no problem.

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The tried and true 1-2-3 method is a good way to go. One week in primary (to ferment), two weeks in secondary (to finish fermenting and clear), three weeks in the bottle to condition.

That being said, it's good to use your hydrometer to ensure fermentation is complete if you want to rush things. On the other hand, time is your friend, so allowing enough time in each section will make better beer.

Waiting beyond the 1 week in primary and two weeks in secondary will not hurt anything, unless you stretch it out really long, like by months. There's much more info like this in www.howtobrew.com, a helpful read if you haven't seen it already.
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Thanks for the advise...I think I will look into a Pete's or Sam's clone


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Another question...
I checked on my brew and it looks like there are some "white specks" floating on the surface. What is this? Any concerns?
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My first thought on the title was "Yeah, go ahead and bottle -- I tried a straw in the carboy and that didn't work out so well."

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lmao - good chuckle to start my long day at work, thanks.


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