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Old 02-19-2008, 05:15 PM   #1
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Does a Belgian White need to sit in secondary?
I would think not, since you don't want it to be clear.

Is there something I'm overlooking in that assumption?
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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No, Wit's don't need to secondary and should be consumed fairly young. They don't age all that well. I brew a Wit on a regular basis and usually move it from fermenter to keg in about 10 days and start drinking it about 7-10 days later when it's carbed up.
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:48 PM   #3
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agreed. you could secondary if you needed the primary for another batch, but keep it short and sweet. you don't want overly yeasty Wit, but a Wit isn't supposed to be sparkling clear at all.

i'd lean towards a couple extra days in primary though, and then bottle or keg like normal.
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Old 02-19-2008, 10:21 PM   #4
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What I plan on doing with my current belgiam wheat is just keeping it in the primary for 2 weeks then bottling as opposed to the usual 1-2-3 method I encorporate

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