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Old 03-29-2006, 07:23 PM   #1
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My Honey Wheat in the primary has leveled off with a S.G. @ 1.006 and a bubble every now and then without regularity. I do not have a secondary so I am trying to decide if I should bottle or let it set in the primary. For how long? any advice?

Havnít tasted it yet but man it smells good!




 
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Old 03-29-2006, 07:27 PM   #2
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One rule of thumb is that if the gravity does not drop for 3 consecutive days you're good to bottle. You could let it sit for a little longer in the primary, but a wheat generally won't clear much, anyways.



 
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Old 03-29-2006, 08:44 PM   #3
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Is there a time limit that it can stay in the primary? How long to condition in the bottle?

 
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:05 PM   #4
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It's an oft discussed topic around here...you can turn up a lot in a search. Basically, at some point the yeast will start to cannabilize themselves (autolysis) resulting in off-flavors. Most people seem to think that 2-3 weeks in the primary is safe...I don't of anybody exceeding that.

Homebrew usually carbonates in 2-3 weeks.

 
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:14 PM   #5
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Most people seem to think that 2-3 weeks in the primary is safe...I don't of anybody exceeding that.
When I was in the LHBS this weekend picking up my wine kit, there were some younger guys in there talking about their last batch. They left it in the primary (bucket) for 6 months (I assume out of laziness or something.)

Me, SWMBO, and the guys working there asked how it tasted after 6 months in the primary, but those guys looked at us like we had extra eyeballs and said they dumped it without sampling it and even threw the bucket away.

Bummer, because I was really hoping to hear the results of a tasting.
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:19 PM   #6
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Didn't Cheesefood leave a batch in the primary for several months post-Cheeselet? Seems like he mentioned it recently when he came up for air.

 
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:26 PM   #7
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i think you are correct. did you try to dig up the post?
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:27 PM   #8
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I remember that, I think he said it was okay after a couple months, kinda laying the debate to rest. I had a Lager that took almost 8 weeks in primary and it's <burp> delicious.
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:29 PM   #9
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BTW, here's cheesefood's post about the long-primary. I bumped it with a question about off tastes since no one ever responded to his original message.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=7631


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