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Old 12-11-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default Just leave it in the primary for 3 weeks to a month

So, I'm sure denizens of this forum have read a number of members extolling the benefits of leaving your beer (ales, at least) in the primary for three weeks to a month, on the yeast. Let me add my name to that list. I just racked a Chimay Red clone (from an AHS partial-mash kit) to my secondary (going to bottle next week) after a month on the yeast and, if I had a keg, it would be ready to carbonate and drink now. It's gorgeous, clear, and tastes just like Chimay. I've had the same experience with the belgian tripel, DeKonnick clone, and Bell's Two-Hearted clone I've made using this method.

Give it a try if you haven't already. And to beginners, this is especially good advice. Just leave it on the yeast for three weeks to a month. You'll be glad you did.


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Old 12-11-2008, 04:14 PM   #2
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i agree.

I just transferred a belgian strong (Dutch Castle Magic kit from AHS) to the secondary after about 6 weeks in the primary. The gravity sample tasted delicous, and it dropped from 1.105 to 1.017 (84% attenuation!). I'm planning on letting it age for another month or 2 in secondary, but its going to be hard after how great it tasted.


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Old 12-11-2008, 07:28 PM   #3
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In my beginning homebrew guide it said something like "Leave it in the primary for 7-10 days...If you leave it in too long autolysis may occur" That got me paranoid that if I left it in for 11 days then my whole batch would be ruined and that's how I thought for the first couple batches.

Good thing I read other sources and with my last IPA it sat in the primary for 4-5 weeks and is my best batch.
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3+ weeks can definitely make the beer smoother. I also recommend fermenting on the lower end of the temperature scale for the yeast unless it's a beer which requires the funky esters (Belgium etc...).
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You guys might want to realize that if you leave you beer in primary for 3-4 weeks, THERE'S REALLY NO NEED to secondary at all....That's the point of leaving it on the yeast cake for so long, the critters clean up after themselves, and clear your beer, even more so than letting gravity do it in the bright tank (secondary).

Then you keg or bottle...

Raking to secondary afterwords is really a waste of time, unless you are bulk aging something like a barleywine for several months, otherwise it really serves no purpose whatsoever, except delaying the time till drinking the beer further than it needs to be.
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You guys might want to realize that if you leave you beer in primary for 3-4 weeks, THERE'S REALLY NO NEED to secondary at all....That's the point of leaving it on the yeast cake for so long, the critters clean up after themselves, and clear your beer, even more so than letting gravity do it in the bright tank (secondary).

Then you keg or bottle...

Raking to secondary afterwords is really a waste of time, unless you are bulk aging something like a barleywine for several months, otherwise it really serves no purpose whatsoever, except delaying the time till drinking the beer further than it needs to be.
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I never used a secondary.
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Ya I usually leave mine in the primary for 10 days then transfer to secondary for a week and a half to 2 weeks.
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Great, another convert! I've always pushed patience.

I even secondary my hefe weizens...then add "some" yeast back into the brew.
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Ahoy hoy,
Just my 2 cents worth, but in my opinion, secondarys are for dry hopping.
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