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Old 01-07-2009, 04:38 AM   #1
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I brewed up a cream ale from 7 lbs extract and some hops, finished putting in the primary Friday Jan 2, at midnight.

OG: 1.04 (a bit lower than wanted)
Just now, tuesday, 13:30 pm, SG: 1.008

Ready for secondary tomorrow.

Still a couple of floaters on it which hopefuly sink overnight.

The smell is so sweet. Almost want to dive in for a swim with all my friendly yeasties.


 
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:42 AM   #2
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I'd leave it in the primary for at least a week more. Let the yeast clean up the fermentation by-products. Don't be in too big a hurry.
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:42 AM   #3
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I'd leave it in the primary for at least a week more. Let the yeast clean up the waste by-products. Don't be in too big a hurry.
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Why transfer it so quick? Also, what were your temps like?

 
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:47 AM   #4
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I keep the room temperature 68-71F

 
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:49 AM   #5
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My primary is like a large plastic bucket with a snap on lid. Not air tight, no air lock.

Do you think this primary is ok to last a week before transferring to secondary which is sealed with an airlock?

 
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:07 AM   #6
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My primary is like a large plastic bucket with a snap on lid. Not air tight, no air lock.

Do you think this primary is ok to last a week before transferring to secondary which is sealed with an airlock?
Yes, leave it in there for a couple weeks. Personally, I would leave it for 4 weeks but that's me. I like clean tasting, clear beers.
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:42 AM   #7
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i'd leave it... if i wasn't down to 4 bottles of my last brew, I'd have waited a little longer. I popped the top to my fermenter and could still see some action happening after 2 weeks in the primary.

I use a typical ale pail, but I tape up the joint between the top and the bucket with tyvek tape to ensure that it's a full air-tight seal.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:20 PM   #8
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Thanks. I'll give it a try longer in the primary and seal it up.

 
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