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Old 01-14-2009, 06:53 PM   #1
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I've got my first batch of homebrew in a 5 gallon carboy in my basement, which I started last week. I'm leaving for San Fransisco for two weeks before the brew will finish fermenting. Can I let the brew sit in the carboy after it is done fermenting for two weeks if it is in the dark? and then bottle it when I get back? the basement is dark and cool.

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Old 01-14-2009, 06:58 PM   #2
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Yes, I leave my beers in primary for a month then bottle as a matter of course.

Many of us do...you can search for long primary or yeast cleaning up after itself and see the benefits of doing it.

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Old 01-14-2009, 07:16 PM   #3
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I would personally leave it for 3-4 weeks in the primary if you're not going to do a secondary. ..

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Old 01-14-2009, 08:55 PM   #4
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It's the best thing you could do for it, in fact. I don't bottle anything less than 21 days from pitching yeast.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:14 PM   #5
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You can even wait till' a week after you get back....You will be very happy with the results.

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