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Old 01-20-2009, 11:07 PM   #1
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i have a stout that i brewed on 10/5/08 and i got very busy and i was wondering if this beer is still ok? it is still in the primary looks very clear and temp has been stable.. thanks!!


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Old 01-20-2009, 11:15 PM   #2
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is there still liquid in the airlock?
that's not too terribly long. It'll be fine.


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Old 01-20-2009, 11:22 PM   #3
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It should be okay. I have heard of others going longer. It's not recommended though because autolysis can happen. This can give major bad aftertastes. I recommend getting it out of that primary ASAP. Bottle or keg - whichever you do - and give it some time. Off flavors, if any, can fade in time. No point in tossing what could possibly be a good or great beer until you know for sure that it blows. Worst case scenario, other than it being a completely useless batch, is that it may take 6 months or so to rid itself of off flavors.

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Old 01-20-2009, 11:30 PM   #4
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Ten weeks isn't excessive. You can plan on drinking this one as soon as it's carb'd.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:22 AM   #5
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It is a stout though and they can benefit from aging, regardless...

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Old 01-21-2009, 05:17 AM   #6
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It is a stout though and they can benefit from aging, regardless...

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I think it should be fine given that it is a stout.. also you should be very mellowed.
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:26 AM   #7
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Still...get it off that yeast cake into secondary if you haven't already.

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I have a question along the same line. I am thinking of doing an Imperial Stout (kit), and in the description from midwest supplies it says that it should ferment for 6-12 months before being ready. Does this sound correct?
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I have a question along the same line. I am thinking of doing an Imperial Stout (kit), and in the description from midwest supplies it says that it should ferment for 6-12 months before being ready. Does this sound correct?
That sounds perfectly plausible. I think the best way to do that would be to leave it in primary for a month or so, and then for the remaining 5-to-11 months rack it to secondary to get it off the yeast cake and avoid any risk of autolysis.
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so basically I am conditioning for that length of time. Autolysis will not occur if pulled off the yeast cake in my primary? So what is the difference between conditioning in the secondary or in a bottle?


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