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Old 01-25-2009, 04:04 PM   #1
Jan 2009
Pittsburgh, PA
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Have brewed 5 batches (all ale kits) and used the following process...

1 week primary (bucket)
1 week secondary (glass carboy)
2 weeks in bottle before chilling.

Starting to make my own recipes so want to make sure Im giving it ample time before drinking. I always make sure there is no more activity in the air lock after week 1 and Final gravity numbers have been pretty much right on. So far the beer has tasted as good as I could expect.

Just want to get some thoughts on what everyone else is doing.

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In primary: None
In secondary: Amber
Bottled (Conditioning): Pale Ale
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
Jan 2008
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I do 1 month primary, secondary if I am dry hopping (7 - 14 days) then bottle.

My basement is pretty cool this time of year, so it takes 4 - 6 weeks to carb up.

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Old 01-25-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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If you search for "long primary" or "No secondary" or "yeast clean up after itself" you will find a ton of info on what a lot of us are doing, and why...It's a question that we get asked 2-3 times a day so there's plenty of info on it to give you an idea.

Which is pretty much what S2n8 says....long primary, no secondary, unless hopping or adding fruit.
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