how long is too long for fermentation?

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adam_d_j

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Is there a certain point where yeast dies off and carbonating with sugar is impossible? Will the yeast die or become dormant until it gets more food? What is the lifespan of a typical ale yeast. How does yeast survive lagering? Lots of questions about yeast. Just curious.
 

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Yeast cells are some tough lil critters. If it's too hot,they die. If it's too cold,they go dormant. I've read stories on here where beer sat in primary for 5 months or more,& still came out good.
By & large,this question is def in the gray area. There lifespan is relavent to the conditions they're in. For most ales' time in primary,I don't woory about it.
 
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