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in leaving my brew to ferment for 2 weeks in the primary, as opposed to leaving it for a week instead providing the SG remains constant over 2 days?
 

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Yes, even though fermentation has appeared to have ended, the yeast are still in their working.

If you can't wait, go for it. But there are definitely advantages.
 

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Just leave it for 3 weeks and it will clear enough you can go straight to the bottling bucket, and taste better.
 
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I bottled my brews after 7 days, but I added finings 24 hours before bottling and after a month of conditioning it's quite clear. Next brew I'll leave for 2 weeks in the primary.
 

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I've got a Dubbel going on it's 6th week, but I would recommend 21 days for a normal gravity brew, at least 28 days for higher gravities in the primary. My dubbel may even go on a 7th week due to a family birthday this weekend, so we'll see what happens.

Longer primaries have made a definite improvement on the overall flavor in my brews.
 

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Even when the yeast are largely finished with the primary fermentation process, if left to work longer they will clean up a lot of their own by-products, usually resulting in a cleaner flavor. I also noticed that I often get an extra point or two drop in FG since I started leaving them in primary longer (compared to the same recipe done with a shorter primary). In addition, after a 2 week primary - 2 week secondary and 3 weeks bottle conditioning, 90% of my batches have lost their green flavor and are ready to drink.

I prefer to secondary most of my beers, but many folks on here skip the secondary and instead opt for a 3-4 week long primary. I started out using the 1-2-3 method but as my brewing progressed (and my pipeline built up) I increased my primary time to 10 days, then to 14 days and I'd definitely say my beer has improved.
 

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I'm in the same boat as ifishsum. 2 weeks - 2 weeks - 3 weeks for me. And I too have noticed an increase in quality. How you choose to do your process comes down to the equipment you have at your disposal and your patience.
 
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Would I get less severe hangovers with a longer primary? And how long before bottling should I add finings?
 

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Would I get less severe hangovers with a longer primary? And how long before bottling should I add finings?
That is one of the funniest questions I have seen asked here in a while!

But the answer is no... it won't affect the severity of a hangover :)
 

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Don't drink so much, and you won't get a hangover. I hate it when people say this or that doesn't give you a hangover, let me tell you, if you drink enough of any alcoholic beverage you'll get a hangover. :D
 
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I got the worst hangover I've ever had off my first batch of beer, and I didn't even get that drunk.
 

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I have never used finings - I generally use irish moss in the boil and most of my beers clear very nicely over time. Patience will yield the biggest improvement in your end result. I always go 3-4 weeks in primary and straight to bottle. Three weeks at room temp to carb properly and enjoy.
 
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