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mongrell

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I made a Honey Lager with California Lager yeast. It sat in the first fermenting carboy for close to a month, should I expect any funny flavors?

I usually transfer to a secondary within a couple days of fermenting but I got lazy this time.
 

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A month in primary is fine. Don't worry about it, you can transfer now or bottle.
 

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c.n.budz said:
Did you lager it during that time?
If you actually lagered it, then it shold be done and can be racked. If you used a lager yeast at ale temps, you could potentially end up with some flavors that you were not anticipating or worse, your fermentation may not complete.
 

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mongrell said:
I usually transfer to a secondary within a couple days of fermenting but I got lazy this time.
Not sure what to make of this comment...do you mean you normally transfer to secondary after primary has fully completed, within a couple days?

or are you actually doing a 2-3 day primary and then racking? cuz that's bad, m'kay?
 
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I meant I rerack when fermentation is > 90% based on estimated final gravity
 

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mongrell said:
I meant I rerack when fermentation is > 90% based on estimated final gravity
Why not just wait until fermentation is 98-100% done? Secondarying is for bulk conditioning, not further fermentation...
 

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Soulive said:
Why not just wait until fermentation is 98-100% done? Secondarying is for bulk conditioning, not further fermentation...
I thought that's what thirdary was for? :D
 

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mongrell said:
I made a Honey Lager with California Lager yeast. It sat in the first fermenting carboy for close to a month, should I expect any funny flavors?

I usually transfer to a secondary within a couple days of fermenting but I got lazy this time.
No problems. My big beers will usually have 1 month primaries before being transfered to a secondary. Most of my smaller beers just have a 3-4 week primary before bottling.

I think general consensus is that 1 month in the primary is no problem. More than that is probably OK too but don't push it too much. From there you can bottle it of use a secondary for additional conditioning and clearing.

Craig
 
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