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grasshopper1917

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How long can I leave beer in secondary without worrying about the yeast dying. Im going away and was thnking of making a couple batches - one week in primary - and leaving them 6 weeks in secondary without bottling. Will they still carb as usual or would I have to worry yeast dying from being in secondary too long? Also what it the limit in secondary before you start to run into carbination problems from dying yeast?
 

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I too have left beer in secondary for quite some time. I made 2 lambics and they stayed in secondary for about 2 years and carbonated just fine.
 

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Yeast becomes dormant in the absence of stuff to eat. It will hang like that for a long time, then pop back into action when conditions change. There's a technical name for that dormant state that escapes me at the moment.
 

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