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Title: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: ANDREW.GROGAN1 on September 19, 2016, 11:51:23 PM
I have a beer that hit 4 weeks in primary yesterday. Normally I would have kegged it but I ran out of time. I leave tomorrow for a 2 week work trip. Am I risking it leaving it in primary for 6 weeks?
Title: Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on September 19, 2016, 11:53:46 PM
No
Title: Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: HoosierBrew on September 20, 2016, 12:18:06 AM
No, be sure to package it when you get back and it should be fine.
Title: Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: pete b on September 20, 2016, 12:27:20 AM
If it's a happy beer I would freshen it up with some more hops in the keg. Other than that no worries.
Title: Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: piersonm on September 20, 2016, 12:23:20 PM
The only thing I would be concerned about is if you primary is in a plastic bucket.  You may get some oxidation.
Title: Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: brewinhard on September 20, 2016, 12:45:41 PM
6 wks is fine in primary.
Title: Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: HoosierBrew on September 20, 2016, 12:49:20 PM
6 wks is fine in primary.


Yep, even in buckets. Obviously keep enough water in the airlock, past that it's all good.
Title: Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: dmtaylor on September 20, 2016, 01:57:23 PM
Take it from the laziest brewer on Earth (that's me):

6 weeks is my absolute limit of how far I would take it in primary.  6 weeks + 1 day may start to give you off-flavors.  Don't go for 7 weeks.

The effects are also indeed MUCH worse in plastic than they would be in glass.  If you are fermenting it in plastic, get it out of there soon.
Title: Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: ANDREW.GROGAN1 on September 20, 2016, 02:04:38 PM
It is in a 6 gallon better bottle carboy


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Title: Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: reverseapachemaster on September 20, 2016, 03:12:56 PM
I generally wouldn't keep a beer in primary for a month but if you've gone four weeks then two weeks isn't going to be much of a difference.
Title: Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
Post by: ANDREW.GROGAN1 on September 20, 2016, 07:44:39 PM
The only thing I would be concerned about is if you primary is in a plastic bucket.  You may get some oxidation.

6 gallon plastic better bottle carboy


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