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« on: January 04, 2013, 08:51:11 AM »
How long do you guys and gals leave a typical beer, say under 1.060 OG, in the fermenter before bottling or kegging?
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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2013, 08:53:59 AM »
till it's done  ;D

It's really a hard question. I have had beer of that gravity in the keg after two weeks and have left it for 4.

Keep checking the gravity, and the taste. even after the gravity has stabalized I notice significant improvement in flavour with a little extra time on the yeast.

I will often cold crash a finished beer for a week or two on the yeast also. don't know if that matters or if it would be fine if I kegged it and cold crashed but I like what it does and the kegged beer gets consumed so the second half of the keg is always better than the first half.
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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2013, 08:59:49 AM »
2-4 weeks.  It depends more often on when I'm available to package the beer than when the beer is ready generally.
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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2013, 09:00:07 AM »
Typically 3 weeks.  If I feel it fermented fast and clean then 2 weeks for ales.

For lagers, 3 weeks or until at FG.  If it's close to FG, I'll typically raise the temp to 65F to let it burn out and clean up.

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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2013, 09:05:52 AM »
For ales, about 2 weeks ( longer if I get lazy ).  For lagers, about 3 weeks.

I only have space for 1 carboy in my fermentation chamber, so I like to get them out as soon as possible as long as they are done.
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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013, 09:55:17 AM »
When they're done dry-hopping :)

For normal-gravity ales I usually bottle after about 14 days. Bigger beers (above 1.065-1.070) sit for a good long while(4+ weeks), just to be sure. Most of my batches are in the 2-3 gallon range, so I really don't want to be taking a bunch of hydrometer readings if I can avoid it. I know my process/yeasts/temperatures well enough where I can just leave things the hell alone until I'm comfortable that it's done.
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Sort of a pole
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013, 10:43:53 AM »
what type of pole is this? A fireman's pole? A striper's pole? Or is it actually sort of a poll? :) :P
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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013, 11:00:38 AM »
what type of pole is this? A fireman's pole? A striper's pole? Or is it actually sort of a poll? :) :P

well, *I* laughed at the irony...   ;D

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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013, 11:10:47 AM »
what type of pole is this? A fireman's pole? A striper's pole? Or is it actually sort of a poll? :) :P
We need a virtual stripper pole on this site.  I have a striper rod at home, but stripers are hard to find in the desert(actually about as hard to find as strippers).
As for the original question, unless it's a beer I need for a special occasion or something like a hefeweizen or mild that I know will be ready fast I don't even check gravity for 2 weeks.
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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2013, 11:44:58 AM »
what type of pole is this? A fireman's pole? A striper's pole? Or is it actually sort of a poll? :) :P

well, *I* laughed at the irony...   ;D

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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2013, 12:09:01 PM »
2 weeks for ales, 3 weeks for lager. Unless it's an unusually high gravity ale, which I don't brew often, then that'd be 3 or 4 weeks.
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2013, 01:09:48 PM »
what type of pole is this? A fireman's pole? A striper's pole? Or is it actually sort of a poll? :) :P

well, *I* laughed at the irony...   ;D

3 weeks for me.

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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2013, 01:10:32 PM »
I'm going to go home and pitch my vile of yeast now. :P
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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2013, 01:24:55 PM »
Minimum 2 weeks unless I see something "fishy" about the fermentation (fishy being weird, not fishy like the aforementioned stripers).  Usually they sit for 3 or 4 weeks because I don't have a keg empty.  If they're gonna sit more than about 4 weeks without taking them off the yeast I'll make sure to put them in cold storage (usually it's a lager that I end up doing this with - I just drink ales too quickly).

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Re: Sort of a pole
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2013, 01:09:29 PM »
what type of pole is this? A fireman's pole? A striper's pole? Or is it actually sort of a poll? :) :P
It's sort of a pole as compared to actually being a poll. :)
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