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Offline ANDREW.GROGAN1

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6 weeks in primary too long?
« on: September 19, 2016, 04:51:23 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?

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Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2016, 04:53:46 PM »
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Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2016, 05:18:06 PM »
No, be sure to package it when you get back and it should be fine.
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Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2016, 05:27:20 PM »
If it's a happy beer I would freshen it up with some more hops in the keg. Other than that no worries.
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Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2016, 05:23:20 AM »
The only thing I would be concerned about is if you primary is in a plastic bucket.  You may get some oxidation.
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Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2016, 05:45:41 AM »
6 wks is fine in primary.

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Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2016, 05:49:20 AM »
6 wks is fine in primary.


Yep, even in buckets. Obviously keep enough water in the airlock, past that it's all good.
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Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2016, 06:57:23 AM »
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.
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Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2016, 07:04:38 AM »
It is in a 6 gallon better bottle carboy


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Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2016, 08:12:56 AM »
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.
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Re: 6 weeks in primary too long?
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2016, 12:44:39 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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