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Ken Durning
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Username: Kendog

Post Number: 87
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 01:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I just finished brewing an AG hefe, and was wondering if I'll need to rack to secondary, or can I just put it right in the keg? Does it need to age any, or can I carb it and drink?

Thanks Guys
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 501
Registered: 02-2002
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 01:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No secondary -- it's a cloudy style. And drink it fresh!
The dreadful foul drink called mead is made from honey, then fermented. It is the sourest, blackest, vilest stuff ever invented by any man, and yet it is potent beyond all knowing; a few drinks and the world spins. -- Ibn Fadlan A.D.922
 

Vince Turley
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Username: Vince

Post Number: 79
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 05:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ken-
My standard "house" brew is a Franziskaner Hefe "clone", OG around 1.055 and FG usually 1.012. I let it go 2 weeks in primary, then I rack it to a keg and let it "condition" until I need it - 1 to 2 weeks typically. I like my Hefe young; it tends to get a little bland if it lasts more than 2-3 months (which is rare).

-Vince
 

Brandon Dachel
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Username: Brandon

Post Number: 1255
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 01:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How much yeast do you really want in your beer and how anxious are you to keg it.

Unless I'm in a huge hurry I like to secondary it for a week or so to let the excess yeast drop out.
 

Kris Featheringham
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Username: Kfeather

Post Number: 113
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 02:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I brewed a hefe 4 weeks ago. had to put a blow off on it cause it went crazy the first couple days, but it's still slowly bubbling away. This is my first hefe. Is it common to bubble this long?
 

Vince Turley
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Username: Vince

Post Number: 82
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 03:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kris-
I would pull a sample and evaluate it with a hydrometer measurement and taste... it should have finished fermenting by 2 weeks.

Items to consider: if your ferment temps fluctuate a lot, it could have stalled fermenting and re-started, or your carboy could be acting as a barometer, and you are just catching it as the system is warming up.

Measure your sample with your hydrometer, and correct for temperature - if it is below 1.015 and you like the taste, I would say keg/bottle it.