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Bierview
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Username: Bierview

Post Number: 591
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 67.81.178.93
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How long can I leave the beer on w1388 in the primary? Darn work schedule is getting in the way again.
 

Bob Boufford
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Username: Bobb

Post Number: 423
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 96.52.166.10
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 12:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi,

Past discussions on HBD have two weeks on primary is okay with some brewers saying three to four weeks is still okay with some beers. I usually go 10 days to two weeks on primary and then direct rack to mini-kegs, TADs or bottles. Cheers, Bob
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10149
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.141.50.33
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 02:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Most Belgian strains can handle a long time in primary (and especially in secondary). Wheat beer strains and lower gravity beers are more sensitive to autolysis. I wouldn't worry for 6-8 weeks with a strong Belgian ale in primary on Wyeast 1388.
 

Cory K.
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Username: Galaxy51

Post Number: 262
Registered: 04-2006
Posted From: 70.58.160.214
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 04:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bierview,I wouldn't think your beer will suffer much, if any, from leaving it too long in the primary. Of course there is always a limit to how long it can sit on its yeast cake without some negative things happening.
In the commercial brewing business their only concern is how long do they have to leave it in primary or secondary rather than how long can it be left there.
Unless we are brewing back to back brews we don't have to abide by the same concerns as the comercial breweries.
I'm sure that yeast autolysis can occur in a large enough degree to negatively effect beer left on the yeast cake too long. I just think that it doesn't happen nearly as fast or as often as a lot of homebrewers believe.
 

Bob Wall
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Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 2500
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 24.248.74.254
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 04:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have left a Stout in primary for 2 months. not on purpose, but it didn't bother it at all.
 

Bierview
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Username: Bierview

Post Number: 592
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 67.81.178.93
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 05:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks guys. I don't expect it to be more than 3 -4 weeks.