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just fermentited my first ever batch and will be able to bottle sunday after a long awaited 14days...just wondered if people refridgerate right away or wait 2 weeks?

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I wait at least 4 weeks before putting it in the fridge. Usually 2 weeks to carb and 2 weeks to condition. Conditioning may take longer depending on how complex the beer is.

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For best results, don't refrigerate until your beer has been in the bottle at room temperature for at least a month.
If you refrigerate right away, it won't even carbonate (unless you take it back out).

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Thx all....new at this and like the help here.....must ask...why do the directions say bottle 7 days but 2 weeks is better...now everyone says at least 4 weeks

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bbbatv wrote:

Thx all....new at this and like the help here.....must ask...why do the directions say bottle 7 days but 2 weeks is better...now everyone says at least 4 weeks

Because, yes, you have made beer after 7 days of carbing in the bottle. But, the longer you let it sit unrefrigerated after bottling the better it tastes. The yeast have a chance to work a bit more after producing the bubbles. The flavors just get better because the hops, adjuncts, and malts get better acquainted.
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I think the '7 days' is also a marketing idea. Offer quick results and increase sales. It actually sells the MrBeer products short.
I have a Red Ale brewing for 7 days now and I know it will take at least another week in the keg and a solid month in the bottle...it still has a krausen island floating on it!

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Ok cool...all makes sense...so ive had in the keg since dec 26...i can bottle on sunday and just shelve it for 4 weeks....correct

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You SHOULD be able to. A hydrometer is a cheap tool that becomes very valuable to tell you when a beer is done fermenting.

In the absence of that, use your taste buds. If it tastes like flat beer = bottle. If it's sweet = give it a few more days in the keg.

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bbbatv wrote:

is it possible to leave it in the keg too long?

Most here recommend not leaving the beer in the keg for more than 3 weeks (21 days). I have gone 24 days with no ill effects, but usually go 21 days.

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