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Nurb

Maximum time for fermentation?

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This is the recipe I'm talkin about:
http://community.mrbeer.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=124&func=view&catid=9&id=140179

I've just reached my 5th week of fermenting, and over the weeks I've noticed the taste slooooowly getting towards what I'm going for. 2nd week it was both apple-cidery and earthy bitter, 3rd week it mellowed, 4th the malts started to come, and today it tastes like it's beginning to balance out, but the spice is still a bit dominate with a liiittle noticable cidery taste hanging around. It doesn't taste like flat beer yet either.

So I'm wanting it to continue for another week, but I don't want it to spoil on me, and wondering how long is TOO long with this. The sediment is taking a while to settle, but I don't see any mold or scuzz on top besides the leftover foam on the sides from the first days of fermentation.

thanks in advance

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5 weeks is a long time i would bottle now its done fermenting it will further condition in the bottle

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I thought it was a long time too, but the taste just kept improving and it didn't quite taste like 'flat beer' so I posed the question. I guess I'll get to bottling and wait and see.

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Nurb wrote:

I thought it was a long time too, but the taste just kept improving and it didn't quite taste like 'flat beer' so I posed the question. I guess I'll get to bottling and wait and see.

I'd bottle it and let it continue improving in the bottle. There's more of a chance at having something go wrong with an extended time in the fermenter than an extended time in the bottle.

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What you have going for you is the 'bulk conditioning' versus the 'bottle conditioning'. Many experienced brewers claim that this yields a better brew in the end.

I'm not against leaving the beer in the primary for a while, I just don't know how long the 'open' style of the MrB kegs will last before all the CO2 escapes. 4 weeks? I wouldn't sweat it. 5 weeks - I'd start thinking about bottling.

I posed this question (how long can we ferment in the MrB kegs?) to the brewmasters here and they are planning on addressing this in an upcoming podcast.

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What about those of us who don't do Podcast? :(

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dferron wrote:

What about those of us who don't do Podcast? :(

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