Re: Still lost on whether to use a secondary or not..

Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:54 am

Ozwald wrote:Personally I only use a secondary for fruit, wood & sours.

Depending on how much break material and other stuff I've got on the bottom, if I'm dry hopping I'll rack to a 5 gal carboy so I can keep the hops roused up and not end up buried under yeast/trub before they contribute anything.
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Re: Still lost on whether to use a secondary or not..

Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:53 pm

Thanks for all the Replies..I learned alot.....
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Re: Still lost on whether to use a secondary or not..

Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:41 pm

jokosr wrote:Thanks for all the Replies..I learned alot.....

I told you we'd have a lot of different, but similar, answers. :drink
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Re: Still lost on whether to use a secondary or not..

Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:36 am

Ask 10 brewers a question & you'll get 11 different answers plus one "It depends."
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Re: Still lost on whether to use a secondary or not..

Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:05 am

I usually only use secondary for Lagers and fruit meads. Saves a transfer and extra cleaning. Typically my beers are 2 to 3 weeks in primary then kegged.
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Re: Still lost on whether to use a secondary or not..

Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:47 am

I'll chime in on this one. I am another one that does not rack to secondary. Only time I do is when I am brewing a Breet beer or a Lager. My rule of thumb is 3 weeks in the primary for all of my ales, then to the keg. I also feel that the yeast cleans up after itself. You have to give the yeast time to do it's job. I have been doing the 3 weeks in primary thing now for over 3 years, and it has worked out great for me. As far as autolysis is concerned, that's old information and a lot of new information on yeast has been thrown around. Basically, my rule of thumb is any beer that needs to be aged goes to secondary. All other "normal" beers, 90% of what I brew, 3 weeks in primary and off to the kegs.
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Re: Still lost on whether to use a secondary or not..

Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:56 am

It depends.........


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Re: Still lost on whether to use a secondary or not..

Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:31 am

In the past, I have always done a secondary. However, with the beers I currently have in the primary, I am planning to transfer the beer directly from the primary to the keg after 2-3 weeks. Are there differences in clarity for one method versus the other? Is there anything I can do to improve the clarity (other than filtering)?
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