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Old 02-24-2007, 12:05 PM   #1
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I am currently using a closed plastic bucket as my primary and a 5 gal glass carboy as my secondary. I am debating using just the glass carboy with a blow-off tube as my primary. What should I do? What are the advantages of a two stage fermetation v. one stage?

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Old 02-24-2007, 12:31 PM   #2
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I've just started using a secondary. I'm not sure what the advantages are exactly, but here are some observations.

I hear using a secondary is primary for clarity. When I pull my beer into the secondary I leave a huge cake of hops, yeast and other solids behind. I can tell that these solids havce no chance of getting mixed up in my beer again... since they were left behind.

Also, 15 minutes after I moved my beer to secondary my airlock started bubbling again... somehow the move made the yeast start acting again... not sure if this is normal or not, but was a cool result.

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would using a bottling bucket do the same thing. Racking it from the primary into the bottling bucket would leave behind that scum. Wouldn't the bottles serve as a secondary anyways?

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I am currently using a closed plastic bucket as my primary and a 5 gal glass carboy as my secondary. I am debating using just the glass carboy with a blow-off tube as my primary. What should I do? What are the advantages of a two stage fermetation v. one stage?

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That really is a question that should require a little reading before asking, there's 100s of threads and aricles on the reasons and benefits of using a secondary fermenter.
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Old 02-24-2007, 01:50 PM   #5
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