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Old 09-07-2009, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default I now filter my beer - is there any point to the secondary fermenter anymore?

My thinking is I keep the beer in primary until terminal gravity, then chill it overnight, filter it, carb it, done.

What am I missing by not going to secondary?

(I'd still use a secondary for dry-hopping as I wouldn't want the beer on top of the yeast for longer than after TG is hit).



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Old 09-07-2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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Conditioning, but if you like green beer, have at it.



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Yes, fair enough. I'd leave it in primary longer than hitting TG, maybe by a week. I dunno, I'm considering following the methods breweries use (no secondary, they go from primary to filter, then to bright tank to carb up for 2 days or so, then it's kegged/bottled)

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Is filtered beer as tasty? Personally I think not.

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Many of us primary for 3 weeks then cold crash and keg. I have found the beer better if left on the cake for 1-2 weeks. They are very clear and leave almost no sediment in the keg.

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Sounds like a plan for me beerthirsty.

I think filtering is the missing link to ultra-high quality beer now that I've gotten into it. I personally don't find yeast flavor appealing most times (a Wit being an exception). And all the sedimentation at the bottom of the bottle is not something I enjoy either. Plus, I really do like a clear beer. It's like cleaning a great vegetable taken from the earth of all the dirt and stuff. 2 cents y'all!

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If you are not planning to do any Belgians, wheat beers, not planning to age any beers than you are all set on your plan.

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It really depends on your yeast health and pitching rate. The big danger is crashing and filtering before the yeast have really finished. That said, I made a brown ale with WL British Ale yeast on Friday that is now finished and ready for drinking. I pitched a massive amount of yeast though.

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Yup, this is on the assumption that I'm pitching a huge amount of yeast so I get to TG faster and can let the beer clear a bit while still in the primary.... another advantage of filtering - not having to worry about adding gelatin anymore.

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And all the sedimentation at the bottom of the bottle is not something I enjoy either.
you're not planning on bottling right?


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