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bearkluttz 08-09-2008 12:02 AM

Moving from primary to primary
I just ran out and bought a new primary bucket because i found that i have a VERY slow leak around the spigot on my current primary ( which from now on will be my bottling bucket ). Due to high shipping temps it has not yet started fermentation (at least visually, bubbles and such which i know isn't a good thing to judge by but it has been 30 hours or so since i pitched). Assuming that my sanitation is up to par can i safely transfer this beer to the new bucket. Should i be concerned with aeration at this point or would it still be a bonus? Thanks in advance

TheFlatline 08-09-2008 12:13 AM

Aeration probably would not be a good thing at this point. Your yeasties have probably done most of their reproduction already.

If it's a *very* slow leak, I'd hold off, but if not, rack very quietly and beware of stuck fermentation from the trauma of racking.

david_42 08-09-2008 12:17 AM

Go ahead and transfer it. Extra oxygen at this point isn't a problem. Even if the yeast have switched over to fermentation, some of them will switch back.

bearkluttz 08-09-2008 12:24 AM

I should add that there is not a speck of kreusen in the bucket as of yet.

ajf 08-09-2008 12:26 AM

I agree with David. Just make sure you don't leave the yeast behind.


bearkluttz 08-09-2008 01:29 AM

Thanks for the replies. I think i'll rack drunk but carefully...

malkore 08-09-2008 03:26 PM

I'd try to suck as much stuff off the bottom of the fermenter as possible, just to be safe.

be clean and sanitary, should be good. Another reason i don't use spigoted buckets for primary...but to each his/her own :)

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