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Old 12-31-2006, 06:11 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I moved my orange pale into the secondary yesterday and today no bubbles or Krausen in it at all is this normal?

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Old 12-31-2006, 06:15 AM   #2
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Yup. Secondary "fermentation" is a little of a misnomer. The beer is clearing and aging, but nor really fermenting. If you do see activity, it's usually because you racked too soon. The only time where an actual fermentation happens in the secondary is when you add fruit, or some other fermentable to the secondary.

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Old 12-31-2006, 06:22 AM   #3
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Yep, secondary is pretty lame.

You might see a bubble or two if you are able to sit there for long enough. Chances are you won't. This stage is mostly for clearing.

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Old 12-31-2006, 06:33 AM   #4
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Yep, secondary is pretty lame.
If all you're doing is watching it!

The secondary is where you can also dry hop your beer forr moore hop aroma.
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Old 12-31-2006, 01:34 PM   #5
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The secondary is also where you free up your primary for another brew. Nothing lame about that!

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Old 01-01-2007, 11:58 PM   #6
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Yup - just leave it in there for 2 weeks. If your watching/waiting for something to happen, you're going to be waiting for a whole lot of nothin'.

Rack to secondary = "set-it & forget-it" (for 2 weeks)

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Looks like I am bucking the trend here. I usually rack whem I am seeing 2 bbl/min or so, so I get some fermentation in the secondary. I want a day or two on slow fermentation to happen to build a CO2 layer on top of the beer.

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Secondary is a hold-over from wine making, where you (for reds) do a ferment on the skins and then rack it to complete the ferment. In brewing, you rack from the fermenter to a clearing (bright) tank after the ferment is complete. So, it's rare (but not unheard of) to see any fermentation in the clearing tank.

However, I don't think we will ever get rid of this confusing term.

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