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View Poll Results: Do you use a secondary fermenter?
Always skip a secondary fermenter 45 17.65%
Never skip a secondary fermenter 141 55.29%
Only use a secondary when dry hopping 20 7.84%
Other 49 19.22%
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Old 03-18-2007, 12:37 PM   #1
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I know this is a debatable topic but I was wondering how many people here skip the secondary? I was going to do this on my next batch to see for myself the results of leaving my brew in the primary for 3-4 weeks.

If you mark other in the poll please explain...Thanks

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Old 03-18-2007, 12:55 PM   #2
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I like to use a secondary! It really helps clear the beer, and helps me keep my beer around longer! I figure the longer it is in the secondary, the longer i will have let it condition before I drink them!

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Old 03-18-2007, 01:08 PM   #3
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Default I lied.

Once, when I was either in a hurry, or too lazy, or maybe didn't have one empty, I did skip the secondary. As I recall, it didn't really make that much of a difference. Normally, though, I always use one.

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I know this is a debatable topic but I was wondering how many people here skip the secondary? I was going to do this on my next batch to see for myself the results of leaving my brew in the primary for 3-4 weeks.

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I wouldn't leave my beer in the primary that long. If you want to skip the secondary, just bottle it after 2 weeks.
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:50 PM   #5
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I have not used a secondary for my last 8 batches. I ferment in a primary for 10 days to 2 weeks, crash cool for a couple of days, then rack to a keg.

My beers come out clear enough for me. Here's my Haus Pale Ale.

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Old 03-18-2007, 01:58 PM   #6
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I bottle, so I always use a secondary. If I was kegging, though, I'd probably skip it. One of the reasons I use a secondary is because bottling is such a pain! I procrastinate about bottling, until I feel I "have" to bottle next weekend.

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Old 03-18-2007, 02:21 PM   #7
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I always use a secondary, even with my Hefe Weizens.

At least with a HW you can add the amount of yeast you want to make it cloudy again. Mush like a good German HW.

Here's a pic of my last Pale Ale...

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Old 03-18-2007, 03:04 PM   #8
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From what research I have done it seems like the only people that do skip a secondary are people that are kegging.

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I didn't get a secondary until my 6th batch, and I've used it on every batch except one since then. I didn't use it for my latest belgian wit. Other than wheat beers, I'll probably use it every time.

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Keg from the fermenter 95% of the time. Barleywines, hopwine & meads have been the only exceptions and those are all once a year (or less) batches.

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