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Old 02-07-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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Default What would I gain by doing a secondary right now?

I brewed a small batch of Belgian Strong Golden Ale 3 weeks ago. It's a total of about 3.5 gallons in my 6 gallon carboy. It's been done fermenting for a couple weeks and I was going to transfer it to secondary in my 3 gallon carboy for another 3 weeks or so.

Would I really gain anything by doing this? What if I just left it in my primary for another 3 weeks then bottled it? I don't want to risk infection if I don't have to. Does anyone see a problem with leaving it on the yeast cake for the full 6 weeks before bottling? Thanks for any help, this is my first Belgian, and my first beer over 7%.



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Old 02-07-2009, 04:42 PM   #2
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I don't think you would have a problem leaving it on the yeast cake for six weeks, but that is a lot of head space. If it were me, I would rack it then get another brew going in that empty primary.



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Old 02-07-2009, 04:55 PM   #3
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yeah that's another thing I was wondering, how much the headspace will affect things for that long of time....

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The longer you leave it, the less the CO2 cloud will blanket it. Normally if this was a 5 gallon batch it wouldn't be a big deal but with that much headspace, I'd personally transfer it and start another brew like double_e5 said.

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Cool, doing that now. Thanks for the advice.



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