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Old 03-05-2012, 07:07 PM   #1
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I use all grain for my homebrews. When the instructions suggest 1 to 2 weeks primary then 1 to 2 weeks secondary what is the difference? I guess what i am asking is does it mean you can ferment in primary in one week and then secondary a week then bottle! What is the difference if you ferment just 1 week in primary and 1 week in secondary compared to doing 2 weeks in both? (Irish Stout)

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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Time heals all wounds...The longer you let it alone for the yeasties to do their magic the better. You may end up with yeast still in suspension after a short 1 week ferment, resulting in cloudy and yeast tasting beer.

You could skip the secondary and leave it in the primary for 4 weeks or longer. Just personal preference at that point.

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:22 PM   #3
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I've seen those instructions a lot in kits. There is no advantage whatsoever in leaving a beer for a week or 2 in the primary then a week or 2 in the secondary. I'd just leave it in the primary for a month then bottle. I only use a secondary if i'm aging a beer for an extended period. Always make sure that beer is done fermenting (check with a hydrometer) before racking to a secondary.

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do breweries usually transfer into a secondary fermentor?

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Old 03-05-2012, 08:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info!

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I would say at least 2 weeks in primary. Secondary isn't really an issue. I'm only planning on using a secondary now if I need to dry hop or add some sort of fruit or something to my beer. If you are really trying to rush it, 2 weeks will probably be fine although I'd go for 3 weeks min, 4 weeks preferable. I brewed a Guinness clone a little over a month ago and drank it all this weekend at a party with my friends. In my opinion, after 2 weeks you are just going for clarity. With an Irish Stout you don't really need to worry about that. IMO

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