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Old 07-11-2010, 01:44 AM   #1
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Default Transfer to secondary fermenter

I am brewing my first batch of beer.
Selected Tasmanian Light Lager, in 7 more days I have to transfer it to the secondary fermenter. Am I supposed to filter it when I transfer it?
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:05 AM   #2
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When you transfer to secondary you dont need to filter, you just rack the beer off and leave the yeast behind. How long has the beer been in primary?

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Old 07-11-2010, 02:18 AM   #3
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no filtering necessary

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Old 07-11-2010, 02:19 AM   #4
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you may wanna brew some ales to get your feet wet. lagers are a little tougher

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What is your most basic recipe for a beginner IPA?

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If you are using kits (i.e. Coopersm Muntons etc.) then you dont need to worry about whether you are brewing a lager or an ale too much. Id recommend doing up to 5 before moving onto extract or all grain. Read up as much as you can on here and the search feature is your best friend It wont be long before you will be able to design a beer in your head and know what to expect a month later after brewing and conditioning Oh and the first rule of homebrewing, be patient.

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Old 07-11-2010, 04:09 PM   #7
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It has been in the primary for 1 week, plan to leave it in for another week and transfer to the refrigerator for 4 weeks.

Problem I am anticipating is my neighbor suggested I use the carboy for the primary fermenter. I have another carboy to transfer it into for the secondary fermenter, but am not sure how to keep the beer on top separate from the yeast on the bottom when I pour it out.

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I don't plan to brew any more lagers for awhile, takes to long for a product.
Going with an amber ale and then a summer ale.
Also going to try a Mike's Hard lemonade clone.

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Another option is to leave it in the primary for 3-4 weeks and skip the secondary. Many do that at this point and find that it results in a cleaner-tasting beer.

If you are going to use a secondary, you want to siphon it off of the trub, and keep the trub from being transferred.

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Problem I am anticipating is my neighbor suggested I use the carboy for the primary fermenter. I have another carboy to transfer it into for the secondary fermenter, but am not sure how to keep the beer on top separate from the yeast on the bottom when I pour it out.

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Oh no no no. You dont 'pour it out' ! You need to siphon it gently without splashing into the other carboy. If you splash the beer too much while you transfer, you oxygenate it and that may produce some off flavors. Do you have a siphon? The auto siphon is easy to use and only about $12 at the homebrew shop. You start the siphon around the middle or the top of the beer and do it gently so as not to disturb the yeast at the bottom. Easy. Good luck!
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