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Old 01-18-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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I am brewing an Irish Red and kept it in the primary for 10 days before I transferred it to the carboy. I was getting ready to bottle and noticed that it had begun to vigorously ferment in the carboy. Anybody know anything about this?

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Old 01-18-2013, 09:47 PM   #2
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did you take 2 consequetive gravity readings over a three day period to ascertain if fermentation was complete before racking. Clearing if it started up again in secondary, you racked too soon. OR you had a stuck fermenation. But since you said you racked after only 10 days, and sometimes yeast can take 3 days to even start fermentation sometimes, I'm betting it wasn't done yet when you racked.

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Old 01-19-2013, 12:20 AM   #3
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did you take 2 consequetive gravity readings over a three day period to ascertain if fermentation was complete before racking. Clearing if it started up again in secondary, you racked too soon. OR you had a stuck fermenation. But since you said you racked after only 10 days, and sometimes yeast can take 3 days to even start fermentation sometimes, I'm betting it wasn't done yet when you racked.

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Don't brew by timeline. Big mistake. Brew with gravity.

FWIW many of us don't secondary at all.
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FWIW many of us don't secondary at all.
Agreed....the best results I have aways had is 2-3 works in the fermenter, then keg/bottle. No secondary. 99.9% of the time it's done fermenting (some lagers being the exception). Just my two cents.
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I've read a number of times to forgo the secondary. When does that rule not apply? If you're doing a tripel or quad - would I want to just leave it in the primary for a month, and then bottle?

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It's not a rule, it is a preference. Fermentation conditions have an appreciable impact on the final product. You can successfully do primary only and make great beer. Or you can use a secondary and make great beer. What makes a great beer? That is up to your tastes! Either method is perfectly acceptable. That being said, there is a difference in the final taste. Secondaried beers tend to be a bit cleaner and crisper, while primary only beers tend to be a little fuller. Tend. The higher the ABV and the stronger the flavor of the ingredients, the less noticeable the difference.

It really is something you best decide for yourself - with as much experimentation as possible of course to figure out what you like. As that is a big point of homebrewing - to brew a beer that is exactly to YOUR tastes

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Whether you choose to use a secondary vessel or not the bottom line is the beer should not be moved anywhere until final gravity has been achieved and verified to be stable with no changes.

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It definitely wasn't done fermenting in the primary before you transferred it in the secondary.

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Curious what yeast strain you used... something highly flocculant? English?

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I just had this happen! I used muntons for a goose island nut brown clone I was brewing it was a very vigorous fermentation at first then almost non existent, I checked the gravity at day five and it looked like it was about done, I waited a couple extra days and transferred to secondary while I was sanitizing my keg, at this point it was like day 11 of the fermentation so I thought there was no way it couldn't be done.. Boy was I wrong, checked the fermenter this morning and it was going crazy!!! Weird.. Hope it isn't infected...

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