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Old 07-27-2014, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default How long do you ferment,

when the recipe does not specify how long for primary and/or secondary? example below...


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Let the beer tell you how long to ferment. When the krausen falls and the beer starts to clear you know it's just about finished, so if kegging, give it a couple more days after that and take a gravity reading. If it's at FG, you can keg it. If you are going to transfer to secondary, don't bother waiting the two days, take a gravity reading and if its at or within a couple of points of FG, transfer to secondary. If bottling right from primary, maybe give it another week after it begins to clear, rather than just a couple of days, to make sure that it is really done.

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For bottling, when you think it's time, take gravity readings 2 - 3 days apart. Don't bottle unless gravity is stable. The two gravity readings are more for safety than for beer quality. Bottle bombs can be dangerous.

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It ferments until it's done, by definition. When it's done, then it gets kegged. I've never found seen a reason to "secondary," which is a method in search of a rationale.

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