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Old 03-22-2013, 05:18 AM   #1
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Ok, the title says it all. I've made a scotch ale and its been in the primary vessel for about 4 weeks. This is the first time I've left a beer in the primary vessel for the entire fermentation.

At this point, it should be ready to put into the keg, right? I feel a strong need to put it into a secondary vessel so that i can clarify it some. I feel like if i put it right into the keg it will be cloudy and won't clarify in the keg, even as time passes.

Should i just take the plunge and keg it? Is there a risk of it being cloudy?

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Old 03-22-2013, 05:22 AM   #2
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Have you looked at it? I bet the hydro sample must be pretty clear by now. If your gravity is stable, cold crash and rack to keg. No worries IMO.

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I've found that every batch that I put in a secondary for 2 weeks is very clear!

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Secondaries do not have magical clarifying powers. It will clear as much, or more, if you leave it in the primary for two weeks. It will clear as much in a keg as it will in a secondary, especially if you put it in your fridge, kegerator, or keezer. Maybe cold-crash before kegging or try gelatin. Or secondary if you want, it's your beer.

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Secondaries do not have magical clarifying powers. It will clear as much, or more, if you leave it in the primary for two weeks. It will clear as much in a keg as it will in a secondary, especially if you put it in your fridge, kegerator, or keezer. Maybe cold-crash before kegging or try gelatin. Or secondary if you want, it's your beer.
I second this.
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I took a sample about 3 weeks ago and it was decently clear and i believe it had stoped the active fermentation at that time.

I can take another sample tomorrow to see how it is doing before i keg it.

I think the reason I'm nervous is because i made an ESB last year and after a week i moved it to the keg thinking i could use it as a secondary. After ten days i suck it into the fridge. It never cleared up. But that is way different because the yeast didn't have time to finish up, right?

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I can see secondary vessels don't have clarifying powers. Just hard to break a habit, you know? :-)

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I still always secondary for a week, but only because I'm a sloppy siphoner. I can't seem to rack from a primary without sucking up some of the yeast cake and the secondary gives that a chance to settle back out. If you're not a Brew McShakeyhands like me, then just go right to the keg.

Besides, if you throw it in the keg, by the time it carbs it'll have settled out in the keg as if it were a secondary. The first pull of the keg will bring out that sediment and you'll have clear sailing (drinking) after that!

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I still always secondary for a week, but only because I'm a sloppy siphoner. I can't seem to rack from a primary without sucking up some of the yeast cake and the secondary gives that a chance to settle back out. If you're not a Brew McShakeyhands like me, then just go right to the keg.

Besides, if you throw it in the keg, by the time it carbs it'll have settled out in the keg as if it were a secondary. The first pull of the keg will bring out that sediment and you'll have clear sailing (drinking) after that!
I'll second this. I never get a clean siphon. Plus the extra practice of sanitation can be nice. I'm a biochem major by training so I'm a bit anal about keping my equipment clean.
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Although.... This falls squarely under my first rule of homebrewing... "It's your beer so you get to do whatever the hell you want with it"... So do what feels right to you.

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