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Old 09-17-2009, 11:25 PM   #1
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Is it retarded for me to use a secondary carboy and then keg?

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Old 09-17-2009, 11:42 PM   #2
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If the recipe needs secondary, sure why not....

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Old 09-17-2009, 11:46 PM   #3
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Is it retarded for me to use a secondary carboy and then keg?
Yes.

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/why...ondary-136972/
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:59 PM   #4
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I'm gonna use a swamp cooler to ferment in, so in that instance...glass is the way to go?

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Despite what some folks might say, there's absolutely nothing wrong with doing a secondary if you want to. I almost always secondary my beers, whether kegging or bottling the batch. I've had better results that way.

Glass isn't necessary to use the swamp cooler method. I primary in plastic buckets and use them in the swamp cooler, then rack to a glass carboy for the secondary but I don't bother actively cooling at that point.

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Glass isn't necessary to use the swamp cooler method. I primary in plastic buckets and use them in the swamp cooler, then rack to a glass carboy for the secondary but I don't bother actively cooling at that point.
Really? Higher temperature doesn't affect the beer after primary fermentation?
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I secondary and keg too. I think I get less yeast in the keg that way. I usually leave it in the primary for 3 or so weeks then rack. After a week or so in the secondary, I will cold crash and then keg it.

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I always secondary before I keg also. I find an extra step to let stuff setting out gives me a good clear beer. Some may say a secondary is pointless but to me it gives one more chance to play with my beer making stuff and sneak a sample.

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Nope. I usually don't have my primary available long enough to fully clear sediment before kegging. Cold crashing in secondary before kegging is even better.

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It depends. Remember, brewing is a craft, and every craftsman has his or her own opinion about what's best. Personally, I've been going straight from the fermenter to the keg for a couple of years now, but I'm still not satisfied with the clarity until a beer has been sitting for a month or more. I may experiment with going back to bulk conditioning for lighter beers, to see if it helps them clear. I think I'm also going to start crash cooling and adding gelatin to see if that helps.

It's all a matter of preference. Brew as you like, and you'll always be happy.

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