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Old 08-26-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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Is it advisable to keep your secondary in a controlled temp just as you do with a primary? I'm working in a single carboy chamber, so if I can skip it for the secondary, I can brew again sooner!

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Old 08-26-2012, 06:37 PM   #2
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Once fermentation is complete (usually after the first week), temperature control is less of a concern. I routinely keep my primaries in my fermentation chamber for one week, then move into the basement 'man room'. As long as you don't get crazy. Something in the 90s or 50s would be bad.

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Old 08-26-2012, 07:27 PM   #3
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That's just what I wanted to hear, thanks bro!

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Is it unusual for the secondary not to ferment at all?? Its been since Tuesday and there is no airlock movement or krausen forming..thanks!

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Is it unusual for the secondary not to ferment at all?? Its been since Tuesday and there is no airlock movement or krausen forming..thanks!
secondarys or "bright tanks" are for when PRIMARY ferm is done. you should see little to no fermentation but clearer beer in your secondarys
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The term "secondary fermentation" is kind of misleading. Fermentation should be complete before you transfer to the secondary vessel. It is used mostly to help clear the beer by allowing 'gunk' to settle out. Very rarely is the second vessel used to continue fermentation. So, in answer to your question.....if you did it right there shouldn't be a whole lot of movement in the airlock and no krausen at all. An occasional bubble from the beer off-gassing is all you should really see.

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Old 08-31-2012, 01:48 AM   #7
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Sweet, that's very reassuring then. Thanks again guys!

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