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Old 08-20-2010, 12:54 PM   #1
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I brewed a Belgian Dubbel last Saturday and the OG was 1.090. Airlock bubbles are about 1/90 seconds or so over the past couple of days now. Will it hurt to transfer to the secondary or should I wait another week?

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Old 08-20-2010, 12:57 PM   #2
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Have you taken any gravity readings?

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Old 08-20-2010, 01:00 PM   #3
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Your beginning gravity doesn't helped, nor does counting bubbles, a current reading is how you know how your beer is progressing. And when it is finished. Not bubbles. It could stop needed to release EXCESS co2 (which is the purpose of an airlock, not a gauge of fermentation) and have plenty of work left to do. Especially in a big beer like that. I wouldn't even contemplating racking it to secondary until it's been a month in the primary anyway.

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Old 08-20-2010, 01:21 PM   #4
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I haven't taken a hydrometer reading yet. Originally I was planning on not even checking it for two weeks.

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Revy has given you good advice here. Leave it for 3-4 weeks and then transfer to secondary or keg (what I would do).

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Old 08-20-2010, 03:49 PM   #6
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unless you plan on aging this for awhile (months), I'm not even sure I'd bother using a secondary on this. 3-4 weeks in the primary will probably be sufficient

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Old 08-20-2010, 05:02 PM   #7
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dcp27: you don't think I should throw in a secondary for a few weeks to help settlement and clarity? Just transfer to bottling bucket and bottle.

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3-4 weeks in the primary will accomplish that on its own. alot of people here don't use secondaries anymore unless they're aging for long periods or adding something like fruit or oak

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Old 08-20-2010, 07:11 PM   #9
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Thanks dcp27. Think I will wait a couple weeks and check the FG. If it looks good I will bottle.

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Yeah try it out for yourself. I was happy to learn about the primary-only trick that's so popular here on HBT.

I left my beer in primary for a month and it was just as clear as any other similar-style I have used a secondary with. Delicious, too.

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