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Old 03-22-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default When Should I transfer to secondary for High Gravity brew?

I'm doing a extract clone of westvleteren 12, and the instructions for the kit say to transfer after one week and leave it in the secondary until it reaches the projected FG (6weeks-1.022). My OG was 1.110, and I just pulled a sample and it was 1.050 after 9 days. They say that the projected FG is 1.022. I made a starter using two smack packs, also the instructions say to pitch another smack pack 3 days prior to bottling.

So when should I transfer? Should I wait it out until it gets close to the FG? Or seeing that I have to pitch another smack pack prior to bottling, should I just go ahead and transfer in a couple of days?

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Old 03-22-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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If you transfer before you hit your target gravity, odds are good you'll stall your ferment and never hit it.

I'd use something like T-58 at bottling instead of wasting another smack pack. Seems like a waste of money, and T-58 is great for bottle conditioning.

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I gave the carboy a swirl, and there seems to be more activity going on

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I'm doing a extract clone of westvleteren 12, and the instructions for the kit say to transfer after one week and leave it in the secondary until it reaches the projected FG (6weeks-1.022). My OG was 1.110, and I just pulled a sample and it was 1.050 after 9 days. They say that the projected FG is 1.022. I made a starter using two smack packs, also the instructions say to pitch another smack pack 3 days prior to bottling.

So when should I transfer? Should I wait it out until it gets close to the FG? Or seeing that I have to pitch another smack pack prior to bottling, should I just go ahead and transfer in a couple of days?

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On a beer that big, I'd go three weeks minimum with 4 being better still in the primary. If it were my beer, I'd never secondary it, as I don't see the need.
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I agree no secondary.

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I let a 1.102 gravity Russian Imperial Stout sit in the primary (nasty primary too, exploded violently during fermentation) for 8 weeks. I kegged it the other weekend. Tasted great, though still a little bit hot and rough around the edges. It will age for another 3 or 4 months before the next sample is taken.

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Can a beer that big go 10-12 weeks in a primary with no secondary?

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