Originally Posted by mgortel
Too soon....patience young Jedi!
What is the FG for the recipe supposed to be?
I leave most of my beer in primary
fermenter 3 weeks minimum (as do a lot of guys/gals on here).......I do not secondary very often......let the yeast do their thing......1.030 definately not finished yet. Let it go 3 weeks then check it again. (There is no harm in this...lets the yeast clean up the beer real nice)
If you really want to secondary it then maybe check it after 2 weeks....but it really is NOT necessary to secondary. The more you keep opening it to take samples...and transferring to secondary, etc...the more you risk infection.
Be patient and give it 2 more weeks then check it....it will probably be finished...then you can rack and bottle......
Now...you will want to let it go at least 3 weeks in bottle for carbonation / conditioning at 70-72 degrees F.
If you have any questions on bottling, etc...actually....just make sure to post when you are close to bottling so we can walk you through that.....or with any other questions in meantime.
BTW>...not a pain ....you should have seen me on here when I first started....talk about a pain....actually still a pain I think....
Um, this is the MEAD forum. "Secondary" absolutely is crucial. There isn't any "three weeks for bottle carbonation" either. There isn't "yeast clean up" to consider, either.
If it's slow at 1.030, think about adding some nutrients. It's really important, especially if you haven't been doing it all along.
You can dissolve some nutrients in some water, and stir it in. That will help. Degas when you stir, to get rid of some of the co2 that may be slowing the fermentation. You probably don't want to rack to a carboy quite yet, but you may have to if it doesn't get started again in a day or two.