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Old 08-04-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
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I racked from the primary into a corny as a secondary after a little over a week in the primary and no noticeable signs of fermentation left. Then I purged with CO2 and then released all the pressure.

I know that there will still be some fermentation going on and whenever I pass by I release any pressure that is in there (never much). So is there a problem with using this setup for my secondary? I am dry hopping too and after a week, I plan on just opening the keg and removing the dry-hop bag and leaving the beer in the same keg for another 2 weeks or so. Then racking to another keg and force carbonating.

Other than possibly starting to carbonate, I don't see an issue but have never done this before.

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I leave my beer in the fermenter at least two to three weeks. I have racked every gallon of beer I've ever made straight into a corny and let it secondary there with no problem. Pump it with co2, and purge to remove oxygen. I never release any gas. I add my priming sugar when I move it into the corny as well. Let it age and when I finally need it, into the kegerator and it's ready to go once cold.

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I'm doing the same thing for an IPA right now, It went three weeks in primary, now it'll sit for 1-week dry-hopping before i take out the hop bag.

I'm deciding whether or not to cold crash and then transfer to another keg for carbing, or just cold-crash and hope that the small hop particles won't have a negative effect.

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Other than possibly starting to carbonate, I don't see an issue but have never done this before.
1. There is no reason to leave the average beer three weeks in primary. IMHO, you may do more harm than good.

2. Assuming this is an ale, let it start to carbonate. RDWHAHB.


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I don't have a problem per se with it carbonating, but I do want to transfer it once more to another keg to get rid of more of the trub. It is kind of hard if it has already carbed! I think I will get one of those corny fermentation locks that I have seen. Seems it would solve all the problems!

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It is kind of hard if it has already carbed!
Well, it shouldn't be an issue at all. I do this all the time, no problems.
What is your SOP to transfer from one keg to the next?
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1. There is no reason to leave the average beer three weeks in primary. IMHO, you may do more harm than good.

What harm might you do to a beer with a 3 week primary?

I'm generally leaving my beers in primary for 4 weeks anymore. No "harm" noticed, other than crisp & clear beer.
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Well, it shouldn't be an issue at all. I do this all the time, no problems.
What is your SOP to transfer from one keg to the next?
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I rack lagers into cornies at 10 days or so and then let them finish fermenting while they naturally carbonate. Depending on the gravity I usually have about 4 points left to ferment when I rack them. The Oktoberfest I just racked a few days ago was @ 1.017 and my FFT finished @ 1.013...it's sitting at about 9 psig @ 47-ish degrees F but it will continue to climb.

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I don't have a problem per se with it carbonating, but I do want to transfer it once more to another keg to get rid of more of the trub. It is kind of hard if it has already carbed! I think I will get one of those corny fermentation locks that I have seen. Seems it would solve all the problems!
Not a problem at all! And this will be an oxygen-free, closed transfer. Just make a jumper assembly with a few feet of tubing and two liquid disconnects (QDs). Sanitize your destination keg, seal it, and purge it with CO2 a few times. Then pressurize both kegs (the full, supply keg and the sanitized, destination keg) to the same pressure (not too high, serving pressure always works for me). Connect each QD to the liquid (out) post on each keg. Because the pressure is equal in both kegs, no beer (or VERY little) should flow. Now slowly vent the destination keg using the relief valve in the lid...beer will slowly flow into the destination keg through the long dip tube so you'll get very little foam.

This is my SOP for lagers.
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I rack lagers into cornies at 10 days or so and then let them finish fermenting while they naturally carbonate. Depending on the gravity I usually have about 4 points left to ferment when I rack them. The Oktoberfest I just racked a few days ago was @ 1.017 and my FFT finished @ 1.013...it's sitting at about 9 psig @ 47-ish degrees F but it will continue to climb.


Not a problem at all! And this will be an oxygen-free, closed transfer. Just make a jumper assembly with a few feet of tubing and two liquid disconnects (QDs). Sanitize your destination keg, seal it, and purge it with CO2 a few times. Then pressurize both kegs (the full, supply keg and the sanitized, destination keg) to the same pressure (not too high, serving pressure always works for me). Connect each QD to the liquid (out) post on each keg. Because the pressure is equal in both kegs, no beer (or VERY little) should flow. Now slowly vent the destination keg using the relief valve in the lid...beer will slowly flow into the destination keg through the long dip tube so you'll get very little foam.

This is my SOP for lagers.
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The only thing I would add is that if you are too lazy to pull a relief valve, then attach a ball balve to a grey QD, which you will put on the receiving keg's gas post, and open the valve a fraction... the key to the transfer, as mentioned, is to do it slowly. NO PROBLEMS!

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