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Old 06-06-2011, 03:40 PM   #231
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I have another question...

To this point I have always brewed from a recipe, however, I am becoming more intrigued to experiment.

Recipes usually give a time frame in which to keep in the primary, i.e. 7-10 days.

My question is: Is the specific gravity used to determine when to transfer to the secondary? Or how about this.... As a rule, when do you transfer to the secondary?
as a rule...I don't secondary. its not really needed. I do primary for 2 weeks at a minimum normally 3-4 weeks in primary
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Old 06-06-2011, 03:52 PM   #232
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How about from those of you who do rack to a secondary?

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Old 06-06-2011, 05:16 PM   #233
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First, forget about any schedule given in a recipe. The beer makes the schedule, not the recipe or the calendar. Second, most homebrewing experts (Palmer, Zainasheff, White Labs, Wyeast) no longer recommend using a secondary. Just leave the beer in p.
primary for 3-4 weeks. If you;re an AHA member, I can point you to some specific info from Palmer.

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Old 06-06-2011, 06:34 PM   #234
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I have another question...

To this point I have always brewed from a recipe, however, I am becoming more intrigued to experiment.

Recipes usually give a time frame in which to keep in the primary, i.e. 7-10 days.

My question is: Is the specific gravity used to determine when to transfer to the secondary? Or how about this.... As a rule, when do you transfer to the secondary?
To answer your question. yes, the SG is used to determine if it's okay to rack to secondary. When SG is nearly at your predicted FG, you can rack.

But as others have mentioned it's not needed. I recently did a double batch and racked half to secondary and kept half in the primary. Now that they are in the keg there is no difference between the two.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:03 PM   #235
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I like the idea of not racking to a secondary! Less hassle. More beer!! ...but what the heck am I going to do with these 5 gallon carboys now??

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I like the idea of not racking to a secondary! Less hassle. More beer!! ...but what the heck am I going to do with these 5 gallon carboys now??
brew lots of 3 gallon batches!!!
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hmmm... never thought of that before. in fact, for the length of time it takes to brew (and the fact that brewing is not that high on my wife's list of priorities for me), i was considering going bigger, not smaller.

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brew a 12 gallon batch, split into 4 carboys.. you could even do yeast experiments. or sell the 5 gallon carboys and use the money to buy grain and hops..

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youre a thinker! do you have a homebrew in hand right now??

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Old 06-06-2011, 07:29 PM   #240
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youre a thinker! do you have a homebrew in hand right now??
well.... since I work from home.. my keggerator is within 15 paces
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