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Old 12-29-2013, 01:07 AM   #21
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So despite my better judgment we racked to a secondary today. We were still in very active fermentation but brother said we had to do it due to time constraints on his part. Tried the wort/ partially fermented beer and took another gravity reading. Everything seems to be tracking along.

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Old 12-29-2013, 01:52 AM   #22
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So despite my better judgment we racked to a secondary today. We were still in very active fermentation but brother said we had to do it due to time constraints on his part. Tried the wort/ partially fermented beer and took another gravity reading. Everything seems to be tracking along.

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I'm curious as to what kind of time constraints he was talking about. The yeast will be done when they are done. You can't rush it. Just about the only thing you can rush in the process of end of brew day to glass is carbonating and only if you force carb in a keg.


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Old 12-30-2013, 10:19 PM   #23
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I'm curious as to what kind of time constraints he was talking about. The yeast will be done when they are done. You can't rush it. Just about the only thing you can rush in the process of end of brew day to glass is carbonating and only if you force carb in a keg.
He has two kids and between sports etc he didn't think he would have time during the week.....so I racked it for him. Otherwise I would have preferred to let it go another couple days to a week. This being his first brew in almost 20 years i think he is just excited to have his first one done to try. In the many brews to come I think he'll get to appreciate that waiting turns out a more balanced product and that in brewing, "only fools rush in". That being said I am equally excited to see how this batch turns out. Gravity when racked to secondary was about 1.012 if memory serves so we are tracking to get a high 5 to low 6 abv.

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That's fine. I'm not a believer of a secondary except in certain conditions. Racking early means more yeast in secondary, more yeast means more ability to clean up the beer some more as if being in a primary. Now if you can leave it in secondary for a couple weeks it should be magical.
I am currently drinking an IPA that I kegged after 1 week in primary just as an expirament to see for myself if all the hoopla about patience is warrented, and indeed it is, while I am drinking beer its still not clear and the flavours are not nearly as clean and refined as a 3 weeker.

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That's fine. I'm not a believer of a secondary except in certain conditions. Racking early means more yeast in secondary, more yeast means more ability to clean up the beer some more as if being in a primary. Now if you can leave it in secondary for a couple weeks it should be magical.
I am currently drinking an IPA that I kegged after 1 week in primary just as an expirament to see for myself if all the hoopla about patience is warrented, and indeed it is, while I am drinking beer its still not clear and the flavours are not nearly as clean and refined as a 3 weeker.
I'm pretty sure patience is key when brewing, fermenting, and kegging. I've only brewed about 5 times but I think that it is really important to take your time with temps, mash rests, and especially fermentation....which is why the early transfer got my OCD all wacky.

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