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Old 05-13-2011, 10:07 PM   #1
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Default Need advice with secondary vs non secondary experiment

Brewed 10 gals of Belgian Wit. I decided to do an experiment and rack 5 gals into secondary and leave 5 gals in primary too see if there are any differences. After 2 weeks I racked 5 gals into carboy and left 5 gals alone. 2 weeks later the beer that was not racked still has a large krausen on top and is considerably more cloudy. Both beers attenuated well and taste good. I was wondering if anyone has had this happen to them. Should I just RDWHAHB ,rack the other beer, or Bottle next week?

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Old 05-13-2011, 10:19 PM   #2
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Just an observation, how did you get 5 gallons of beer out of the 2 inchs of space left at the top of that carboy?

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Old 05-13-2011, 10:23 PM   #3
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Did you check gravities be for racking over to seconday 1 may have been further along?

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Did you check gravities be for racking over to seconday 1 may have been further along?
That. Personally, I'd avoid the secondary and bottle them separately so that you can compare the finished product.
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Yeah, I'm not seeing a half empty carboy there.

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Old 05-13-2011, 10:27 PM   #6
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It's a Wit. Why are you even thinking about a secondary?

Not the right style for this type of experiment.

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Yeah, I'm not seeing a half empty carboy there.
oh good, its not just me.

But if he has a trick to turn 2 inches of beer in primary into 5 gallons in a secondary, I really want to know it, or his next trick is to produce several baskets of left over bread and fish...
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I'm guessing it was split into 2 5-gal carboys to begin with.

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Wit yeast is funny...the krausen lasts forever if you don't disturb it.

Wits should be cloudy like the unracked carboy. The racked carboy is 'too clear' now for the style.

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You split one of those? Ok David Copperfield what's going on here?

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