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Old 09-16-2012, 01:47 AM   #1
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Hi,

I've just finished my first AG batch. I've normally not done a secondary fermentation when doing partial grain/extract brews.
I'd typically primary for two weeks then rack off, prime and bottle.

Given this has been my first AG and I've dry hopped for a week after the first week of fermentation, is it ok to bottle as I usually do, or should I invest in a glass carboy secondary for future batches.
What are the benefits/ disadvantages?

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Old 09-16-2012, 01:49 AM   #2
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All-grain or extract makes little difference in secondary versus no secondary. Many people don't secondary unless adding things like dry hops or fruit or aging for very long times (i.e. months). Either way will be fine. It's really a personal preference.

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Old 09-16-2012, 02:25 AM   #3
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I own a 5 gallon glass carboy that I have never once used. If I do a fruit beer I will use it as a secondary, but even for dry hopping I use primary only and my beer tastes just fine and clears up very well with whirlfloc.

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I've done both ways. They both work fine. The advantage I see with a secondary is that the beer clears better and faster. You just need to make sure that the yeast are done doing cleanup to avoid diacetyl.

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Thanks folks,
I've used Whirlfloc in the boil.
The wort was cooled with both copper wort chiller and an ice bath.
The siphoned beer still looked a bit cloudy when bottling, but I take it that this will clear a bit more while conditioning?

Would the secondary be better in clearing the beer as you land up with less yeast in the bottles?

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Thanks folks,
I've used Whirlfloc in the boil.
The wort was cooled with both copper wort chiller and an ice bath.
The siphoned beer still looked a bit cloudy when bottling, but I take it that this will clear a bit more while conditioning?

Would the secondary be better in clearing the beer as you land up with less yeast in the bottles?
More time would be better in clearing the beer and you get very little yeast in the bottles with sufficient time.
The beer I left in the fermenter for 9 weeks has so little yeast in the bottle it is hard to even see it.
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I rarely secondary my beers unless I plan on very long conditioning times (a couple of months for an Imperial Stout). All of my ales I leave in the primary for 3-4 weeks. Often I will cold crash these for 24-48 hours prior to bottling or kegging. This has given me very clear beer.

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