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Old 03-05-2014, 11:43 AM   #11
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So, when I do my next one, a porter, should I let it finish in primary (to a stable FG) before racking to secondary?
Yes. Don't rack it to secondary at all.

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how do I deal with head space in the carboy?
Keep the airlock filled to the proper level. The headspace of the carboy will already be almost entirely devoid of oxygen as it will have been forced out and replaced with CO2 during fermentation. Don't worry about the headspace in primary as long as you keep the fermenter well-sealed.
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So, Kombat, are you suggesting I ferment the whole run in a carboy? I'm not opposed to that, I've just never done primary in a carboy before.

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Yes, that's exactly what I'm suggesting. There are lots of threads on here debating the merits of racking to secondary, but the current generally-accepted consensus is that it is unnecessary unless you're adding something post-fermentation (like fruit or dry hops). It exposes the beer to risk of oxidation or infection, with no real benefit other than freeing up the primary fermenter for another batch.

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