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Old 06-21-2009, 02:02 PM   #61
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I just racked an IPA that had seemed to be stalled on fermentation in the primary to a secondary and it is going crazy. I probably could have stirred it but I would say that this is just if not more effective and should provide a little clarity too.

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Old 06-24-2009, 02:13 AM   #62
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I'm surprised no one else has noticed this:

When bottling the beer...

If I don't use a secondary, I notice there is a big difference in flavor from the 1st bottle to the last bottle. Usually the last bottles are hoppier than the first bottles.

Using a secondary gives me consistant flavor across all my bottles.

Anyone else notice this?

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Old 06-24-2009, 01:03 PM   #63
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The Dude abides! Brewbowski

All that fuss is not needed.
Using a single stage fermenter. I brew for 5 or maybe 6 days, then it gets bottled. End up with 66 excellent bottles of clear, well carbonated, premium beer that I will start drinking two weeks later - yes it improves maybe 1 percent with more conditioning time. But even at a week old it's better than anything at the beer store!

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Old 06-24-2009, 01:16 PM   #64
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I only use a secondary if I'm dry hopping.

Here's an APA I brewed with no secondary, just a couple weeks in primary and then bottled. Clear as a bell:

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Old 06-25-2009, 07:12 PM   #65
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That's what I'm talkin bout Rick! Must learn how to add pic properly. The beer below is exactly 20 days old .... 6 fermentation days and 2 weeks in the bottle. It's already very good.

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Old 07-26-2009, 07:44 PM   #66
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Newcomer here. I have done 3 beers so far. 2 stouts and 1 Bavarian Wheat. The two stouts we just ok and the wheat was in the fermenter for 2 weeks until the FG was the same for 3 days. I then transferred it to a 2nd bucket using an auto-syphon from which I bottled immediately. Should I have placed either the fermenter or the bottling bucket into the refridgerator to chill the beer and help it clear before I bottled?

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Old 07-26-2009, 08:19 PM   #67
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Sithdad it will clear out in the bottles anyways, so why waste extra time and energy?

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Old 07-26-2009, 11:31 PM   #68
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Thanks, that's what I needed to know. I just opened my wheat beer after 1 week in the bottle. There is some haze but it's not too bad. I think it tastes pretty good and has a nice head to it.

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