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Old 01-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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I am on my second extract brewing attempt. The first one turned out well. I skipped the secondary fermentation however and just left it longer in the primary.

This second recipe calls for a secondary fermentation and the addition of some dry hops. I have a 6 Gallon Glass Carboy and a Pale Ale. Ideally it seems like i should primary in a 6 Gallon and the secondary in a 5 gallon carboy but that is not an option this time.

With what i have I am wondering which one you guys think i should primary in and which one I should secondary in?

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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What are u brewing depending on that I would skip the secondary and just leave it in the primary.

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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I'm brewing Northern Brewer's Dead Ringer IPA.

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Old 01-27-2013, 07:08 PM   #4
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Skip the secondary and dry hop it in the primary. Y risk oxidation I just brewed an IIPA and it will all be done in the primary until I go to keg it. I left it in primary for 3 weeks and then dry hopped for one more i keg it on Monday.

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Old 01-27-2013, 08:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm 20 minutes into the boil and will be adding it to the carboy and skipping the secondary.

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is there a general rule of thumb for when to go with a secondary? why and when would you use one?

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Old 02-15-2013, 04:26 AM   #7
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The beer has been fermenting for almost 3 weeks now. Starting Gravity was 1.064. Last week a added an ounce of dry hops. I was planning on bottling this weekend but the SG is currently 1.033. From the reviews of the beer people were getting much lower FG's, like 1.017. There was 5-6 days of really active fermentation and then things settled down a lot.

Any advice?

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Old 02-15-2013, 04:38 AM   #8
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On second thought after reading some other posts and realizing that the refractometer SG reading needs to be converted after fermentation, My 1.033 is actually 1.015.

Cam someone confirm I did this right?

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Old 02-15-2013, 05:20 AM   #9
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is there a general rule of thumb for when to go with a secondary? why and when would you use one?
My general rule is never! Waste of time with no benefit in my opinion...
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I only secondary if i want to harvest the yeast for another brew.

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