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Old 06-17-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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I dont have/use a secondary fermenter and want to know if it is OK to add flavors (i.e. chocolate, vanilla extract, fruit etc. to the primary after 14 days??

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Old 06-17-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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Yes, but with the exception of fruit, you'd be better off adding things to the bottling bucket. Otherwise, you'll have trouble mixing them without stirring up the trub.

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Don't you allow it to continue in the primary for an additional 7 days.- Wouldnt that be enough time for the trub to resettle??

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That would work.

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Thanks for your help!

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Old 07-02-2009, 03:31 PM   #6
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So If I want to make a strawberry pale I could add the berries to the primary after 2 weeks? Sort of like dry hopping without secondary?

Any draw backs?

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lol... ethyl alcohol. Great user name!

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should be fine with a fruit adition in the primary for a couple days before botling. My kit came with a carboy, and it does make fruit additions nice. I can see them turn white and sink

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Any draw backs?
Since you asked:

Trub and autolysing yeast can import flavors you probably don't want into your beer, and stirring them up increases that chance. Which is why you're better off racking to a secondary. Make sure to grab a bit of the top of the yeast cake to ferment the sugar from the strawberries.

That being said, your plan of action will most likely work out fine.
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When I want to do a fruit beer, I will primary until the airlock slows way down and then get two kinds of fruit purees, (dependant on the mood), say apricot and raspberry. I will reduce each amount of puree by half and secondary in two three gal carboys. I generally get tired of the same fruit beer a case and a half in so splitting the batch really works for me. If I'm out of stock on one kind of fruit then I can obviously just enjoy the base beer. I then sterilize heavy duty freezer bags and save the remaining.

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