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Old 03-02-2012, 08:28 PM   #11
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So the consensus is that I am probably ok to just to rack my 5 gallons from the ale pale and into my secondary without adding any water?
YES.

Do not add water to the secondary, it will water down your beer and invalidate all your previous gravity readings.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:29 PM   #12
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Correct. Don't add water.

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Old 03-02-2012, 08:59 PM   #13
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Thanks guys!

And for the record, what is oxidation?

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:05 PM   #14
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And for the record, what is oxidation?
Meet the Wiki

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Oxidation
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In extreme cases oxidation makes your beer taste like wet cardboard, or at least that is what I'm told. I try to avoid tasting wet cardboard and I don't think I have ever oxidized my beer either.

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James.. no offense, but you could seriously stand to read a couple of books on homebrewing! Watch some homebrewing videos on youtube as well. Oxidation means you got oxygen in your beer after fermentation, and that is bad because it will make it taste bad... Adding water to a secondary is never done.

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:25 PM   #17
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Or obviously, you just get another bucket....fermenters are dirt cheap...Who says you can't have more than 1? I have 12.....

I had this same issue poised to me by a friend who had everything locked up and was thinking about moving stuff to bottline bucket, etc...

Like I told him :$17 gets you a new bucket and a lid; buy two while your at it!
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Thanks for the info, I have a book and it didn't give a clear description of the negative effects of oxidation and I've never seen it covered in a video. That's why I posed the question on the beginners forum. I'll check out that wiki, I've never seen that before.

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Some brewers who are concerned about headspace in their secondary fill up with sanitized marbles. Fortunately, I'm not one of those people. Sounds like a PITA to me.

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Ask away, james. Sometimes it takes a thick skin around here, but you're in a safe space. There are no dumb questions, just dumb responders.

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