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Old 11-27-2013, 06:55 PM   #11
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@jayhem - I will try my hardest to keep it for 4 weeks in primary but damn that's a long time when the craving to sample grows stronger and stronger 😊 note taken!
I understand! The hardest technique to master as a new brewer is patience.

That's why it's helpful to always have a new batch going so you always have several beers ready to drink and can forget about your primary until your calendar says it's time to check it.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:39 PM   #12
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@tipsydragon - I was planning on simply transferring the liquid from primary to secondary without using a hose, just opening up an letting it pour in, but as you have pointed this out I will either get a hose or just head straight for an auto siphon, if I use just the hose, why would this be any different to just opening the tap and letting it pour (am just curious being the amateur that I am)?
What it sounds like your describing is opening the tap and let the beer fall a few feet into your bottling bucket. This will heavily oxidize your beer giving it an unpleasant wet cardboard flavor.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:47 PM   #13
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You really don't need a secondary for an english pale. As for your racking method, its vital that you don't splash the fermented beer as this will oxidize it. For this reason, using a siphon (auto siphon or just the old school method) is very important, or if you're going to use the tap, attach a hose to it so that it flows into whatever you're transferring it into without splashing. I agree with 3-4 week primary, I wouldn't even consider taking gravity readings before about 2 weeks into fermentation. Give it time and it will clear up plenty, although some haze is normal (especially before you've really nailed down all the processes such as cold crashing).

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Old 11-28-2013, 09:18 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the advice guys, it's been much appreciated and very insightful. I will let you know how my brew turned out!

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Old 11-28-2013, 09:46 AM   #15
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My biggest eye opener came with the first brew I did in a glass demijohn. Seeing the activity through the fermentaion was amazing, watching the yeast develope do its stuff and then fall clear, a really good exercise. I would recomend that every new brewer does it, well worth taking the trouble, it also got the family and friends on board with the hobby.
I dont bother with a sample for at least two weeks.

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