Originally Posted by andy6026
He's made 89 posts here and still thinks it's standard to rack to secondary?
I've seen lots of posts here about skipping the carboy for secondary., but:
- I took a class at the LHBS and they said to use one.
- The first kit I bought (Brewer's Best) said to use one.
- My good friend has been brewing for a decade or so and he uses one.
- I started with a fermentation bucket and a carboy, so I could brew more often if I used both vessels.
- oxygen seepage through the bucket during the first couple days isn't a big deal. After that, I don't know if oxygen permeation of the bucket is an issue. Some articles say it is.
Racking is not much extra work and I like being able to see the beer by just unwrapping the towel I keep around the carboy. (The primary ferment is pretty ugly, so I don't tend to look at it much.
I now have a couple bottling buckets I could use as a fermenter so the carboy is optional, but I still use it.
Nobody has really answered my initial question. Is conditioning in a bucket/carboy the exact same conditioning that happens in the bottle?
Thus if I want to condition a specific recipe 10 weeks because I've found it tastes best at that point:
Can I condition partially in primary, partially (or none) in secondary, and partially in the bottle. All that matters is it adds up to 10 weeks of conditioning?
And of course I need the beer in the bottle long enough to carb.
I do get the point of not racking the beer off the yeast cake until FG is achieved, but I assume that is before conditioning starts so my 10 weeks would start when the FG has been stable for 3 days.