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Old 12-13-2006, 01:45 PM   #1
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If I still have like 3 bubbles or so a minute in primary, if I now rack to secondary?? I'm not bottling yet, so I wont have any bottle bombs. I mean, its still going to sit for another 2 weeks, so can I do it now?? and the F.G. has been about the same for a few days but still getting some bubbling.. thanks.

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Old 12-13-2006, 01:49 PM   #2
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There's a small risk that you might get a stuck fermenation by moving off the yeast cake, so unless you really need the primary right away, I'd leave it. There's no benefit to be gained by racking now.

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I'd personally wait until about 1 bubble per minute before I'd rack. When you rack, your going to get some more bubbling activity anyway when the remaining yeast gets stirred around.

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Old 12-13-2006, 02:34 PM   #4
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Keep in mind that the purpose of the secondary is to allow the last of the suspended sediment and yeast to fall out of solution to clear your beer. I like to have most of the fermentation activity completed so that i rack a minimal amount of sediment into the secondary. That being said, there's really no good reason to rush it, and all good reasons to wait.

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Old 12-13-2006, 03:05 PM   #5
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thanks for all your feedback!! I'll just wait then. It's been a long fermentation, today is day 12.

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Old 12-13-2006, 03:24 PM   #6
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Wait until you do your first barley wine. Mine fermented over two months and even after kegging, it carbonated without any priming sugar.
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Old 12-13-2006, 03:40 PM   #7
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I generally transferred after primary fermentation, when the yeast head started to break up and settle. I would say that you are done with primary fermentation if you are only getting 3 burps a minute. I personally like to get it off the primary sediment soon then later. This is more of a concern about break material and other trub, then yeast. But different folks do different things! Don't worry, relax, so on and so forth.

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