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Old 12-17-2007, 01:28 AM   #1
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I just fermented an English pale ale for 7 days. The last ale I made was a little bit yeasty. So, one day after the airlock stopped bubbling (today), I used a syphon and transferred the ale to a 2ndary. Will this help? How long should I keep it in the 2ndary? Should I forget about the 2ndary and just bottle it tomorrow? Thanks for any help!

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I've been following the 1-2-3 rule, and it's working for me.
1 week in primary
2 weeks in secondary (and that's 14 days, not just 2nd week)
3 weeks conditioning in the bottle.

Alternately you could have just left it in the primary until your ale cleared sufficiently and bottled from there.

YMMV

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I just fermented an English pale ale for 7 days. The last ale I made was a little bit yeasty. So, one day after the airlock stopped bubbling (today), I used a syphon and transferred the ale to a 2ndary. Will this help? How long should I keep it in the 2ndary? Should I forget about the 2ndary and just bottle it tomorrow? Thanks for any help!
Hey there and welcome. I grew up right outside of Albany. Leave it in the secondary for a few weeks. Next time don't use a secondary for an ale just leave it on the yeast cake.
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Funny thing. I saved about a cup and a half for a gravity reading (tomorrow), and tasted a little bit, and it was really good...it was a little carbonated on it's own. I have no doubts that with a little bit of priming sugar it will carbonate immediately and may not need to condition for more than a day or two (the yeast was really active, the lock started bubbling within 2 hours). I think I will bottle it next weekend...just because I want to give my brother and brother in-law a bottle Sunday.

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Hey there and welcome. I grew up right outside of Albany. Leave it in the secondary for a few weeks. Next time don't use a secondary for an ale just leave it on the yeast cake.
Where did you grow up? I've been here about 10 years now, I moved up from Binghamton after school. I racked to the 2ndary because I have heard that even with ales if you can get a better, clearer beer by getting rid of the cake after the bubbling slows to less than twice a minute. So I decided to give it a try. I wish I still had one of my previous ales to compare it to.
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I grew up east of Troy towards Bennington... on route 7

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I always secondary for at least a week.

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I grew up east of Troy towards Bennington... on route 7
Nice. Where are you now?
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I used to drive through Grafton on the way to my Dad's place in Berlin. He is Florida now, haven't been that way in a while.

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