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Old 04-05-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Default How Does a Late Transfer to Secondary Vessel Effect Fermentation

I have a batch of Amber Ale which we have recently brewed. It has been fermenting in a fermentation bucket now for 4 weeks. I just checked the instructions and it was supposed to be transferred to a secondary vessel after 1-2 weeks, and then fermented in that from 2-4 weeks. If I am to transfer this batch tonight, how long do I now keep this batch to ferment in the secondary?

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Old 04-05-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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No need to transfer to secondary at this point. Most likely the beer has finished fermenting and can be bottled.

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Old 04-05-2013, 12:48 PM   #3
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Secondary isn't necessary. After 4 weeks I'd say it's ready.

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To answer the question in your title, not very much. As mentioned, you have likely fermented all you can at this point. I guess you are not using a hydrometer or refractomoter, so if you are just brewing a standard strength beer, you are probably at the point of bottling.

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If you don't have a hydrometer,get one. It's the best way to know when the beer is at FG. Short of waiting a month or more to make sure. But at this point see if it's clearing nicely. If so,then I agree it's likely ready to bottle.

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Yes, you beer is likely ready for bottling at this point. Concerning the secondary, many people will ferment only in a primary, never using a secondary unless you have particular reason ( dry hopping, etc). So no worries there! Just try to rack it off to bottle in way that least disturbs the sediment at the bottom.

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Fermentation is likely long done at this point.

Secondaries are not at all necessary, unless you are doing fruit, oak, etc additions.

I do secondary all of my beers, but I do so to free up my primary, and to give myself a safety net against getting trub in my bottling bucket.

You're not going to change the beer either way.

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Default Similar question for me (Not to steal this thread)

I've been busy traveling, etc. and I plan to move the batch after a month in the first fermenter to a secondary so I can dry hop it. (I'm doing Dennys Rye IPA from an extract kit)

It's still sitting at ALE temps but I knwo the fermentation has stopped.

The time lag shouldn't mess things up too much should it?

You opinions are welcome.

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You should be fine. Also no reason to use secondary really. I've been dry hopping in the primary with good results and a cold crash before bottling.

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You should be fine. Also no reason to use secondary really. I've been dry hopping in the primary with good results and a cold crash before bottling.
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