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Old 04-21-2007, 04:03 AM   #1
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I just racked my first beer over to the secondary to help it clear some more. I didn't keep enough in the primary to take a reading on it though. I don't have a turkey baster or a thief to get some out for a reading, so I tried to leave enough in the primary to pour into the test jar. I was just short of enough to get a good reading. The Hydrometer bottomed out on the test jar, and the reading was just over 1.018 with that. I am not that worried about it though. The primary had not been bubbling for about two days now, so I am sure it is done. It sure did smell great when I took the lid off. Now to wait a couple more weeks to bottle. Man, I can't wait untill this is ready to drink!!!

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Old 04-21-2007, 04:06 AM   #2
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Don't worry about it. You can take a gravity reading when you bottle. It sounds like you did a good job.

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Old 04-21-2007, 04:22 AM   #3
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Ya, I figured that I could get a sample when I transfer to the bottling bucket. How important is it to wait the two weeks in secondary. I know it really isn't necessary to secondary, but I wanted it to be a little clearer than it is. Can I just wait until it looks a little clearer and bottle then? If I do this will I need to let it sit in the bottles longer to allow it to condition more? I am trying to stick to the 1-2-3 rule, but with this being my first brew, I want it to be done!! Any clue how much clearing I can expect? I didn't use and clearing agents at all. I forgot to by the Irish Moss when I bought my kit.

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Old 04-21-2007, 05:05 AM   #4
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It's worth it to wait... I was so eager I cracked into my first batch of green beer and wasn't until a few weeks had passed when I realized how much better it was becoming..

I loved it when my wife looked at in my glass and said, "I thought you said it was going to be green"

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Old 04-21-2007, 08:03 AM   #5
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What kinda beer is it? Some beers can go with less time in secondary then others.

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how did you rack it to the secondary? you should have been able to easily take a sample with a siphon?

other than that, go for 1-2-3 for your first batch and just open a few bottle early to see how it's going along

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How important is it to wait the two weeks in secondary. I know it really isn't necessary to secondary, but I wanted it to be a little clearer than it is.
The beer will clear more if you let it sit two weeks. It is worth it to me.
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Old 04-21-2007, 03:59 PM   #8
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I siphoned it, but I didn't want to take a chance on splashing the beer when I tried to take the sample. I probably could have but I figured I would just leave some in the primary and pour that into the jar. I underestimated what was left. No big deal though. Like it has been said, I will wait and take a sample before I rack to the bottling bucket. And the beer is a brewers best American Light kit. I think it is best for me to wait the two weeks. I will be too tempted to crack a bottle open earlier if I don't wait. Thanks for all the help!!

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before i got my sampler (little solid turkey-baster looking thing), i took a sample by first using the siphon without a tube and just holding the hydrometer jar by the spout. two pushes would fill it up and then i could reconnect the hose and siphon.

Pouring from the jar is not a good way to do it.

Good for your for waiting, i waste probably a bottle of each batch sampling and at least three more seeing how the bottles are coming along

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