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Old 03-16-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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So I am on my second batch of homebrew. I transfered this to a secondary yesterday and last night I was reading about not putting it into a secondary because risk of oxidation. So now I am like the typical first time brewer and wondering, "Did I just ruin my brew" I think I am over thinking this but I just want to ask to relive my concerns. The concern I have is the dark on top and the light on bottom. Is this normal? Should I not have put it in the secondary fermenter? Also as you can see in the picture there is a small amount of light that gets in through the curtains in the room. Is this enough to skunk my beer?

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Old 03-16-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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That is just yeast and other particles that are in suspension, in a day or two they will settle out you will end up with a white layer of yeast on the bottom and the beer will be uniform in color. No worries! As long as you siphoned the beer and didn't pour it through a funnel or something you did not oxidize it.

I always wrap a dark colored towel or blanket around my glass carboys to keep light out.

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Old 03-16-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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The color gradation is due to yeast settling. The dark at the top is clear beer, and the farther down you go, the more yeast there is causing it to look cloudy. Give it time and it will clear.

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Old 03-16-2012, 03:57 PM   #4
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Thank you so much for your fast response. That is exactly what I was wanting to hear. You all rock.

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Old 03-16-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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And if you are worried about the light, just put a towel or shirt around the carboy.

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Old 03-16-2012, 06:41 PM   #6
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thats alot of headspace, how long do you plan on leaving it in the secondary?

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Old 03-17-2012, 01:09 AM   #7
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It was in the primary for a week and I was thinking of a week in the secondary. Then off to the bottles. Does that sound right?

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a week should be fine, just making sure it wasn't long term. just for future reference, a week is kinda a waste of effort for a secondary, you might as well jsut leave it in the primary.

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Old 03-17-2012, 02:54 AM   #9
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A week in primary seems a tad short. One of my current brews has been in primary almost 5 weeks. Let it sit a little longer next time.

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Old 03-17-2012, 05:50 AM   #10
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A week in primary seems a tad short. One of my current brews has been in primary almost 5 weeks. Let it sit a little longer next time.
5 weeks seems like overkill to me. 2 weeks primary, 1-2 weeks secondary and then bottle conditioning or kegging is what I do.
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