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cory11 11-08-2011 05:28 PM

one fermenter
I just recieved an extract kit and its saying i need a second ferment bucket. Im under the understanding that i can use only one. (i dont have a second one yet) How long do i let it ferment since i am only using one? Btw, its the northern brewer dunkelweizen kit.

temptnmonkey 11-08-2011 05:34 PM

There are many thread topics related to whether or not it is worthwhile using a "secondary fermenter". Unless you're adding fruit or dry hops it is not overly important. Rule of thumb is just give it a good 3 weeks in the fermenter and 3 weeks in the bottle and it should be fine (unless you're dealing with bigger beers higher than 7%). Or just follow the NB instructions (just add on the secondary time to the primary time) and leave in the one fermenter.

crazyseany 11-08-2011 06:21 PM

I agree...My kits called for a secondary but I just left them in my primary for about 3 weeks then bottled. If you are in a hurry to do brew... You can check hydrometer readings for 2 days... If no change and its close to the expected FG then you can bottle..
Might not be as clear if you left it longer...

Or just get another primary! (I went from 1 to 4 pretty quickly)

solbes 11-08-2011 08:31 PM

You're good with just one for now. Give it 3 - 4 weeks in primary and then bottle. A dunkelweizend should be ready to bottle at 3 weeks if your fermentation was properly controlled.

wiescins 11-08-2011 08:43 PM

no need to rack to a secondary (unless you need the primary to brew again), just don't let it sit longer than 8wks in the primary.

Christianb17 11-08-2011 08:46 PM

Its not necessay but I like to use a secondary for flavoring, clarification, and dry hopping purposes. You will be fine but if you like homebrewing it might be time to upgrade

cory11 11-08-2011 09:17 PM

I will definatly be upgradeing in the future. This is my second brew and can already tell that im hooked. Thanks for the responces everybody! My plan is to have it ready as a christmas presant.

Malticulous 11-08-2011 09:55 PM

I will normally just go two weeks. To paraphrase Yooper, 'four is dumb.'

kh54s10 11-08-2011 10:04 PM


Originally Posted by Malticulous (Post 3468561)
I will normally just go two weeks. To paraphrase Yooper, 'four is dumb.'

I can't agree with this in all cases. I have had some beers that were still quite cloudy at 2 weeks and very clear at 3+. One had just barely stopped fermenting at 2 weeks.

Christianb17 11-08-2011 10:36 PM

I would also respectfully disagree with maticulous. Some beers need more than two-three weeks to ferment and clarify. Using a two-week rule or four-week rule would be a rash generalization and it would be best to avoid these and better just to adapt to the style at hand.

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