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bluefoxicy 09-10-2008 12:16 AM

Primary fermentation done
 
Primary is done I think. Haven't hygrometer'd it. It stopped bubbling and started sucking bubbles inward instead. There's like 2 inches of whatever this junk at the bottom is called. Turb or turd or something.

I guess the next step is to get the secondary vessel, turn this glass carboy into a pretend conical by tipping it up on its corner for a little while, and rack into the secondary for a couple weeks.

What do I do with the crud? Can I dump that down the toilet or should I strain it and chuck it in the trash, or should I soak it in oxiclean to liquify it or what?

golfguy819 09-10-2008 12:52 AM

i just spray hot water into my primary and down the drain it goes.

TheJadedDog 09-10-2008 03:14 AM

1) Bubbling is not an indication of fermentation; take hydrometer readings on consecutive days, if the reading remains unchanged, fermentation is done.

2) Not sure why you would tip the fermenter. Just get an autosiphon to rack the beer to the secondary.

3) Just use warm water to rinse the trub out of the fermenter and pour down the drain, it will not hurt anything. Then clean the carboy with oxyclean to get off any stuck crud.

scinerd3000 09-10-2008 06:19 AM

+1 on hydrometer readings...every once in a while it will surprise me and not be totally done. As for the trub in the bottom- a little warm water and oxyclean will go a long way... you really really need to get a hydrometer because in the end theres no other way to tell if its done

BuffaloSabresBrewer 09-10-2008 06:35 AM

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Originally Posted by bluefoxicy (Post 842548)
Primary is done I think. Haven't hygrometer'd it. It stopped bubbling and started sucking bubbles inward instead. There's like 2 inches of whatever this junk at the bottom is called. Turb or turd or something.

I guess the next step is to get the secondary vessel, turn this glass carboy into a pretend conical by tipping it up on its corner for a little while, and rack into the secondary for a couple weeks.

What do I do with the crud? Can I dump that down the toilet or should I strain it and chuck it in the trash, or should I soak it in oxiclean to liquify it or what?

It seems like youve done a little reading so this seems like a funny question to me. So your question is what to do with the garbage? Pour it down the drain.

FishinDave07 09-10-2008 01:23 PM

+3 If you let your beer sit in the primary for 2-3 weeks, you will be surprised at how much better it will taste, instead of immediately racking when its "done".

bluefoxicy 09-10-2008 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by FishinDave07 (Post 843114)
+3 If you let your beer sit in the primary for 2-3 weeks, you will be surprised at how much better it will taste, instead of immediately racking when its "done".

Alright, someone gave me the 1-2-3 rule but I guess I'll leave it in there a bit longer. It's been in for about a week as of Sunday.

wildwest450 09-10-2008 05:17 PM

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Originally Posted by bluefoxicy (Post 843511)
Alright, someone gave me the 1-2-3 rule but I guess I'll leave it in there a bit longer. It's been in for about a week as of Sunday.

Unless your dryhopping you can do the 3-3 rule, 3weeks in primary and 3weeks in the bottle, a lot less hassle than messing with a secondary, and you beer will benefit.

istr810m 12-07-2012 04:42 PM

Can I use my corny keg as the "secondary" fermenter since I want to free up my primary for a new brew? And if yes, does fermentation have to be done prior to entry into the secondary?

unionrdr 12-07-2012 05:05 PM

Yes,the beer should always be at a stable Fg before racking. Otherwise,it could stall.


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