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Old 03-29-2008, 10:36 PM   #1
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I don't trust myself transfering into the secondary fermentor on my first batch. Its been in the primary for two weeks now

I went to take a gravity ready from the spigot, and there are lots of small particles floating around in the beer, I really really do not want this stuff in my bottles, how can I get rid of these.

Two weeks of not being moved and they have not settled on the bottom.

What can I do?

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Old 03-29-2008, 10:50 PM   #2
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You might be getting some bits from the bottom of the fermenter that will clear after a little bit comes out. It is easy to rack the beer to secondary. I would recommend doing that. Then if you get some chunks into the secondary, they will fall out. You will then rack clear beer into your bottling bucket.

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After a week in secondary, the beer will be much clearer.

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Old 03-30-2008, 03:07 AM   #4
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Anyone mention cold crashing it? Just like placing bottles in the fridge, it will get much clearer, much faster.

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Old 03-30-2008, 06:36 PM   #5
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If you don't trust yourself getting it into secondary, how can you trust yourself to rack it to the bottling bucket?

racking is an important part of brewing, so you may as well start becoming a pro at it sooner rather than later.

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Old 03-30-2008, 06:42 PM   #6
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I'd be more worried about encountering issues with sanitation by filtering it than by racking it. Just be sure to thoroughly star-san everything. I've never had any problems with it.

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The purpose of racking is to remove the fermented and partially cleared beer from the trub, making it easier to finish clearing. If it is not clear enough after racking and settling for two more weeks, you can use finings to finish it.

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how will these chunks dissapear from simply moving it to the secondary? I mean they will just get tranfered into the second batch and then to the bottle.

They aren't just going to dissapear, its like pulp in OJ....not quite that thick, but you get the idea

I think I might just cut the bottom off of a 2 litre bottle and put a couple woman's stocking in it and run the beer through that, maybe i did something wrong when I was boiling the wort, but there are a lot of chunks in there, I really don't see how a secondary fermenter will get rid of them.

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Bryan,

Please trust the huge amount of collective experience advising you to rack the beer to secondary or at least NOT filter it.

You drew off a sample from the spigot and I think the chunks you got were things that settled to the bottom. Some of it just got inside the horizontal tube of the spigot. This test sample is not at all indicative of the clarity of the beer in the whole bucket. Go ahead and draw another small sample and let it sit overnight. I guarentee the beer will be clearer and the "chunks" will be sitting on the bottom (unless the beer is still fermenting).

When you rack either to secondary or the bottling bucket, you siphon from an area above all this sediment.

Running this beer through any kind of filter is just bad news. You're going to oxidize the hell out of it.

My advice, if you haven't already done anything, is to either wait another week and go to the bottling bucket from there or rack to a secondary vessel for 2 weeks then to the bottling bucket.

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If they are hops particles, you can filter it relatively safely by securing a hop bag or pantyhose (I guess) to the end of your hose.

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