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Old 11-07-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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So I have a new batch of White House Honey Ale in the fermenter. The instructions say to ferment for 2 to 3 weeks then transfer to a secondary for another 2 to 3 weeks for conditioning. Is the secondary necessary?



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Old 11-07-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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No.

It seems most kit instructions advocate a secondary, while many if not most here say otherwise "for normal beers".

If it's a really big beer, or you're aging it on fruit or oak, or brett, do a secondary. Or, if you just want to. But it really doesn't need it. More trouble than it's worth.



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Old 11-07-2012, 06:28 PM   #3
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Nope. You'll be fine in the primary. I'd only go to secondary for aging past 3 months. Some say up to 6 months in primary is fine, but 3 is my limit.

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Thank you for the replies. So if I choose not to go to the secondary, based on the instructions ( 3 weeks in primary, 3 weeks in secondary) how long would I keep it in the fermenter if I do not transfer to secondary? 6 weeks?

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Old 11-07-2012, 10:57 PM   #5
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It should be fine to bottle it after 2 or 3 weeks in the fermentor. I give all my beers a minimum of 3 weeks in the primary.

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My rule of thumb for most beers, keep it in the primary until it is done fermenting (as determined by hydrometer readings) plus 1 week and then bottle.

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Ok, I am on Day 12 of this batch. My OG was 1.060, right now its 1.020. i will check again in a few days. My airlock was bubbling the day after pitching, then stopped and hasnt shown any signs of activity since. should I be concerned? I also have a 5 gallon batch of Wiezen Beer that has been bubbling for over a week now.

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No, you shouldn't be concerned. Airlock activity (or lack thereof) isn't a reliable sign of whether or not fermentation is afoot.

Keep taking hydrometer readings - when it doesn't move for a few days in a row, you should be done with fermentation.

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Did the instructions give a estimate on FG?Was this extract or all grain? If it was extract estimated fg is usaully close to where it stops.

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I aged a beer in the primary for a year once. No issues.



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