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Old 01-26-2013, 01:22 AM   #21
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I thought you want to aerate when you go from your primary to secondary? I could be very well wrong!

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Old 01-26-2013, 02:18 AM   #22
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I thought you want to aerate when you go from your primary to secondary? I could be very well wrong!
The only time you aerate is just before you pitch the yeast.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:01 AM   #23
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The only time you aerate is just before you pitch the yeast.
Yes. Great answer. You can expose your pre-fermentation wort to all the oxygen you want. Once it has fermented though, it's the LAST thing you want to do.
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Gotcha, so when I rack it, I don't want any splashing at all. Perhaps I should put the siphon hose inside the wort (on the secondary) when I siphon. I just ordered a 5 gallon better bottle, should come around the time I want to transfer... hopefully! I think I'll dry hop 1 week before bottling. When you dry hop, you just throw the hops in the bottle? Is three weeks bottle conditioning too much time?

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Siphon silently. There should be no sound - or very little when you transfer to the Better Bottle. If you Star-San the entire hose it's not a problem to have it sitting in what should then be beer - and no longer wort.

3 weeks bottle conditioning isn't too long at all - but good luck waiting. I find that I'll try the first bottle after a week just to see how things are going. If I like it there is a good chance that I'll be into it within the next 4 or 5 days. It will certainly continue to mellow out and blend a little better the longer you wait while it's in the bottle. The carbonation becomes a little more refined as well. Drinking it soon will result in very gassy burps - which can be fun too.
Some bottles will be splendid several months to a year later. Some even more. Depends on the style.

As for dry hopping - I yield to others with more experience in that field. I'm not a big hop guy... So I tend to stick to low, normal hop schedules in recipes during the boil.

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