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Old 05-18-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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I officially have my beer fermenting on its 4th day today ..
this saturday i wanted to move it into a secondary. i have both of my 6.5 gal buckets with spigots, can i just run a hose from one spigot into the new sanitazed secondary bucket wiothout worries of O2 oxidation? , and as well once this is moved into the secondary can it stay in there for another 5 days , or should the sugars be added and it bottled and let the remianding time go in the bottles?
thanks for your help .. and what about running it through the strainer as it comes out of the tube into the second bucjet? ( i dry hopped in the fermenting bucket and i wanted to try and get as much out as possible and some hopes that may clear the brew up some as well

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Old 05-18-2009, 03:54 PM   #2
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Yes, you can just spigot-hose transfer bucket to bucket no problem, but to keep oxidation to a minimum, keep the transfer hose below the level of the beer in the 2ndary bucket when filling.
Secondary for 5 days is a little quick. For most ales of average gravity, 2 weeks is a good average.
Dry hopping is best done in 2ndary, siphon to bottling bucket w/priming sugar already dissolved awaiting the addition of the beer from 2ndary. Do not(1) - 2ndary with your priming sugar, or(2)- "bottle secondary".
First example, your yeasties will eat your priming sugar, and won't be there come bottling, SECOND EXAMPLE = BOTTLE BOMBS

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Old 05-18-2009, 05:12 PM   #3
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So From Fermenter To Secondary, Wait Another 14 Days .. Then From Secondary To Bottling Bucket With Priming Sugars , And To Bottles Immedialty After Correct ? Thanks So Much For The Tips!!!!

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make sure you take your gravity readings before moving it to a secondary to make sure your gravity is where you want it. If it's not, leave it in the primary. FYI I leave my brews in the primary for 3-4 weeks on average.

I would not run the wort through a strianer as your racking to a secondary because that would airate the crap out of it.

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I find the autosiphon does a decent job at filtering when racking. It certainly doesn't catch everything, but it get the job done.

Good enough for government work. Then again, look at their "cheese"...

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Brandon FL!!!!! I have friends that live in Seffner. I love Tampa/St. Pete!

I have only used my racking wand for transferring and I have had no problems but your method seems like a good plan.

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Old 05-19-2009, 04:23 PM   #7
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Thanks sop much for the help guys .. i really appreciate it .. i have had a few doiffrent comments though , some say to bottle it after 10 days of fermenting , some say 10 days int he fermenter , 10 days in seondary ? im confused this is supposed to be a nice pale blonde ..
i dont want to over do it with the fermenting and aging process ..
al;so when it goes in the seondary , i have to use a airlock on it as well correct?
i was hoping to most of my aging in the bottle but now i dont know ..

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No worries about over doing it..... You can leave that beer in the bucket for a looooong time without a problem.........

under-doing it is a problem however as you could very easily end up with exploding bottles....

Most folks will recommend the 1-2-3 method for us newbs.... 1 week in primary, 2 weeks in secondary, then 3 weeks in the bottle...then drink like crazy!

oh yeah.... use an airlock

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Most folks will recommend the 1-2-3 method for us newbs.... 1 week in primary, 2 weeks in secondary, then 3 weeks in the bottle...then drink like crazy!

oh yeah.... use an airlock
Actually you will find that on here MOST people would NOT say use the 1-2-3 method.

Many of us leave our beers in primary for 3-4 weeks, skip secondary and bottle. Just search for the 10,000 threads under "long Primary" or "no secondary" and you will see all the resaons why we do it, and the explanations behind...There's at least one thread a day on the topic, so it's really not hard to find the discussion pretty much hashed to death.

but if you choose to secondary you should wait til your Hydrometer tells you fermentation is complete.

If I do secondary (which is only when I am adding fruit or oak) I wait 14 days then rack for another 2 weeks...then I bottle.

But that's only if I am dry hopping or adding oak or fruit, which I rarely do, so for me it's a month than bottle,

Honestly you will find your beer will be the best if you ignore the kit instructions, and don't rush it.

But Even Palmer says you should wait with kits...

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Leaving an ale beer in the primary fermentor for a total of 2-3 weeks (instead of just the one week most canned kits recommend), will provide time for the conditioning reactions and improve the beer. This extra time will also let more sediment settle out before bottling, resulting in a clearer beer and easier pouring. And, three weeks in the primary fermentor is usually not enough time for off-flavors to occur.
Your beer will thank you for waiting....
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When I'm in a hurry I do 10 days primary, then 10 days secondary (be sure it's reached FG in primary first) then bottle. That's a bare minimum for me, usually it's 14 days primary then 14 days secondary. Once you have a pipeline full of beer coming ready, it's much easier to wait

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