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Old 01-30-2014, 05:39 PM   #11
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I am about to brew a hefeweisen. Would it be better to bottle that style as soon as the FG is stable and not let it rest any additional time??

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Old 01-30-2014, 05:42 PM   #12
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I let wheat beers settle a couple days after FG then bottle. They should be hazy,but not turbid with a bunch of yeast.

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Old 01-30-2014, 05:53 PM   #13
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Letting beer sit on dead yeast for a long time is a good way to make your beer taste like a stack of cold cuts.

If you are kegging I can see the lack of need for a secondary, and you can just blow off the sediment before consuming. But letting a beer sit in secondary for a week will allow things to settle so your bottles will not have large amounts of that sediment in it. Also, I have found that beer tends to hit its peak after some amount of time, so letting things settle in a secondary fits right into the aging process.

Having brewed over 400 batches of beer over the past 20 years or so, I have never had an infection that was caused by a transfer from one carboy to the next. Beer is not something that can be rushed without some sort of consequence. To each his own, but there is a difference between making beer, and making great beer.

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Old 01-30-2014, 05:54 PM   #14
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I think if you secondary its best to secondary after 3-4 weeks in primary. I think if you move it before the benifits are negated, if you move after the yeast cake is compacted, the secondary can act as a bright tank for any material that is kicked up during the transfer which would otherwise end up in the priming bucket. If you move it before then, you will be kicking up more trub than you would otherwise.

The other con that is not mentioned is brewery efficiency is lowered. I don't think there is an advantage to dry hopping in secondary, I think it makes more sense to dry hop in the primary and the move to the secondary in an attempt to move the beer away from newely sedimented hop material that could kick up if you using transfering to the priming bucket. Unless you want to reuse the yeast, in which case the opposite is true.

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