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Old 02-05-2013, 03:31 AM   #11
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Skip the secondary. There's a raging debate over wether it's even necessary, but in this case there's a clear reason to skip it. There's no clear evidence of any benefit at all, but a very clear risk of oxidation transferring 3 gallons into a 6 gallon vessel. Think risk vs reward here. Secondary would be a risk here for minimal (if any) reward.

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:13 PM   #12
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Thanks guys I will deff skip the secondary ill just bottle in 3 week thanks a lot.

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:19 PM   #13
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Thanks guys I will deff skip the secondary ill just bottle in 3 week thanks a lot.
3 weeks should do the trick, but try and avoid doing things based on a set schedule. Rather, use sound reasons to determine things like when to bottle. For example, when activity stops check the gravity. If it's at expected terminal gravity, confirm the reading a few days later. If it's the EXACT same, age it a few more days or "cold crash" if you have the fridge space. If the reading is lower, even .001, WAIT! Most normal strength ales will be done in 3 weeks but you never know, every fermentation has its own unique set of variables. This way you're learning the yeast's behavior, not taking a shot in the dark...
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:40 PM   #14
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Even if you do everything the same, they will still be different.

I did a 10 gal batch of cream ale then split into 2 buckets to ferment. They were side-by-side the whole time and I could still tell a difference. Yeast are weird!

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