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Old 05-01-2010, 01:56 PM   #11
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very interesting... if i knew this before! i would have use the glass carboy as fermenter instead of using the plastic bucket.
Good point. Are you better off using a glass carboy as your primary as opposed to a plastic bucket?
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Old 05-01-2010, 02:12 PM   #12
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Good point. Are you better off using a glass carboy as your primary as opposed to a plastic bucket?
If you are going to use 1 vessel for fermentation, using a carboy will help you not transfer any trub to your bottling bucket/keg because of the curved bottom. You just need to make sure to keep your siphon in the middle of the carboy where it is higher.
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:36 AM   #13
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If you are going to use 1 vessel for fermentation, using a carboy will help you not transfer any trub to your bottling bucket/keg because of the curved bottom. You just need to make sure to keep your siphon in the middle of the carboy where it is higher.
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:37 AM   #14
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It doesn't really matter much either way for a stout. Actually, this is the case with most ales. The benefits you gain from a secondary are mostly cosmetic. I wouldn't bother with the secondary unless you are planning to add some additional ingredients after primary fermentation or you are planning to wait a while before you are going to bottle it. I typically use a secondary, but only because I never know when I am going to get around to bottling.
Can a vanilla bean be split and added in the last 5 minutes of the boil or off heat and go into the fermentation tank, so I don't have to rack to a secondary...or should a vanilla bean only be added in secondary? I was told 7-10 days until bottling, but I see a lot of people letting it sit for 3 or 4 weeks in either primary or secondary. What do you think? Thanks!
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Vanilla is mostly aroma, which you loose a lot of during fermentation. You can toss it in your primary when fermentation is complete though.

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Vanilla is mostly aroma, which you loose a lot of during fermentation. You can toss it in your primary when fermentation is complete though.
Thanks! That's very helpful!
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If given enough time for the yeast to drop out there is no need. If you wanted to cold crash, add fruit, chocolate or coffee it can be useful.
Or vanilla beans.
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