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Old 05-02-2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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i transferred from primary to secondary 2 days ago, sampled, seems like it is on its way... my question is since transferring, there has been very little airlock action, almost none, is this normal? the recipe says to keep it in the secondary for 5-7 days. should i bottle at 5, or 7, or even sooner, maybe even later? any advise?

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Old 05-02-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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There isn't supposed to be significant release of CO2 when the beer is in the secondary. The beer shouldn't go into the secondary until primary fermentation (converting simple sugars into alcohol and CO2) is nearly done. There can be small amounts of CO2 still produced after transferring, and the act of transferring often knocks CO2 out of solution and into the air, so some bubbles are ok. But for the most part there shouldn't be any bubbles.

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Old 05-02-2009, 09:33 PM   #3
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that is good to hear. when i transferred, the primary was bubbling maybe once every few mins. so i should continue to follow the recipe and bottle in 5-7 days? should i wait till it gets good and translucent?

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You do not need a secondary for ale. It needs to condition on the yeast for 2 to 3 weeks then keg or bottle.

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Whether your beer is ready to bottle in 5 days depends on whether it was finished. Was it? How long was it in the primary and what is the FG?

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Old 05-02-2009, 11:40 PM   #6
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it was in the primary for nine days and was finished, i beleive(this is my first batch). og 1.055, fg 1.010. the recipe did recommend use of a secondary.

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There you go! It can be bottled at five days OR you can leave it for a couple weeks and let it clear. The second choice is the best BUT since it's your first batch, it will be the harder choice.

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Nurmey's right...

Telling someone making their first batch that they should wait longer before they bottle because it'll make better beer is like telling a teenager they should wait to lose their virginity. Sure, it's the best advice. The person getting the advice may even know it's right. But I know I counted the days until I could bottle and the days until I could open the first one in the shortest amount of time possible.

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But if you can't, then do it next time.

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one more thing.... the color. when transferring, i couldnt help but notice the color was a lot more amber than pale ales i am used to drinking. will it lighten up? just a question, i am not too concerned, this being my first brew, i'd drink it if it was purple.

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Old 05-03-2009, 06:50 PM   #10
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The red ale i just finished, recomended a secondary also. So I did, and it really cleared it up.

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