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Old 03-11-2013, 01:00 AM   #1
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This is my first time. I just took my batch out of my primary and put it in my secondary should I leave it in for the full 2wks? My instructions say 2wks. But as most man I hate following instructions. I had big yeast cake in the primary. If that makes any difference.



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Old 03-11-2013, 01:02 AM   #2
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Longer is better for fermentation stages.

Leave you secondary at least two weeks, three if you can wait.



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How long was it in the primary?

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It was in my primary for a week.

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Patience pays off. I like two weeks in primary and four in secondary for just about everything.

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Patience pays off. I like two weeks in primary and four in secondary for just about everything.
Ok thank you
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Patience pays off. I like two weeks in primary and four in secondary for just about everything.
That long even when you aren't getting anymore bubbles in the primary?
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That long even when you aren't getting anymore bubbles in the primary?
I'll be THAT guy. But bubbles in the airlock are not an indication of fermentation. Only that your airlock is releasing excess pressure. Airlocks will bubble for no reason and also won't bubble sometimes at all. You really need to check with a hydrometer to ensure your fermentation is complete. Just my .02
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I'll be THAT guy. But bubbles in the airlock are not an indication of fermentation. Only that your airlock is releasing excess pressure. Airlocks will bubble for no reason and also won't bubble sometimes at all. You really need to check with a hydrometer to ensure your fermentation is complete. Just my .02
+1. Thanks for being THAT guy who said what needed to be said given the question and the oh-so-very common misconception about bubbling airlocks (or lack thereof).

IMO, for a typical batch, you would have been perfectly fine letting it ferment in the primary for 3 weeks and then bottling. No need for a secondary in most (but not all) situations.
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Next time use the secondary to brew another beer and leave the brew in the primary for 3 weeks then bottle. 99% of the time you don't need a secondary.



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