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Old 06-26-2009, 08:24 PM   #1
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Right now I have my beer in secondary fermentation in my carboy. Is it a good idea to pour the beer through a strainer when transferring it into my bottling bucket, or do some of the particles need to be kept with the beer for flavor purposes?

Also, if I pour the beer through a strainer, does that clear the sediment in the beer out enough to allow me to completely bypass the secondary fermentation step?

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Old 06-26-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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You don't want to 'pour' the beer anywhere at this point because oxidation will occur. You want to 'rack' your beer (meaning siphon) so that no oxygen is mixed with the beer. If you leave the beer in the secondary long enough.....most if not all of the particles will settle to the bottom, so... you'll 'rack' your beer without sucking any of it up. Hope this helps....

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Old 06-26-2009, 08:34 PM   #3
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Right...rack is the word I meant to use instead of pour. I guess my main question is will siphoning the beer through a strainer into the bottling bucket help in any way or would it be pointless to do so?

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No.....First off, you never want to "pour" fermented beer, unless it is going from a bottle to your glass.

You want to gently rack from the bottom of the secondary to the bottom of your bottling bucket gently. Limiting the amount of air contact on the beer which can cause a wet cardborad off flavor...by using an autoshiphon and filling in this manner (the same way you fill a bottle from the bottom to the top) the co2 cushion that is protecting the beer will push any oxygen up and out of your vessel, again protecting you beer from too much O2 exposure.

Now as to the need to "strain" if you have secondaried or long primaried, all the stuff you let settle, is at the bottom, and if you carefully siphon, you won't get anything transfered.

What I do is hold the autosiphon so it is a little above the sediment layer and and rack the majority of beer over (you can clip or clamp it) then I gently lower it to catch the rest of your beer.

You really won't get much in your beer if you are careful...some people do stick a a piece of pantyhose or hopsack material and rubberband it to the bottom of the autosiphon (make sure it all is sanitized) if they think there is lots of hop chunks or other particles in it...that acts as a strainer or filter.

But rarely i my experince is that even necessary.

Hope this helps.

Remember once you pitch the yeast and until you are about to drink the beer in a glass, "pouring" of any kind is bad for the beer...

And if you want to read some tips for bottling, that a bunch of us put together, check out this thread. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/revv...herwise-94812/

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You don't want to 'pour' the beer anywhere at this point because oxidation will occur. You want to 'rack' your beer (meaning siphon) so that no oxygen is mixed with the beer. If you leave the beer in the secondary long enough.....most if not all of the particles will settle to the bottom, so... you'll 'rack' your beer without sucking any of it up. Hope this helps....
+1 for not pouring into your bottling bucket, +2 for not straining as you pour, both will introduce oxygen ruining your beer.

As for using a secondary, it will help to clear, but an extended primary will suffice as long as you are careful when racking to the bottling bucket.

Remember, if you bottle condition, you will also have another three weeks to allow sedimentation to occur inside the bottle, helping to clear the beer. In addition, if you place your bottles into the fridge for a week or two after conditioning, and before drinking, it will also help to clear your beer.

And +1,000,000 for Revvy's bottling tips, they helped me out significantly!
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its pointless ... just wait for the beer to clear naturaly then rack to your bottling bucket and bottle.

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I've never understood the desire to have perfectly sediment free homebrew. Its not going to hurt you. If anything, its a little extra protein. And its not going to hurt the beer either.

You should have seen the crap that settled out of my cranberry pLambic. A year later, it was just as tasty.

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I've never understood the desire to have perfectly sediment free homebrew. Its not going to hurt you. If anything, its a little extra protein. And its not going to hurt the beer either.

You should have seen the crap that settled out of my cranberry pLambic. A year later, it was just as tasty.
Lol maybe because I don't want chunks of **** going into my mouth while I'm drinking a beer?

Also, my auto-siphon broke my first time using it, is there really a huge problem with me just using my mouth on the tubing to get it started?
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Lol maybe because I don't want chunks of **** going into my mouth while I'm drinking a beer?

Also, my auto-siphon broke my first time using it, is there really a huge problem with me just using my mouth on the tubing to get it started?
There is always a possibility of infection when using your mouth to start a siphon, ther is alot of bacteria in your mouth, and hell we don't even know where your mouth has been!

A siphon can be started by filling your hose with water and allowing the water to drain in order to start the siphon, opposed to suckin on it!
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