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ExplosiveJoseph 01-15-2012 05:37 PM

are there negative consequences racking into a third fermenter?
I brewed a pale ale and it was very cloudy when I racked into secondary, way cloudier than any other I've brewed. I'd like to help clear it up by racking into a third carboy but I'm concerned it may be unnecessary and may possibly have negative consequences. Any thoughts?

djfriesen 01-15-2012 05:40 PM

Besides the extra effort and additional risk of contamination and/or oxidation, there shouldn't be a problem. You'd be better served throwing some gelatin in the secondary if you're really concerned with the cloudiness.

Snicks 01-15-2012 05:42 PM

Racking again will only expose your beer to more oxygen and potential infections. I would either leave it for longer (and maybe a little colder if possible) in the secondary or look into adding some fining agents such as gelatin for clarity if you are in a rush.

Time is probably the best option IMO since your beer will get that little extra bit of age and let the yeast clean it up a bit.

msa8967 01-15-2012 05:50 PM

Have you tried cold crashing the beer in the carboy yet? This will help to clear it up.

Calichusetts 01-15-2012 07:02 PM

I've used a third fermenter before, isn't really that useful, but you will have virtually no trub so you can rack with less concern...

unionrdr 01-15-2012 07:10 PM

How long was it in primary before you racked it to secondary? It might not have hit FG yet. It'll stay cloudy till that happens.

Grinder12000 01-15-2012 08:17 PM

Seriously. Don't worry about cloudy ness at this point. Use whirl flow or Irish moss next time. Clarity should be your very least concern.

unionrdr 01-15-2012 08:22 PM

Not if it hadn't reached a stable FG before being racked over. It might still be trying to finish up. I think he kept to the kit instructions & wound up racking it over when initial fermentation was done.

RoadKing 01-15-2012 09:58 PM

Read this thread (first page or 2 anyway) http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/gelatin-finings-53912/
Using gelitan gives me the clearest beers I've ever made.

lgilmore 01-15-2012 10:17 PM

I find cold crashing works very well for getting the cloudy stuff to drop to the bottom. Really improves the finished look of the beer.

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