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Old 11-14-2007, 03:12 AM   #1
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Well first off, hello to everyone.

I am on my second brew. I was very pleased with my first brew which was an India Pale Ale. This time around i am trying Liberty Cream Ale. It is currently in the primary fermentor, where it has been since friday around 10 pm. I am a little worried, because the fermentation isn't taking off like the IPA. It is fermenting but not at the same rate as the last one.

Is this normal or should i be worried


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Old 11-14-2007, 03:14 AM   #2
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Don't worry about it. Every fermentation will be different depending on yeast, fermentable, temperature, etc. As long as you can tell fermentation is going on, you're golden. Welcome to HBT!

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Old 11-14-2007, 03:22 AM   #3
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Thats good to hear. Another question that comes up is-

Do any problems arise if i switch to secondary fermentation before the primary is actually complete? I only ask because times when i leave unexpectedly for a couple days.

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Old 11-14-2007, 03:26 AM   #4
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Just make sure the krausen has subsided most of if not all the way. Secondary fermenters tend to be smaller and the risk of blowing your lid goes up

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Old 11-14-2007, 03:27 AM   #5
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Just leave it in primary, I usually leave mine for 2 weeks before I even think of looking at it. You should never be in a rush to rack, let the yeast do their thing. Fermentation should be complete before you rack it over, secondary is actually just for clearing and conditioning.

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Old 11-14-2007, 03:27 AM   #6
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I travel a lot also.

Leaving it in the primary longer is better than racking to the secondary too soon.

The secondary is really a clearing tank after the fermentation is complete.

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Old 11-14-2007, 03:28 AM   #7
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Your not going to lose anything by keeping it in primary for a few extra days. Honestly, don't worry about autolysis and the bit until like 4-plus weeks. If that. If you leave it in primary for an extra bit, you're only going to help it clear. RDWHAHB. You're all good. Enjoy.

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Old 11-14-2007, 03:35 AM   #8
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Not sure what autolysis is, if someone coud enlighten me.

If i were to leave it the primary over my trip, it would be in there for two weeks and 3-4 days. From what i can gather this would be okay.

If it is in the primary for that amount of time, how long should i leave it in the secondary fermentor before bottling?

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autolysis when yeast starts breaking down **** it shouldnt be leading to off flavors.


EDIT:****, I can't say ****. that sucks

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I've racked to secondary early and the only thing I really noticed is that I got more trub on the bottom of the carboy. Not a big deal to rack early, but it really is much better to wait. I'm sure it was a brewer that coined the phrase "patience is a virtue."

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