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Old 11-03-2009, 12:31 AM   #11
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Thanks for the advice.

Also, is it not wise to carbonate your beer in the second fermenter? I figured I could get it more evenly spread out that way and not have to worry as much about busting bottles if I get too much in one bottle.

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Thanks for the advice.

Also, is it not wise to carbonate your beer in the second fermenter? I figured I could get it more evenly spread out that way and not have to worry as much about busting bottles if I get too much in one bottle.
Right. The secondary is a place for clearing and conditioning. You don't carbonate in there. You still use an airlock. I don't use a secondary at all, but some people do.

Carbonation occurs after that, when you get ready to bottle. You add some sugar ( a prescribed amount, so that you don't have bottle bombs) and your beer to the bottles.

Do you have a hydrometer? That's the only way to tell if the beer is done fermenting, and is ready to bottle.
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I do but I forgot to use it after I brewed... But yea, I guess Ill just leave it for another few days and check the hydrometer and then check it each day after that and see whats up b/c the airlock hasnt done one damn bit of bubbling at all. I would love to know if its even doing anything, lol

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Also, is it not wise to carbonate your beer in the second fermenter? I figured I could get it more evenly spread out that way and not have to worry as much about busting bottles if I get too much in one bottle.
As YooperBrew says, carbonating in the secondary is not a good idea unless you have the proper vessel for it. A glass carboy won't take much in the way of PSI to break. You can use a Soda Keg (Cornelius) or one of the new [drool] Blichmann Ferminators [/drool] which will allow you to carbonate in the secondary, just like the pros do.

Speaking of that, there are some bottles that I adore for reuse, the primary being the Erdinger 12oz bottles. They are very heavy glass and can take a lot of abuse.

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