Secondary gravity drop - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Secondary gravity drop

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-25-2009, 04:48 PM   #1
SurfBrew
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Posts: 18


Is there a general rule for how many points you typically drop in a secondary?

Thanks for the help.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2009, 04:50 PM   #2
schweaty
Doe Re Mi Beer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
schweaty's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Glass City
Posts: 1,808
Liked 45 Times on 20 Posts


Nope, no rule. Don't transfer to a secondary unless you get a consistent reading from your primary for three days. Don't expect to see the gravity drop much, if at all, once you transfer.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2009, 05:10 PM   #3
ifishsum
 
ifishsum's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Portland OR
Posts: 1,447
Liked 9 Times on 8 Posts


The most I've ever experienced is 2 pts - that was an early batch I rushed a bit and racked after a week in primary. You really should let it completely finish out in primary - if you count on a significant drop in secondary, you'll probably be disappointed. Since most of the yeast is left behind in the primary, what's left is not always enough to finish the fermentation to completion.
__________________
"If you're gonna be an ape, be a hairy one" - Spyder

Primary 2: Edwort's Robust Porter
Secondary 1: LW Pale Ale
Secondary 1: Blackened Soul RIS
Kegged: Dead Guy Ale
Kegged: Rye Pale Ale
Kegged: Haus Pale Ale
Kegged: Nut Brown Ale
Kegged: Afrikan Amber
Kegged: Jock Scott Ale
Kegged: Afrikan Amber

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2009, 06:54 PM   #4
SurfBrew
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Posts: 18

Thanks guys.
I needed 2 points. I got a steady reading in the fermenter after a week, so I racked.
I thought stiring up the yeast might give me the last 2 points.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2009, 07:13 PM   #5
HOOTER
 
HOOTER's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2008
Spokane, WA
Posts: 1,653
Liked 14 Times on 10 Posts


Racking can certainly revive fermentation. Ideally fermentation should be fully completed before racking but I've had a couple brews finish in secondary. The pilsner I recently brewed dropped 5 points in secondary (after sitting in primary for over a month). I've had a few and it's delicious, with no noticeable signs of off flavors. Technically the gravity shouldn't drop at all in secondary, but it it does it's no biggy.
__________________
Primary:
Secondary:
Bottled: Lots of stuff
On tap: Hefeweizen, Centennial Blonde
Up next: Quality Beverages

Quote:
Originally Posted by Homercidal View Post
Shorts Would Make Boners Obvious

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2009, 07:16 PM   #6
Orfy
For the love of beer!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Orfy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2005
Cheshire, England
Posts: 11,732
Liked 94 Times on 62 Posts


It depends how long you leave it in the main fermenter and how good a job the yeast has done.
In theory and preferably it should by 0 or close to.
__________________
GET THE GOBLIN
Have a beer on me.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2009, 07:46 PM   #7
SurfBrew
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Posts: 18

Cool. That points me in the right direction.

Thanks

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
No drop in gravity? SFBEER Cider Forum 12 10-30-2009 03:37 PM
50+ hrs..NO Krausen, NO Gravity drop... duffman2 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 17 10-26-2009 10:27 PM
When will my gravity drop beertard Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 09-10-2007 08:36 PM
gravity drop killian All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 08-29-2007 05:48 PM
gravity drop mikes_brew Extract Brewing 6 08-17-2007 10:34 PM


Forum Jump