Originally Posted by CaliBuddha
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.