When to move to secondary - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > When to move to secondary

Thread Tools
Old 12-12-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
Jul 2009
Prosper, TX
Posts: 1,154
Liked 91 Times on 78 Posts

Normally I don't use a secondary but my latest AHS recipe calls for it (again) and dry hops so I may give it a try. Only problem is they say after a week. Shouldn't you wait for fermentation to totally quit before you move to secondary?

I know I don't have to move at all but I just thought I'd try this time. But I'm not sure when you are supposed to move to secondary.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2009, 10:01 PM   #2
barely's Avatar
Sep 2007
Brunswick, ME, USA
Posts: 84

Originally Posted by pretzelb View Post
...Shouldn't you wait for fermentation to totally quit before you move to secondary?
Short answer: Yes.
I'm a weekend brewer, so I measure all my time in weeks - if it ain't ready this weekend, I let go until next. I just dry hopped my own IPA a few minutes ago - after two weeks in the carboy.
How can I know what my favorite beer is if I haven't druck them all yet?

Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2009, 10:06 PM   #3
Green Flash IPA on tap
Sea's Avatar
May 2007
Southern Oregon
Posts: 1,478
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Yeah, you are supposed to wait until fermentation has stopped. After you get the same hydrometer reading for three consecutive days to be exact. That said, I have never wasted the time/beer to do that, and usually wait a couple weeks. You really only need to transfer if you are dry-hopping, unless you keg, in which case you can do it in there.
I plan on living forever. So far, so good! - unknown.

Corrupt Brewers

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
When to move to secondary? BulldogBrewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 11-28-2009 09:18 PM
Should I move to a secondary? Brother Dun Fermentation & Yeast 6 11-04-2009 09:27 PM
When to move to secondary? Krelja Lambic & Wild Brewing 0 09-19-2009 11:41 AM
When do I move it to secondary? jawats General Techniques 2 07-16-2009 03:17 PM
Can i move to secondary ? ipbr21054 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 04-05-2009 08:41 PM

Forum Jump