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Old 12-19-2009, 12:09 AM   #1
Dec 2009
Weehawken, NJ
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So I just racked to secondary a few hours ago. This was my first home brew so I was kinda nervous about it. I had a pretty good fermentation going for about two-three days. Today (7th day in primary) I decide it was time to rack to secondary, more because I was antsy than anything.

My beer has a nice brown color but the smell wasn't too appealing. Also when I opened it up there was a few thick clumps of coagulated yeast on top but not much else. The yeast cake on the bottom was quite thick though so I am wondering if it had just sunk to the bottom.

Anyway, I am probably being a nutso noob but any reassurances would be helpful. I didn't take any specific gravity but plan on letting it sit in secondary about two weeks now.

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Old 12-19-2009, 12:33 AM   #2
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Oct 2007
Clayton, North Carolina
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That sounds like it is going fine. Everything settled to the bottom which is good. That is exactly what you want. I wouldn't worry too much about the smell. . . there are some definite different smelling aromas from fermentation.

Many people here don't use a secondary and leave it in the primary for 3 weeks or so. If you are going to use a secondary, I would take gravity readings for 2 or 3 days in a row to make sure fermentation is complete and then rack to a secondary. Some people suggest a 1-2-3 method (1 week primary, 2 week secondary, 3 week bottles) but I would get in the habit of using your hydrometer. Some bigger beers take longer than a week

But it sounds like everything is going well! Let us know how it turns out!
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