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Old 12-28-2009, 10:36 PM   #1
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why does brewers best kits recommend switching to secondary BEFORE fermentation is complete

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Old 12-28-2009, 10:38 PM   #2
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Cause the guy who wrote the instructions is from Bangladesh.

Best bet is to read, read, read and make your own conclusions.

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Old 12-29-2009, 01:50 AM   #3
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I never racked my BB kit (APA) to secondary. I left it in primary for about 2ish weeks and moved it straight over to the keg for another week to carb and started drinking it the week after that.

Keg1: Rootbeer
Keg2: Gnome Cream Soda
Keg3: Edworts Apfelwein
Keg4: BM's Centenial Blonde
Keg5: BM's Tits Up IIPA

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Old 12-29-2009, 07:53 PM   #4
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I believe that the rule of thumb is to rack to secondary after fermentation is around 2/3 complete (if you are going to use a secondary/bright tank).

The reason, as I understand it, you still want SOME fermentation activity in the Bright. Now, as for the scientific reason, I am not sure. I think if you rack to Secondary/Bright AFTER fermentation is COMPLETE, the movement could cause a second fermentation which is bad (I believe). If you rack to Secondary/Bright while fermentaion is mostly complete but still active, the fermenation process will complete in the Secondary/Bright which is what you want.

Again, I am new to brewing (One BB IIPA Kit thus far), but have read alot and had this same question.

Best of luck!

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