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Old 10-26-2006, 05:30 PM   #1
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I've got my two batches (that are ready) transferred over to clean carboys for the secondary fermentation.

I know with the primary fermentation, the temperature range is determined by the yeast.. which I maintained between 65-70deg for the yeasts I used.

What temperature should I store the batches in during the secondary/clearing stage? Can I keep them at the same temperature during the secondary as I did the primary?

I read somewhere that there is another process that starts naturally "in the spring" when the temp reaches 15degC which helps to mellow the flavor. Does this mean I need to keep the temp below 15degC (around 60degF) for a few months before increasing the temp?

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Aging - 1 gal Still of the Night Mead - 1.132 OG
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You will be OK keeping the secondaries at the same temp as you had for the primary. However, I think the beer is even better if you can keep the secondaries cooler. I put my secondaries in the refrigerator after I'm sure they are done fermenting and I get very clear beers. The only problem with this is that the yeast drop out. I keg my beers and force carbonate so I don't need to have yeast in suspension for conditioning.
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Thanks, RichBrewer!

I'm going to keep the 2ndaries with the primaries... which works out well for the space I have available for brewing!

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Primary - 20 oz Rum in the Raw (experiment) - 1.150 OG
Secondary - 1 gal Chokecherry wine
Secondary - 5 gal California Uncommon (dry hopping)
Bottled - Cherry Apfelwein
Aging - 1 gal Still of the Night Mead - 1.132 OG
Drinking - ESB, Root Beer, Tank It Down Ordinary Bitter
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