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Old 07-24-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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I am reading "How to Brew" by John Palmer and I confused on his section on Fermentation. He says that for non lagers a secondary fermentor is not necessary. He said he usually leaves it in the primary for 2 to 3 weeks.

Then in the next section he talks about how some people cold crash there beer for a couple days to clear it up?

I ordered a double IPA from Midwestern. Usually I have the primary fermentor and then after a week or so I move to glass carboy for secondary.

Can I just leave in primary for three weeks and keg?
What about cold crashing? Do I do that in primary?

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Old 07-24-2010, 06:35 PM   #2
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There are thousands of differing opions on racking to secondary. A lot of people on here say it's not necassary and a lot say it is. I personally rack to secondary. I think it's more about preference. I do believe that if you are going to cold crash though, you need a secondary vessel. Jut my $.02.
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Old 07-24-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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Yes you can leave it in the primary; I have a gluten free IPA I'm making right now that's 2 1/2 weeks in the primary and still going slowly (fermenting). It should be finishing up any day now. I've done both ways...used a secondary container and left it in.

As far as cold crashing...I've never done it but I don't see how the container would matter. I would think that if you go to the trouble of doing it you would want it off the gross lees or trub so a secondary would make sense.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:07 PM   #4
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I just want to make sure I understand. If I am not cold crashing. I could ferment in primary for 2.5 - 3 weeks and go right to keg?

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Old 07-25-2010, 02:12 AM   #5
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Time is your friend...

As long as fermentation is done (hydrometer is also your friend), you can go to keg...

If you can cold crash, I would suggest it, as it will help clear your beer... If you can't, you will have beer that may not be as clear...

Let us know how it turns out!

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Old 07-25-2010, 02:19 AM   #6
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After fermentation is complete you can keg your beer. If you do cold crash is is best to get the beer off the yeast cake and into a secondary. However if you use whirlfloc tablets or Irish moss in your boil, you probably won't need to cold crash as your beer should already be clear.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:25 AM   #7
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I cold crash in the primary, sometimes add gelatin after a couple of days, then rack to keg after a week or so.

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Old 07-25-2010, 03:33 AM   #8
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Cold crashing in primary is fine. I do this all the time. After fermentation (14-21 days) bring your temp down to a few degrees above freezing for 3-5 days then keg/bottle.

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