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Old 07-31-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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Hi fellow brewers,

I brewed my first batch of beer (Columbus IPA extract) last Sunday (7/25) and it has been fermenting nicely for 6 days now at 68 degrees until my Ranco probe broke yesterday. I have been able to adjust the fridge with a tub of water to hold the fermenting beer at 68 degrees until my replacement probe comes in the mail.

My question is I am now starting to see some seperation in my beer. There is a layer on the top 3rd of my carboy that is clearer than the bottom 2/3rds. Is this just my whirlfloc clearing the beer?

Also it seems that fermentation is tapering off, the airlock is starting to slow way down. When would be a good time to rack to a secondary, I know alot of brewers dont use a secondary but I feel that this beer is going to need the extra time to clear, its pretty cloudy.

Any help would be great, as I said this is my first time brewing. Maybe Im just freaking out, but it cant hurt to double check with you. Sorry for the long post.

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Old 07-31-2010, 05:14 PM   #2
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Perfectly normal. Sounds like primary fermentation is wrapping up so the yeast are dropping out of suspension. In 2-3 weeks the whole fermenter will look essentially the same. I wouldn't bother with a secondary. The yeast will clean up better after themselves on the main yeast cake. Also, 2-3 weeks in the fridge will give you a clear beer. To secondary or not is a hotly debated issue, but I personally have done both and see no benefit to using a secondary unless you are adding something like fruit or oak chips or what not.
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:19 PM   #3
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My question is I am now starting to see some seperation in my beer. There is a layer on the top 3rd of my carboy that is clearer than the bottom 2/3rds. Is this just my whirlfloc clearing the beer?
Sounds like normal settling/clearing to me...

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Also it seems that fermentation is tapering off, the airlock is starting to slow way down. When would be a good time to rack to a secondary, I know alot of brewers dont use a secondary but I feel that this beer is going to need the extra time to clear, its pretty cloudy.
No point in starting another "should you/shouldn't you" in regards to doing a secondary, so I'll just say that if you do one to rack it when the gravity stops decreasing (take hydrometer measurements).
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