Originally Posted by Caplan
Loads of questions in your post!
Most of them can be avoided by getting a bigger primary! Plastic brew buckets really come into their own with added fruits. no 'bottle necks' to foam up and easy to clean afterwards. Either use an airlock on a bucket (if it has a grommet) or tie a cheesecloth on and put the plastic top on, and weight in down with a few cups etc to stop fruit flies.
After 5 days in primary transfer the must into glass through a cheesecloth/grain bag. Because the main ferment has gone on in primary you won't get mad 'through the airlock' activity. You'll have strained all the fruit pieces which you no longer need. (you'll get a little sediment but it will clear)
Apologies for the volume of questions - eager to learn! I will be picking up a brew bucket in a couple of weeks I was just keen on getting started on a small brew. When is the best time to transfer from primary to secondary? My brew is bubbling away at about 1 bubble per second currently.
Thank you for all your help, very much appreciated.