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Old 10-05-2010, 04:01 PM   #1
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Default Transferring to secondary, but keeping yeast?

So I want to brew more often now that I have a keg set up and football tailgates are in full swing. The problem is that I only have one 6.5 gallon primary bucket, and my fermentation fridge only fits this bucket in it with little room for anything else. So, I need to make room in the fridge and bucket faster in order to brew more often. I've been leaving my beer in primary on the yeast for about 3 weeks and not even bothering with secondary and have had great results.

My question is this, to free up fridge and fermenter space, after a week to 10 days, could I swirl the bucket to resuspend the yeast (to preserve the sitting on yeast for 3 week method I've been using), transfer from the bucket into a 5 gallon carboy, and let it sit for another 2 weeks at room temperature (appx. 70-78)? I ferment at around 66-68 in my fermentation fridge, but I figure after 7-10 days I won't have much of an off flavor problem letting it sit in the 70's. I suppose I could just get more buckets and let those sit at room temp as well.

Any thoughts on this, or any suggestions as a better way to free up fridge and fermenter space, short of getting a larger fridge?


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I'd simply buy another bucket and pull it out from the fridge after a week or so. $20 is worth not siphoning all the time.
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I suppose I could just get more buckets and let those sit at room temp as well.
You answered your own question.
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