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Old 04-01-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
Mar 2011
Philadelphia, PA
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I realize there is a bit of polarity between using a secondary fermentor and keeping the beer in the primary fermentor, and there are plenty of threads on the topic. I suppose this question is more "product" specific.

I'm trying to decide on my second batch, and while searching for beers that I think I'd like on Northern Brewer's site, they recommend 2 stage fermenting and a yeast starter for most of the styles I'm looking into.

Do I need to use the 2 stage fermenting that they recommend? Is their suggestion based on alcohol content? The types I keep finding these suggestions for are IPA's, a high gravity stout, and an American amber ale.

Thanks for the help.


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Old 04-01-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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Dec 2010
Imperial, PA
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Its not really a secondary "fermenter", a seconday is a way to get your beer of the trub and help it clear up. you dont move your beer until fermentation is over. The decision is basically yours as the entire process can be done in one vessel or multiple. I am sure someone will chime in with a more in depth reasoning but simple answer is the new yeast strains will not give off off flavors when a beer is left on them for months at a time.

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Old 04-01-2011, 06:54 PM   #3
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I think their suggestion has more to do with the fact that they also sell fermenters.

No, you don't need to. Guys that do do so for a few different reasons:

1) Noob and do so because the 'instructions' say so.

2) Need to empty a Primary to brew more beer.

3) Bulk Aging

4) Adding fruit of oak or other flavors
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:21 PM   #4
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I primary for 3 to 4 weeks then bottle or keg - works deliciously.

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Old 04-01-2011, 08:25 PM   #5
Oct 2010
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I only secondary to dryhop or to bulk age or to put something else it (i.e. fruit, oak, etc).
Keg1: IRA
Keg2: StarSan
Keg3: British Bitter
Keg4: StarSan
Bottle: Belgian Strong Golden Ale
Secondary: 68F air
Primary1: Cider
Primary2: Nothing
Planned: hmmmmmm

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Old 04-01-2011, 09:15 PM   #6
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If you use a secondary, you will die.

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