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Old 04-06-2012, 12:15 AM   #21
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Usually I don't either, just got rushed on this one. You said primary 14, so I figured my 16 would be okay and I would just deal without the secondary and be a little cloudy.

I'll probably give it another shot soon since I had to buy a 3 pound jar of orange blossom honey.

 
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:07 PM   #22
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Really what you should do after 14 days is take a gravity reading. If it's down in the 1.010-1.011 range, then transfer it to the secondary. If not, leave it in the primary longer.

 
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:48 AM   #23
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Hi crooked tail I am actually brewing this beer tonight but I am just curious what your thoughts are on adding some bitter orange peel I have left over from my blue moon clone? Would it be better just sticking to the original recipe in your opinion?
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:18 PM   #24
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I don't see why orange peel would be an issue. Give it a shot!

 
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:27 PM   #25
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Now this may be dumb, but does secondary fermentation refer to bottle conditioning. As in after it ferments two weeks and then you add more sugar and bottle, is that secondary fermentation?

 
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:05 AM   #26
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Now this may be dumb, but does secondary fermentation refer to bottle conditioning. As in after it ferments two weeks and then you add more sugar and bottle, is that secondary fermentation?
No. Secondary fermentation is when you transfer the beer to a second container (usually a glass carboy) to condition and allow even more of the suspended yeast to settle, allowing the beer to clear up. After that you'd bottle.

Some people skip the secondary and just let the beer sit longer in the primary. Personally I like getting my beers cleared up as much as I can, and in my experiences using the secondary has made a big difference in clearing the beer.

 
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:31 PM   #27
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Just brewed up a batch of this on Sunday, and it's bubbling away happily (and looks tasty!). We're just hitting the warmer months here in the Bay Area, so it should be perfectly timed.

 
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:56 PM   #28
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I have some US-04 on hand, any issue with using that over the US-05?

 
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:14 AM   #29
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Ferment in low temps if you use S-04. You want to minimize the esters.

 
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #30
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Ferment in low temps if you use S-04. You want to minimize the esters.
It's sitting at 66f (temp strip on the side of the bucket) right now in a ice bath. Should I shoot for lower or is this about right?

 
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