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View Poll Results: Do you use a secondary fermenter?
Always skip a secondary fermenter 45 17.65%
Never skip a secondary fermenter 141 55.29%
Only use a secondary when dry hopping 20 7.84%
Other 49 19.22%
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:59 PM   #41
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I was in my LHBS and his said the current trend is to moving away from the secondary. He said he never uses a secondary.

I'm on the fence. I never did any real "scientific" tests to compare the two. Just because we can make more work for ourselves doesn't mean it's better.

 
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:22 PM   #42
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I only use secondary for dry hopping. Even my lagers go straight to keg and then stored for lagering.


Here are my last two lagers I brewed and both were tapped 2 weeks after kegging.

American Pilsener..


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Old 03-30-2007, 01:13 AM   #43
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If the style I'm brewing calls for clear beer, I will secondary. If it's a darker beer, I don't. I believe in the non-secondary camp, after spending time in Germany I felt like I was getting "a little more" for my money. Strain when you rack to primary, rack carefully when bottling, condition in bottles for no less than four weeks and you will have clear beer.

 
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Old 03-30-2007, 03:07 AM   #44
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I dont use a secondary... yet...

Only started the whole home brew thing a few weeks ago, som im yet to build up a good supply of brewing gear. Only got the one fermneter at the moment.

But the more I read on this forum, the more im thinking it might be about time got a second fermenter. Im a big fan of the lighter/clearer beers, and it seems a secondary would help me out with that sort of stuff.

Im planning on heading to the local home brew shop this weekend... ill probably walk away with big holes in my pockets... Ill see all this fancy stuff there that ill wanna get... but a new fermenter is definatly up there on my list...

 
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Old 03-30-2007, 11:01 AM   #45
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AleHole
From what research I have done it seems like the only people that do skip a secondary are people that are kegging.
I skip if it is a low gravity ale, that I am not going to add anything to (ie dry hop, fruit, etc). I have done 2 weeks primary, 6 weeks bottle conditioned and make some fantastic beer with it. I secondary any high gravity ale, lagers (obviously ), and additions.
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Old 03-30-2007, 11:02 AM   #46
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Strain when you rack to primary, rack carefully when bottling, condition in bottles for no less than four weeks and you will have clear beer.
I don't do these steps, but have noticed that given enough time at around 50 F most Ales clear beautifully.
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Old 03-30-2007, 11:36 AM   #47
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Secondary is easy to do and allows to procrastinate on bottling or kegging
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:14 PM   #48
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I'll skip a secondary for one beer (an American Brown) and that's only if I'm in a hurry. The rest will wait patiently to be kegged.

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Old 03-30-2007, 12:59 PM   #49
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I uese a secondary on most batches. Sometimes I'll make small test batches with no secondary, and stouts usually get an extended period in primary, about two weeks.

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Old 03-30-2007, 01:23 PM   #50
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Originally Posted by david_42
Keg from the fermenter 95% of the time. Barleywines, hopwine & meads have been the only exceptions and those are all once a year (or less) batches.
David, did you shorten the pickup tubes on your kegs? Just wondering how to avoid sediment in the keg.

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