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Old 06-30-2011, 11:23 AM   #1
Mar 2011
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why would one use a secondary fermenter? is it always necessary to do so? and also which is the best way to prime,from your experience?

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Old 06-30-2011, 11:30 AM   #2
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Racking to a secondary is not necessary. The only time I secondary is if I'm aging a beer for more than a month or if I'm adding fruit to a beer. When it comes to priming, I would highly recommend getting an autosiphon. They are relatively inexpensive and they work great.
Ontap: Hard Cider
Primary: IIPA, All-Tythos IPA
On Deck: Munich Dunkel, Classic Rauch, Breakfast Porter, American Stout

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Old 06-30-2011, 11:43 AM   #3
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+1 secondary not usually needed; primary for 3-4 weeks.

When you say priming do you mean for carbonation? If so, use corn or table sugar to prime your beer for bottling.

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Old 06-30-2011, 11:49 AM   #4
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To Secondary or Not.

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Old 06-30-2011, 11:58 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Revvy
Look how easy that was, revvy Haha

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