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Old 02-23-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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Alright, so my LHBC is having a compitition for Scottish and Irish Ales. The winner of the Scottish Ale gets to go to a local microbrewery and help them brew up a 500 gallon batch. I really would like to win this, so I am going to ask the advice of you all on one important thing...

I'm reading that racking into a secondary really isn't all that important, but one of my beer mags says to always do it to help clarify. If I'm going to do it, it needs to be now as time is running short. I have about 2 inches of trub at the bottom, and A LOT of heather floating at the top. My air lock is down to about once every 45 seconds, so if I'm going to do it it needs to be now... What do you all say?

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Old 02-23-2012, 03:01 PM   #2
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For the record, that 500 gallon batch would be of my recipie. I spent A LOT of time concocting it, pulling on various traditional recipies and while following the BJCP. So, it's kinda a big deal... lol


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Old 02-23-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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keep it in primary at least another week... that's my vote.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:09 PM   #4
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Well, it's been in the primary for 11 days now, and the compitition is March 11. That gives me only two weeks of bottle conditioning... So I need to decide if I should just go from primary to bottle, or add a very brief secondary to help things clarify...

I do appreciate your response!
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:52 PM   #5
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Primary. Then bottle. Check your gravity and make sure it's finished. No sense in rushing it and sending in a "green" beer to a competition.
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Look up "cold crash". I would cold crash for a couple days in your primary before bottling as long as you hit your FG.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:19 PM   #7
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You don't have time for a secondary. Do you not have a hydrometer?
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Thanks for the replies.

Blood, yeah I've heard of cold crashing, though I have no experiance... I think I've hit my FG (although not tested) but my wife wouldn't bee to happy with me rearranging the fridge to put my carboy in... But good idea, lets hope the temp drops enough for me to do that. (I have it fermenting in my garage as it has been a steady 64 degrees out there)

40watt, I do have a hydrometer... And to answer any potential questions, my OG was 1.056.

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40watt, I do have a hydrometer... And to answer any potential questions, my OG was 1.056.
I'm pretty sure the question had to to with current readings, not OG readings. The number of seconds in between your airlock bubbling tells you nothing about how close the beer is to being finished. Also, your beer won't really clarify much better (or even any better) in a secondary versus primary fermentor, given the same amount of time in each. I'd just hold out until it's ready to bottle.
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That beer is going to be green, 11 days is short and you're not even sure if it is finished fermenting. Perhaps if you pitched a massive starter it could be finishing up.
It won't be ideal, but you're going to need to cold crash and bottle soon to have about 2weeks conditioning time.
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