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Old 05-05-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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Default Racking into bottling bucket for secondary?

Hey everyone,

I was thinking of racking into secondary for a hefeweizen just to help with clarity. Can I rack into the bottling bucket with a built in spigot? I feel like the inch of space under the interior spigot opening is perfect go collecting sediment.

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:14 PM   #2
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you can if you really want to. However with your hefewizen it shouldn't be really getting clear due to the yeast. Also from experience I know my bottling bucket has a very slow leak at the spigot but a leak none the less. I would just let it ride out the two weeks in the primary and then bottle or if you want to start using a secondary invest in a better bottle as it will reduce the amount of headspace that needs to be purged by the remaining fermentation once you transfer.

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:21 PM   #3
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But if you use your bottling bucket for a clearing vessel (not a great idea due to the very wide headspace once fermentation has slowed/stopped), how will you mix your priming sugar into the beer without disturbing the sediment on the bottom? I can't picture how that would work.

I'd leave it sit where it is, until it's time to bottle then rack the beer into the priming solution in the bottling bucket.
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I would shy away from that. As noted, headspace and mixing your priming sugar could lead to issues. A friend of mine who's been brewing for 10 years, and recently got me into it, just got a conical fermenter. He attempted to add priming solution directly into the fermenter and bottle from there, but 90% of his bottles didn't carb. Not sure if it was due to very little yeast in suspension or if the sugar didn't mix well, but it lead to a less than desirable outcome
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All answers good here. And Heffe's aren't supposed to be clear anyway. They are cloudy by nature.

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