Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Winners Drawn!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > 2 stage fermentation recommended "secondary" ??
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-15-2012, 12:52 AM   #1
BronxBrew
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Bronx, NY
Posts: 160
Liked 17 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default 2 stage fermentation recommended "secondary" ??

I notice most kits call for this. Is this a must do ? Or can i get by with just 1 carboy as a fermenter ?


BronxBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 01:15 AM   #2
OG2620
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Monmouth, Maine
Posts: 260
Liked 9 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

At this point, I think that the secondary fermenter is recommended due to an extended "aging" that would benefit the beer, mainly from a flavor standpoint, which would in turn free up your primary fermenter for a second brew. If it works for you, you can do all of the fermentation in one vessel.

It is what works for you.


OG2620 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 01:17 AM   #3
amandabab
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: spokane, wa
Posts: 1,971
Liked 240 Times on 183 Posts
Likes Given: 446

Default

you can do it all with just a primary, but its not mandatory.
amandabab is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 01:19 AM   #4
jetmac
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Mcdonough, Ga
Posts: 1,159
Liked 17 Times on 17 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

I am surprised the kit directions these days still recommend secondary, although it does depend on your recipe, generally you can skip the secondary and the beer will actually benefit from being in the primary longer.
__________________
Wayne Gretzky-"100% of the shots you don't take, don't go in

Revvy>>You shouldn't worry about ANYTHING, you didn't hurt the yeast, they know what they need to do, they want to eat all that sugar they are swimming around in. They want to pee alcohol and fart co2, it's their nature.

Bobby_M>>I flood the keg with CO2 for one minute with the lid off, rack the beer in to the bottom gently, seal it, flood it, vent it. If there's still O2 in there after that, F it.
jetmac is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 01:23 AM   #5
kh54s10
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kh54s10's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 8,034
Liked 880 Times on 734 Posts
Likes Given: 232

Default

The answer really depends on 2 things. 1) What the beer is. If it is something huge like a Barleywine which will be in the fermenter for months, it is best to transfer to secondary. 2) If you don't have enough primary fermenters and do have a secondary go ahead and transfer.

For average beers there is no real need to use a secondary.

There are still some who feel they get a cleaner beer by doing a secondary.
kh54s10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 02:52 AM   #6
MadMarty911
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Medicine Hat, AB
Posts: 63
Default

Is the point of doing a secondary to remove/filter some of the particulate. Just seems to me that you can ( if materials are available to you) to just leave what you have in the primary and leave it longer and do a different batch in another one. Or are the clearing properties worth doing a secondary? Thanks from a N00b!!
MadMarty911 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 03:02 AM   #7
BronxBrew
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Bronx, NY
Posts: 160
Liked 17 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

Thanks guys for the replys. I'm just going to stick with 4 week extract kits for now. I figured if I was in dire need of a secondary I could use my bottling bucket in a pinch.
BronxBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #8
Justintoxicated
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Escondido, CA
Posts: 257
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

I'm wondering if I should move my beer into a secondary today. Being my first beer, I poured all of the break material hops etc into the primary (in my case a 6.5 gallon glass carboy). I read that this can caused off flavors if left too long, so I was thinking to transfer it into a secondary. It's been 8 days and I haven't seen any bubbling int he airlock for at least 3 days and the krausen layer has sunk back into the beer (although there is some thin foam on the top still). I was going to do a hydrometer check then more than likely transfer to a secondary glass carboy (5 gallon).

Would this be a good idea due to my error of leaving in the break material and hops in the primary?

I don't want to open the primary (well unplug the stopper anyways) for no reason.
Justintoxicated is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 07:11 PM   #9
tryder33
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Glenville, Ny
Posts: 8
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

The are a couple main reasons for transferring into a secondary. The first thing is that it is recommended if it needs to sit for longer than 4 weeks. The trub in the bottom of the primary can lead to off flavors if sitting longer than a month. Another reason is, it should give you a clearer beer because when transferring you leave the trub in the primary and more particles will settle out in the secondary. I personally use a secondary to free up my primary, I have 2 secondaries which allows me to brew, wait a 12 days then transfer. I can start my next brew right away, another 12 days I will move that into my other secondary and then I can start my 3rd batch In 2 weeks and enjoy the fruits of 3 flavors of beer in a about a month after that.
tryder33 is offline
stevedis Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2012, 07:26 PM   #10
evrose
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Carlsbad, CA
Posts: 841
Liked 301 Times on 159 Posts
Likes Given: 234

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tryder33 View Post
The first thing is that it is recommended if it needs to sit for longer than 4 weeks. The trub in the bottom of the primary can lead to off flavors if sitting longer than a month.
According to many experienced brewers here, that's not necessarily true. Many people are having a lot of success with primaries lasting several months.


evrose is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is the "clearing stage"? BuckeyeOne Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 09-02-2011 12:47 AM
"Secondary" fermentation and its purpose/devices? joegocal Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 12-30-2010 02:25 PM
very long "secondary fermentation" sdufford Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 09-15-2010 02:45 AM
"Active" Vs. "regular" Fermentation mahilly Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 02-23-2009 07:55 AM
"Gold" brew kit 2 stage fermentation ? woollybugger2 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 02-14-2009 09:28 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS