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Old 11-22-2012, 05:38 AM   #51
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Haha, Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Somehow I doubt even Thanksgiving Day dinner could keep my mind off of brewing, even with us hosting and having plenty to do all day!
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:28 AM   #52
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Haha, Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Somehow I doubt even Thanksgiving Day dinner could keep my mind off of brewing, even with us hosting and having plenty to do all day!
I hear ya! I've been on HBT at least 5x today even with a house full of guests.

 
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:12 AM   #53
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Hey Guys,

I am a pretty new brewer. I did some brewing a few years back but it was a fully prepared malt extract (just add yeast). I just recently got back into it and moved to Extract/Grain.

My question is: it seems like it arguable how long to leave your brew in the primary for but it seems noone is talking about the secondary (carboy). It was my understanding that you left it in the primary until a certain point and then move it to secondary until it is ready to bottle. What is that point (if you want to use a carboy).

Do people not use carboys much? if so, why?

Thanks for the help guys! This forum is great.

Matty

 
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:24 AM   #54
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Hey Guys,

I am a pretty new brewer. I did some brewing a few years back but it was a fully prepared malt extract (just add yeast). I just recently got back into it and moved to Extract/Grain.

My question is: it seems like it arguable how long to leave your brew in the primary for but it seems noone is talking about the secondary (carboy). It was my understanding that you left it in the primary until a certain point and then move it to secondary until it is ready to bottle. What is that point (if you want to use a carboy).

Do people not use carboys much? if so, why?

Thanks for the help guys! This forum is great.

Matty
Probably half the brewers here use carboys (glass and plastic).

I'd guess 90% of the brewers here don't do a secondary. The reasoning is that there is very little advantage over just leaving it in the primary. Most brewers here do a 2-week primary. I do 3, just to be sure, and some do a little less. Beer will clear more quickly if you do use a secondary, but the added risk of contamination and the hassle isn't justifiable unless you are in a big hurry to have a clear beer.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:32 AM   #55
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Probably half the brewers here use carboys (glass and plastic).

I'd guess 90% of the brewers here don't do a secondary. The reasoning is that there is very little advantage over just leaving it in the primary. Most brewers here do a 2-week primary. I do 3, just to be sure, and some do a little less. Beer will clear more quickly if you do use a secondary, but the added risk of contamination and the hassle isn't justifiable unless you are in a big hurry to have a clear beer.
Wow ok. Thanks for the info!

So you can you use JUST a carboy? Doesn't that make it hard to pitch the yeast through the little spout?

 
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:44 AM   #56
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Wow ok. Thanks for the info!

So you can you use JUST a carboy? Doesn't that make it hard to pitch the yeast through the little spout?
Nah, use a sanitized funnel, or pour carefully. I've never used a bucket. I must be one of the 10% ers, because I almost always use a secondary. Personal preference.

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Old 11-26-2012, 01:00 PM   #57
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Probably half the brewers here use carboys (glass and plastic).

I'd guess 90% of the brewers here don't do a secondary. The reasoning is that there is very little advantage over just leaving it in the primary. Most brewers here do a 2-week primary. I do 3, just to be sure, and some do a little less. Beer will clear more quickly if you do use a secondary, but the added risk of contamination and the hassle isn't justifiable unless you are in a big hurry to have a clear beer.
yup.

I do a secondary if I have to push my schedule. It'll clarify beer sooner than just leaving in the primary - but if I have time I just leave it in my primary carboy.

 
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:04 PM   #58
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Wow ok. Thanks for the info!

So you can you use JUST a carboy? Doesn't that make it hard to pitch the yeast through the little spout?
I just pour the yeast in. No funnel here. Never been an issue.

I'm not sure what you mean by "JUST". If you are thinking about buckets, I've never used a bucket for fermenting. I've never used anything but carboys.
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