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Old 10-05-2012, 01:34 AM   #1
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First brew,

I brewed an ale kit on Sunday, by Monday afternoon it was bubbling pretty good. Now (Thursday) its down to a single bubble every 30 seconds. Should I rack it into a secondary this weekend or give it another week?
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:35 AM   #2
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First brew,

I brewed an ale kit on Sunday, by Monday afternoon it was bubbling pretty good. Now (Thursday) its down to a single bubble every 30 seconds. Should I rack it into a secondary this weekend or give it another week?
Skip the secondary and just leave it in primary for 3 weeks. Problem solved.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:38 AM   #3
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Will I just not get that great an improvement by doing a secondary?
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:45 AM   #4
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Secondary is not necessary. Do not use the airlock as an indicator of fermentation. Use a hydrometer or refractometer and test the specific gravity. Once it has stabilized for 3 or more days it will be safe to bottle.

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Old 10-05-2012, 01:45 AM   #5
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Will I just not get that great an improvement by doing a secondary?
Read this thread. It will answer all your questions. Short answer: unless you are adding fruit, dry hopping, or doing very long extended aging, most beers don't need a secondary. It won't hurt things, but to many it's not worth the effort.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:50 AM   #6
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Ok, I'm getting what you're saying.

Let me ask ya another question. If I wanna brew another batch, can I rack the first so I have room in my 6.5 bucket for another fermentation? :-)
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:21 AM   #7
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You could. Or you could buy another cheap food grade bucket to ferment your next brew in, leaving your present brew on the yeast to clean up fermentation by-products, and get the pipeline growing even better.

 
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:33 AM   #8
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Either get another fermenter or use your secondary as another primary.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:42 AM   #9
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I don't have another primary, was planning on getting a secondary this weekend. But maybe I've been reading too much. Current plan is to stop by the LHBS and just get another 6.5 bucket/lid/airlock for a fresh batch.
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I think that's the way to go.
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