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Old 10-21-2012, 04:41 AM   #1
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Default To secondary or not to secondary, that is the question

Your guidance would be appreciated.

I have a primary and secondary both full right now. Today I added another primary and brewed NB's Newcastle clone.

Next weekend I will bottle the Furious that is in the secondary, and rack the Mongoose to the secondary.

Should I rack the Nukey to the empty 6 gallon carboy, or buy another 5 gallon secondary, or just skip the secondary on the Nukey?


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Old 10-21-2012, 04:52 AM   #2
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Dude - I'd love to have your problems. I've got two primaries and a bottling bucket. Never used a secondary.


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Skip secondary. I'm a big supporter of three week primary then keg. Only time I use a secondary is if I'm adding something (vanilla, fruit, spices etc.)
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Skip secondary. I'm a big supporter of three week primary then keg. Only time I use a secondary is if I'm adding something (vanilla, fruit, spices etc.)

+1. I've only used a secondary a couple times, once when I added something and once for a longer aging process. For a standard beer, I just don't think its worth it. I agree, three weeks in the primary then keg/bottle. Just my two cents.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:18 AM   #5
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And yet another thread should I secondary or not... BTW do you guys know that the president brews?
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His cooks do the brewing. I wonder if he makes the recipes? I don't secondary my average ales either. Not worth it to me. Just primary till stable & cleared. Then bottle away.
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IF you want to secondary, either buy another 5 gallon carboy, or wait until the mongoose is bottled. moving the beer from the primary to a 6 gallon secondary will be too much head space if you do as you should , and wait until fermentation is done before racking to secondary. As has been posted a lot ( most?) do not use a secondary.. I do with every brew and I cold crash everything before kegging also...others don't. whatever works best for you is what works best for you...
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I secondary almost all beers, but would not hesitate to skip the step...do both and decide which YOU are more comfortable with.
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To Secondary? Or, not to Secondary? -- that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
the Attenuation and Flocculation of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of little bubbles,
And by opposing end them (with Fermcap). To die, to Steep
No more...

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