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Old 01-19-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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I have my first batch of kit brew going. It has been going for about a week and is looking good! I have about another week before it goes into the secondary. My question is, I have picked up two 5 gal. soda kegs and would like to use these in my under construction keezer. I am wanting to know when should I keg them? Do I skip the secondary and go to the keg or would it be better to put them in the secondary and let it settle out then transfer? Thanks for the help!

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Old 01-19-2013, 07:27 PM   #2
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3 weeks primary -> keg. There's a ton of info on primary vs. secondary on this site. Do a little searching around and you'll be surprised at the wealth of knowledge that's in this forum regarding the topic.

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Ask five homebrewers, and you'll get five different answers.

For me, I rarely use a secondary unless I'm going to be aging it for a while before kegging, trying to get a super clear beer, or adding fruit or wood. However, I rarely keep beers in primary less than 3-weeks. It gives the chance for the yeast to do their duty and let it all settle real nicely.

I look at it this way (and again, you will get different answers from different folks). Every time I rack my beer, I run the risk of introducing oxygen or an infection to the beer. The less I move it, the happier it is.
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For me its 3-4 weeks primary....depending on the beer, and then staight to the keg. When I first started brewing I used a secondary all the time to clear my beer. Now I just leave it in the primary longer...it saves a step.

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