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Old 01-31-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
Oct 2012
Waco, TX
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I don't have my fermenter with me. I brewed this batch at home and went back to college. Is it vital that I rack to a secondary? It's an AHS Texas blonde. Would it be okay if I left it in the primary or should I drive back and move it to a secondary? Thank you.

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Old 01-31-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
May 2012
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Leave it in the primary. Unless you are planning on dry hopping, adding fruit/spices, or aging for an extended period of time, there is no real advantage to using a secondary.

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:13 PM   #3
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It will not harm your beer taste to leave it in the primary. I usually only rack to secondary for dry hopping or to slightly filter the beer by removing it from all the trub and hops.

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:14 PM   #4
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There is a thread by this same name floating out there. If you do a search for it you'll come across. Lots of opinions but in the end they all make beer.

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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Not vital at all. In fact, mostly unnecessary, unless you have a good reason, such as the ones that heyblinkin mentioned. Some folks like to use a secondary to let their beer clear, which in that case it's not really a secondary at all, but there are many of us who don't bother with it and view transferrig to a clearing vessel as having more potential risks/downsides than benefits.

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:22 PM   #6
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Can you secondary ferment ales also?

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Old 01-31-2013, 09:20 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by finigan4710 View Post
Can you secondary ferment ales also?
Yes, but all fermentation should be completed before racking to secondary.
Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement.

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