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Old 02-02-2013, 06:13 AM   #1
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I thought my beer was done in Primary (without Hydrometer reading, bubbles only), so I positioned my carboy to rack to a secondary. In the process, I think I moved some yeast around. Now my airlock is bubbling again.
Any harm in racking to secondary before knowing if it's some?

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:14 AM   #2
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Know if it's done, that is.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:17 AM   #3
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You can, but I wouldn't recommend it. Has all the krausen dropped?

What likely happened is some co2 just came out of solution when you moved it.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:29 AM   #4
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Krausen dropped several days ago. It was a rapid fermentation.
I just moved it back to fermentation spot and it stopped bubbling.
I saw yeast junks diving, not much though.
I'll take your advice and wait until I can get a few readings.

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Old 02-02-2013, 06:36 AM   #5
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As Revvy is so fond of pointing out, whether there are bubbles coming out of your airlock or not isn't really very useful information at this point. If it's been fermenting a while and the krausen fell, in all likelihood it is done, but you just don't have all the information you need.

Take a hydrometer reading. Then wait two days and take another. If it is the same, off you go. If it is lower, then wait a few more days. When you're stable for 2-3 days, you know fermentation is compete; that is the only actual fact that tells you it is done. Use that approach with every single beer you ever brew, and you won't be guessing any more.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:39 AM   #6
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:41 AM   #7
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Check the gravity and if you get the same reading over three days then consider racking to secondary. Unless you are adding fruit or such then there is no need for the secondary. No need to rush. Good beer takes time. When you think it is done... Wait.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:22 AM   #8
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Yup, get a hydrometer. The only way to tell it's done or not.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:14 PM   #9
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If you can, just skip the whole secondary thing.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:18 PM   #10
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How long was it in primary? Just wait three weeks in primary then rack. Three weeks should be plenty of time without having to take multiple readings.
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