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Old 02-25-2013, 07:31 PM   #11
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FWIW, I stopped using a secondary many years ago.

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:40 PM   #12
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Secondarys certainly have a purpose, but are really only required in special circumstances, like any beer that requires long-term aging (high ABV, lagers, sours), or special additions to the beer (fruit, woods, etc.).

For standard ales, the only real reason to use a secondary is pure cosmetics in helping to clear the beer. There are certainly lots of other ways to accomplish that goal as well without use of secondary, like whirlfloc/irish moss in the boil, gelatin, and cold-crashing.

If you don't care about the factors above on any given brew, no reason to secondary. Personally, I rarely secondary for anything I'm going to drink at home, but I often secondary for beers that I know are going to be contest entries.

Secondary is far from required, but don't let anyone tell you that you NEVER need them, because they have their purposes.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:47 PM   #13
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It'll settle out in its own in a couple weeks.

Oh, and you can put the gravity sample in the little storage tube that the hydrometer came in. That way, your samples use about half the amount of beer that you'd use in the big sample tube. Cheers!
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:12 PM   #14
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I'm actually using a SS conical, so there is no transfer to secondary. My buddy let go of it for cheap

Anyway, at this point I will need to start applying this rule on this next weekend's batch. I already dumped the yeast and have since started to dry hop. It does smell (and taste) great! I can't wait to discover what it tastes like after reading all this...

Thanks guys! I'll send an update following the cycle of my next batch...

 
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:30 AM   #15
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oh! well, if i had a conical, id be dumping the yeast after you have reached FG for at least a week or two. I don't secondary, but there's no reason to take unnecessary risks. IMHO if you have a conical, do a dump.

 
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