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Old 07-08-2013, 01:45 AM   #1
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Default Secondary fermentation

I'm new to brewing and a tad short on cash. I would like to try brewing a fruit beer, but a lot of the recipes I'm finding call for a secondary fermenter. Could I siphon my beer from my primary (6 gallon carboy) to a bottling bucket, cover, clean and resanitize my primary and refill it for use as a secondary? This would be a temporary fix until I can get another carboy or a fermenting bucket.

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Old 07-08-2013, 02:41 AM   #2
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The problem with moving the beer x amount of times (primary to bottling, bottling to primary/secondary-and than-secondary to bottling bucket and bottling bucket to bottle/keg) is the possibility of oxidization and contamination. Some think oxidation is impossible at the homebrew level but this remains debate-able. But the increased risk of contamination is a serious concern.

However, you plan would work. As long as you are safe.
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If you have a Lowes nearby, they carry 5-gallon food grade white plastic buckets and lids in the paint dept. Very inexpensive.
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