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Old 07-25-2013, 05:44 AM   #1
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Alright... My OG gravity was 1.1. I'm expecting between 10 and 11 percent final abv.
I brewed this last Sunday and now it's Wednesday, a week and a few days later, and its still bubbling every 5 seconds.
Any rule of thumb about transferring to secondary fermentor? I'm planning on harvesting and washing the yeast for my next ale. Should I wait or is it good to have some fermentation in secondary?


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Old 07-25-2013, 05:48 AM   #2
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No, i'd wait to get it down and stable before u rack over to secondary. Have u taken a gravity reading? I don'tthink something with that high an OG would be finished in this amount of time, especially if its still bubbling that often.


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I was thinking that fermenting produces the co2 and pushes the oxygen out, keeping a more sterile environment. So in general, I was thinking it would be good to rack to secondary with a little fermentation left, to push air out.
If I wait till no bubbles, will there still be co2 filling air space?
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Yes there will be some off gassing, but as long as u sanitize the secondary vessel properly and use an airlock the way u would with a primary, u'll be fine. I dunno what kind of equipment u have but I like to designate my 6.5 gallon carboys for primary and 5 gallons for secondary so the headspace isn't an issue and I know that even with minimal off gassing in secondary, it'll still be good.
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Thanks. That is what I've been thinking. Just need patience and let it do what it's doing. Don't rush the cycle.
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Just wait til u bottle it. Ur not gonna wanna wait long to crack one of them either. And with a higher OG ur gonna wanna let that condition longer then most other brews.
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+1 to needing to age this beast once it's done. i doubt it will be drinkable for at least 6 months if not 12.

also, re-using this yeast isn't a great idea. that yeast will be totally beaten up the 12% abv environment they've been hanging out in. cell walls will be weak, health will be low. this yeast should be retired after this batch.
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1. You've likely heard it before, but secondary is unnecessary.

2. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/entries/...-approach.html

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6-12 months? That's crazy. I was planning in putting in in a secondary for around 2 weeks then bottling. Is there a chart that shows how long a given beer should sit before refrigeration?
I appreciate the info. Ill probably pull a few bottles to drink and age the others.
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You should wait until all fermentation is done before transferring to secondary or you risk stalling the ferment. I'd suggest you leave this beer in the primary for some time to make sure it is done. The time frame I have in mind it 3 to 4 months. It's a big beer, the yeast will act pretty slowly trying to get the last few points of gravity down, and it will take some time to mature anyway. Then forget the secondary and if it is at FG, bottle it and wait for it to complete maturing.


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