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Primary for 1 week and secondary for 3 weeks. 6 27.27%
Primary for 2-3 weeks and secondary for 1-2 weeks. 16 72.73%
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:50 AM   #1
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Would you rather primary for 7 days, then secondary for 2-3 weeks OR primary for 2-3 weeks and secondary for 1-2 weeks? Why?
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:55 AM   #2
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None of the above. If primary only were an option I'd pick that.

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Old 02-07-2014, 12:57 AM   #3
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I'd rather primary for 2-4 weeks for a standard gravity beer, 5-8 weeks for something higher in alcohol, and that's it.

I only secondary for fruit beers and sour beers.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:57 AM   #4
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Ditto. I'd rather primary and secondary simultaneously, in the same vessel for two weeks.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:59 AM   #5
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Ditto. I'd rather primary and secondary simultaneously, in the same vessel for two weeks.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:09 AM   #6
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Primary for 2 weeks and straight to kegs for 99% of my beers.

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Old 02-07-2014, 01:13 AM   #7
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I'm in the neither camp as well. The only things I secondary right now are lagers after at least a month, and my Mead. The only other times I'm currently doing a secondary is the rare time I do a Strong/Old/Barleywine/Imperial Stout. And that is also after about four weeks so it can condition on yeast with out a huge yeast cake of trub and settled junk.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:26 AM   #8
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I primary for 10-14 days and then keg. Finish in the keg. Works out well. Big beers just sit in the keg longer until they are ready. IPAs get carbed and consumed. The rest are somewhere in between. Secondary fermenters just add one more step to contaminate. There are some times where they are good or required but those are few and far between for me. I don't know where this notion comes from that you have to put every beer into a secondary. What a waste of time.

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Old 02-07-2014, 02:05 AM   #9
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Primary only, 10-21 days, straight to keg.
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:15 AM   #10
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I am also in the Primary only for most of my beers. I will move to a secondary only if I think I will have more than the usually yeast cake size.

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