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Old 03-25-2008, 04:17 PM   #11
Jan 2007
San Diego, CA
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Used to secondary all the time per the sentiment on this forum. then I figured WHY am I doing all this extra work and chance of getting infected? Never had a problem and usually bottle in 3-4 weeks anyway. figure it gives the yeast a chance to finish their job and don't have to take fg readings until I bottle.

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Old 03-25-2008, 04:28 PM   #12
Mar 2008
Burnaby BC Canada
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Hmmm... Doesn't it depend on the type of beer you want to make? I mean, a stout or darker beer can simply stay in the primary for a few weeks. But if you want a blonde clear summer beer wouldn't a secondary be a good idea just to get the clearity?

Should I dare to simply use the primary and bottle/keg (using the tap-a-draft) and expect the same clearity that I get from doing the secondary method?
FERMENTING: Mexican Cerveza
TAP-A-DRAFT: Coopers Stout, Honey Ale

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Old 03-25-2008, 06:15 PM   #13
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Feb 2007
New Jersey
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technically, each bottle or keg is itself a secondary. All its doing is clearing and aging, the vessel is not important. Therefore you should, in time, get just as clear beer as with a proper secondary. I've done a super light summer ale in primary only, and by the time they were drinkable, they were crystal clear. But, some yeast stay in suspension longer by nature, the above beer was a dry yeast and they tend to settle out quick and thoroughly.

I have a question on this topic: Some say that with the prolonged primary, the yeast are still cleaning up ferm. flavors and such. Wouldn't this still occur in the secondary? there is still much yeast in suspension, enough to form another cake in the secondary. I would also assume that the cleaning up of flavors is happening throughout the wort by the suspended yeast, not just near the cake. I haven't read anything along these lines in the recent "2ndary or no 2ndary" threads, and have been wondering about it much lately.

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Old 03-25-2008, 11:16 PM   #14
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Jan 2008
Harrisburg, PA
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I always do 10-14 in a primary then I transfer it to a corny keg and force carb. Never had an issue.

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