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Old 04-21-2008, 01:58 PM   #1
Oct 2007
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I just brewed a Witbier, since it will be cloudy by nature is a secondary necessary?

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Old 04-21-2008, 02:50 PM   #2
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Jan 2008
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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No you really don't NEED a secondary on most beers. It is used for clearing, and aging. So if neither of those are important to you, then you can skip that step. If you do opt to skip the secondary make sure you let it sit long enough in the primary. You don't want to bottle a beer that is not finished.
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:56 PM   #3
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Personally I've not used a secondary on any beer of mine except my first. Secondary is usually good to get the beer off the old yeast and to aid in clearing, but since switching to 21day minimum primary I've had great results with clarity and no need to secondary.

The BJCP guidelines for Witbier:
Appearance: Very pale straw to very light gold in color. The beer will be very cloudy from starch haze and/or yeast, which gives it a milky, whitish-yellow appearance. Dense, white, moussy head. Head retention should be quite good.
That pretty much tells me I'd want to avoid a secondary altogether. YMMV

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Old 04-21-2008, 10:55 PM   #4
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secondary depends on the style. for wit, i'd say no secondary, period. maybe 10 days total in primary, and assuming your gravity readings are good, bottle it and wait.
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10

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Old 04-21-2008, 11:34 PM   #5
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...and the opposition says... I secondary my wheat beers for the simple reason it allows more yeast to fall out of suspension. You can always add more yeast from the secondary while racking to the bottling bucket/keg.

Doing this will reduce the amount of sediment in your bottles, but contain enough to make the brew cloudy again while pouring.

The choice is yours...enjoy either way!
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