This past weekend I brewed up my first batch of homebrew (an extract based Nut Brown Ale). It is fermenting away well, and I am really excited (it smells amazing). It is a 5 gallon batch. (You can see it bubbling at
As I ponder the the next steps, I have a couple of questions that I would appreciate clarification on.
I was originally only going to do a primary fermentation, and then bottle. However, I have decided to do a secondary fermentation, and then bottle directly from that. I am using Better Bottle Plastic carboys.
1. For the secondary, I plan on getting a 5 gallon (not 6.5 gallon carboy). Is that the correct choice?
2. Is it ok if I bottle directly from the secondary fermenter?
3. I am planning on getting a hydrometer. How do I get the sample from the wort in a carboy?
4. Is there a particular type of siphon I should get to move the wort between primary and secondary carboys? I want whatever will be the easiest to use.
5. Anyone have experience with http://www.northernbrewer.com?
I was planning to get the materials from there.
6. the wort is ready to move to secondary when the hydrometer reading has been stable for 3 days. Is that correct?
Thanks for any help and input. The forum has been a great resource so far (I read through it every night).