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Old 08-07-2008, 05:05 PM   #1
Matt Up North
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I made a small brown with a starting gravity of 1.040. I racked to secondary monday 8/4 and want to know if it will be finished sooner or should I just let it hang in secondary for the two weeks. It seems to be still fermenting at a snails pace (bubbles on top of brew) which makes me say that it won't hurt it to hang out.

I figure bottle it maybe next thursday with enough aging in time for Harvest time around here. Takes a lot of beer to make good wine!

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Old 08-07-2008, 05:09 PM   #2
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You you have a hydrometer. If you racked to secondary it should of been done fermenting all the way. The secondary is just a bulk aging and clearing tank. No active fermentation should be taking place in the secondary. How long was it in primary? You could leave this in secondary for months and months and it will be fine.
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Old 08-07-2008, 10:53 PM   #3
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airlock will lie to you. a hydrometer won't (assuming you've calibrated it).

how long was it in primary? what's the gravity now? what was it when you racked???
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:04 PM   #4
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don't rack to secondary (clearing vessel) until your beer is completely finished fermenting!
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