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Old 08-13-2008, 07:39 PM   #1
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I'm brewing a best bitter clone at the moment, and started thinking about whether to rack to a secondary. And that made me wonder what styles would benefit time in a secondary as well.

So, in general, is there any style that really needs some time in a secondary? Should I put my best bitter english ale in a secondary when the time comes?



 
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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I only secondary when I want something to age longer, when I want to dry hop, or when I want to add something different like oak. Otherwise, I don't bother.

Everyone is different and it is really up to you in the long run. You might benefit from a clearer beer, but that isn't always the case. A longer primary is usually good enough or even a cold crash.



 
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:46 PM   #3
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I agree. Here is my version of the list:
- all high gravity brews (best to age in volume)
- very roasty beers (e.g., stouts, porters) that benefit from extended aging
- any beer where you add fruit, dry hops, oak chips, etc.

 
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:14 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by FlyGuy View Post
I agree. Here is my version of the list:
- all high gravity brews (best to age in volume)
- very roasty beers (e.g., stouts, porters) that benefit from extended aging
- any beer where you add fruit, dry hops, oak chips, etc.
+1, that pretty much sums it up .
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:24 PM   #5
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I use secondarys for everything.. just seems to make sence to help keep the beer clear of junk


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