Racking to secondary questions - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Racking to secondary questions

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-14-2008, 06:06 PM   #1
BADS197
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Posts: 471


I looked at my rasberry red ale this morning and the pigment is gone out of the rasberies.

It looks like someone's brain exploded in my fermenter and there is brain matter everywhere.

It's been 6 days...

Is it ok to rack to secondary and let the fermentation continue? I would think all the juice is out of the berries and all that is left is a mess on the top.

Will the fermentation continue in the secondary as in will the yeast be abundant to finish up?


??

thanks

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 06:13 PM   #2
oberon567
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Cambridge, MA
Posts: 263
Liked 6 Times on 2 Posts


Plenty of yeast make their way into the secondary. No worries.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 11:12 PM   #3
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,763
Liked 8031 Times on 5610 Posts


I just saw this- and I have to disagree. You should never rack off of the yeast cake until fermentation is finished, and until the yeast have had a chance to "clean up" after themselves. The "secondary" is more properly called a clearing vessel, and in the breweries it's called a "bright tank". That is just a step in clearing and conditioning the beer- no actual fermentation takes place. Some of the older wisdom is to remove the beer from the yeast cake ASAP, to prevent autolysis. But the current practices show that autolysis is not really an issue, and not really a concern for homebrewers who leave their beer up to a month in the primary.

Usually, the beer will drop a point or two after being racked, but you can't count on that.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 11:20 PM   #4
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
"Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,926
Liked 3201 Times on 1889 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by YooperBrew View Post
I just saw this- and I have to disagree. You should never rack off of the yeast cake until fermentation is finished, and until the yeast have had a chance to "clean up" after themselves. The "secondary" is more properly called a clearing vessel, and in the breweries it's called a "bright tank". That is just a step in clearing and conditioning the beer- no actual fermentation takes place. Some of the older wisdom is to remove the beer from the yeast cake ASAP, to prevent autolysis. But the current practices show that autolysis is not really an issue, and not really a concern for homebrewers who leave their beer up to a month in the primary.

Usually, the beer will drop a point or two after being racked, but you can't count on that.
I agree with Yoop on this. And you really can't judge your finished color until it's finished everything, including bottle conditioning, and the beer is happilly sitting in your glass. Even trying to gauge color in the Bright tank, is difficult, since the light refraction of the glass or plastic affects it...in other owrds, walk away from the beer, it is fine.
__________________
Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2008, 11:24 PM   #5
Engelramm
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Lexington, Kentucky
Posts: 150

I agree with Yooper here.
I'm no expert, and I don't want to start a "Secondary or No Secondary" debate, but I leave all of mine in the primary for 3 weeks before I check gravity and bottle. My beers just taste better this way...and they're clearer too.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2008, 02:48 AM   #6
oberon567
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Cambridge, MA
Posts: 263
Liked 6 Times on 2 Posts


Sorry - I agree with y'all too...

I had read BADS197's post really quickly, and I thought the question was just in regards to whether there would be enough yeast leftover to "finish up," which in my quick glance equated to bottle carbonate.

Wait until your entire fermentation has finished in your primary, and then wait a little longer. Only then decide what to do next, ie go toa secondary if that's your thing, or bottle/keg. (And, at that point, if you choose to bottle, no matter how clear your beer is and no matter how large the yeast cake on the bottom of your primary is, there will more likely than not be more than enough yeast left in solution to carbonate! )

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Secondary Racking Questions KevinJ Cider Forum 1 06-24-2009 08:00 PM
Racking to Secondary CPooley4 General Techniques 7 05-24-2009 02:06 PM
Racking And Secondary Questions PUNKYBREWER Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 25 05-20-2009 02:07 PM
Racking to Secondary... mhdfj2 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 04-04-2008 11:46 AM
Secondary racking and dry hop questions kfgolfer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 12-29-2006 05:54 PM


Forum Jump