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  1. Architect-Dave

    Fermentation Activity in Beer Secondary Fermenter

    Hi all - I am brewing up a batch of Cream Ale (from extract). I had it in the primary for about three weeks and it was quite active and did the typical calming down after a while - typical good brewing cycle. There was no activity by the end of that period so I moved it to my secondary...
  2. C

    Do some winemakers really ferment 'dry' before moving to an airlock?

    I'm confused by what some winemakers mean when they say that wines are fermented 'dry' during primary fermentation (by 'primary' I mean open to air). How can they be fermented 'dry' in primary if the wines are moved to airlock vessels when the SG is still 1.020-1.030? Is it the case that some...
  3. J

    Secondary Fermenting

    OK, so I hope I don't offend anyone with my idiocy but I have a question regarding secondary fermentation. After all there's no stupid questions right!.. I know secondary fermentation is a thing that many brewers do to acheieve a better clarity to the beer. My first ever brew, I seived the...
  4. T

    Rule of thumb - Secondary fermentation / conditioning

    I'm on my second home beer but first one not from a kit and am wondering about secondary fermentation or really conditioning. I know there's debate whether that is truly necessary but that's not my question here because I already moved to secondary vessel because I use that opportunity to dry...
  5. M

    Secondary fermentation and why it makes me crazy

    Why must we all misconstrue secondary fermentation? In this article I will attempt to set straight how to use and how not to use a secondary fermenter. There are two basic schools of thought for fermenting ales: 1. Primary only 2. Primary and Secondary: However, most people do not know what...
  6. M

    Secondary fermentation and why it makes me crazy

    Why must we all misconstrue secondary fermentation? In this article I will attempt to set straight how to use and how not to use a secondary fermenter. There are two basic schools of thought for fermenting ales: 1. Primary only 2. Primary and Secondary: However, most people do not know what...
  7. CrimsonYellow

    Secondary Fermentation with Spice Infused Whisky?

    Hi guys, I tried to search the forum for secondary fermentation with whisky and somehow could only find whisky infusions using wood chips. :tinhat: My brew day, this weekend (my first recipe), is a Vanilla, Cinnamon, Nutmeg Porter. Hops - Williamette and WGV. Pre-mash volume - 18L Batch...
  8. Westgaard

    How much is too much?

    Good afternoon, Bottled/racked to second fermentation an apple wine today and I can’t tell if I need to add some fluid to the bottle or if there is enough in there to keep it from having too much oxygen exposure. I put a pinch of sugar in thinking that I might be able to get a small fermentation...
  9. B

    Carboy for F2

    Hey! I'm currently brewing 6.5 gallons of kombucha for a small market and I'm still perplexed as to how I should efficiently do the secondary fermentation and bottling. I was wondering if it would be possible to use 5 gal carboys for secondary fermentation and flavoring? Then just filter...
  10. Merds

    Russian Imperial Stout - Sudden Mold?

    I have an Imperial Stout that I brewed back Jan 27th. It's been sitting in secondary for about 3 months now and everything was just fine - just haven't been able to get to bottling till this month. All of a sudden about 3 days ago I noticed there was some floaters in it. They appear to have...
  11. N

    Second Fermenter?

    I have recently just started home brewing and absolutely love it. Although it has only been a few months, I have brewed one beer a month since starting. I know I am still very inexperienced but I have been starting to think more about adding a second fermenter to my setup. From what I have...
  12. Z

    Dry hopping advice needed

    Hello, greetings to everyone. This is my first time posting, but I have been reading tons of threads on here throughout my entire brew so thank you all for the wonderful information so far. I have my very first beer in secondary fermentation in a 5 gallon glass carboy currently, I plan to...
  13. A

    Blending too bitter IPA with unhopped wort in secondary fermenter

    Hello everyone! Recently I brewed my first IPA with chinese Nugget, and I had a sip of that yesterday after gravity reading and it's bitterness is way too harsh. It's been fermenting for 11 days already including 5 days of secondary. People say here that bitterness mellows with aging, but I want...
  14. MaxTheSpy

    Secondary Fermentation Mead

    I've noticed that When I rack from primary into secondary (same size container as the first) I gain headroom because I leave out the sediment on the bottom, Headroom in secondary isn't good from what I hear so is there anything that I can do to take up that room? Could I fill it with a gas of...
  15. M

    First one gallon batch... not clearing

    Made my first ever small batch with 1 gallon Whole Foods spring water and 3 Lbs honey, with 30 Whole Foods organic Thompson seedless grapes and 1/3 packet Red Star Premier Blanc yeast. Pitched on Nov 2. Primary seemed normal from what I've read online. Racked to secondary 1 gallon carboy on...
  16. C

    Best Secondary Fermenter?

    Hi, I recently purchased the 7 gal SS brew bucket fermenter which I’m using for my primary. Would it be worth getting another to use as a secondary fermenter or would a carboy still be best since it has reduced headspace? I like the idea of being able to bottle using gravity rather than a siphon...
  17. Craftsman76

    NEIPA secondary fermentor issue

    Anyone see this before? I have brewed a few juicy style NEIPA all were good and held their color even after 8 weeks in the keg. I only made some minor tweaks to recipe but this one turned on me, a day after transferring to secondary. I had a beautiful hazy yellow/orange color in primary and...
  18. sandphan

    Have I ruined my beer!? - secondary fermentation

    I recently started my first batch of beer. I am making a Rose Petal IPA. I recently siphoned into secondary 3 days ago. I steeped some rose petals and put them in a mushlin bag and into the carboy to float. I was worried about the carbonation from the rose petals because they were not sunk to...
  19. sandphan

    Dry Hopping with Rose Petals

    Hi! I recently started homebrewing and am making a Rose Petal IPA. I just siphoned it into a secondary two days ago. I boiled 1 cup of water and 2oz of rose petals and then put the rosewater in the bottom of my secondary and the steeped roses in a muschlin bag and inside of the carboy. I...
  20. S

    How to properly added pumpkin pie spice

    I’m brewing a pumpkin beer and plan on adding some pumpkin pie spice during secondary fermentation. I’ve never added a spice or anything other than sealed packages of hops directly to the carboys during fermentation. Is there anything I need to do to the actual spice to prevent contamination or...
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