Am I Racking My Pumkin Beer Too Early?

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Been in the primary for a day over a week now and I was going to transfer it to a secondary, but is it rreally all that necessary? What do you guys think? Should I just Keg/Bottle it now or let it sit in a secondary for another week?
 

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if you are a day over a week, "now" is way too early to do anything with it.

let it sit at least one more week if you plan to rack it to secondary. let it sit in secondary for 2 weeks.

let it sit three more weeks in primary if you are going to skip the secondary.
 

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Do you have real pumpkin in the boil/fermenter? If so you will need a secondary or even a tertiary...It is one of the few things I use a secondary for. I tried to do my usualy long primary once, and it was a mess. It clogged the bottling wand to no end.
 

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Do you have real pumpkin in the boil/fermenter? If so you will need a secondary or even a tertiary...It is one of the few things I use a secondary for. I tried to do my usualy long primary once, and it was a mess. It clogged the bottling wand to no end.
Glad I read this thread! I made my first pumpkin a little earlier then the OP and was just planning on a long primary. Thanks Revvy!
 
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Do you have real pumpkin in the boil/fermenter? If so you will need a secondary or even a tertiary...It is one of the few things I use a secondary for. I tried to do my usualy long primary once, and it was a mess. It clogged the bottling wand to no end.
"Do you have real pumpkin in the boil/fermenter? If so you will need a secondary or even a tertiary...It is one of the few things I use a secondary for. I tried to do my usualy long primary once, and it was a mess. It clogged the bottling wand to no end."

I mashed with it so it is all filtered out to prevent that.

"Been in the primary for a day over a week now and I was going to transfer it to a secondary, but is it rreally all that necessary? What do you guys think? Should I just Keg/Bottle it now or let it sit in a secondary for another week?"

Hmm. I usually wait roughly a week to either transfer to secondary or rack the brew. I figure it's at least done fermenting, it can condition other places. Seems to turn out fine for me. Any reason you suggest otherwise?
 

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the longer you let that one set,the better.

( last night I opened one of my pumkin ales from last year. it was very nice, but could use at least one more year.) the spice was still just too much.
 

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I just bottled my pumpkin ale last week. I let mine primary for 3.5 weeks then secondary with my spices for another week then racked to my bottling bucket. When I tasted it, it was amazing, definitely the best beer to date. I would definitely let it spend at least 3 weeks in primary even if you are going to secondary.
 
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alright. I'll let her sit. So hard to do...
 

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Do you have real pumpkin in the boil/fermenter? If so you will need a secondary or even a tertiary...It is one of the few things I use a secondary for. I tried to do my usualy long primary once, and it was a mess. It clogged the bottling wand to no end.
I have a pumpkin porter in my primary right now, will be 2 weeks this weekend. I figure another week in the primary before I do anything. I added pumpkin to the boil, and have quite a bit of pumpkin stuff in the container. My question is - how long should I keep it in the secondary? Is it just a couple of days to allow the rest of the pumpkin to settle out or am I looking at a week or two?
 

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I have a pumpkin porter in my primary right now, will be 2 weeks this weekend. I figure another week in the primary before I do anything. I added pumpkin to the boil, and have quite a bit of pumpkin stuff in the container. My question is - how long should I keep it in the secondary? Is it just a couple of days to allow the rest of the pumpkin to settle out or am I looking at a week or two?
Probably a week or two unless you can cold crash it.
 

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....what exsactly determines the length of time in primary, secondary....etc. Is it a matter of gravity readings to determine if primary fermentation or fermintation in general is complete?
 
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