GloHoppa said:the only stupid question is the one not asked. im a newb so take my .02 with a grain of salt but i would think its fine if its not the bottling bucket. the spigot might not be 100% airtight, but if it is another bucket it should be fine to rack to secondary.
what do you want to rack?
I think it is because most sources call it a secondary fermenter when you transfer your beer into another container for clearing and aging. Common terminology problem for many brewers.orfy said:Is there a reason why you are expecting a secondary fermentation.
Did it not finish in the fermenter?
CBBaron said:I think it is because most sources call it a secondary fermenter when you transfer your beer into another container for clearing and aging. Common terminology problem for many brewers.
A secondary is not needed and I would not recommend it if you are using a bucket. Buckets have too much head room and often are not completely air tight. Leaving it in the primary the headspace is filled with CO2 from the fermentation but once you transfer there is not much CO2 left to protect the beer. The small head space available in a carboy minimizes the O2 in the container.
Just leave the beer in the primary for 3 weeks then transfer to a bottling bucket and bottle.
If you really want to rack to a 6 gallon (or bigger) vessel, sanitize some marbles and rack on top of them. They will eat some some of the headroom. I've also heard that dropping in some dry ice will create a nice CO2 blanket.