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oms1981

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my very first batch has been in the primary for about a week now and so far all seems well. It got a slow start, about 32 hours to start fermentation (shoulda used a starter) but everything is looking good now. It is a wheat beer and I used White Labs hefe yeast.

I have read the threads and stickies about when to rack to a secondary, but I am wondering if it is really necessary with this style of beer. A big part of the flavor and character of a hefeweizen comes from the fact that it is so cloudy and yeasty which is why I really like this style.

So my question is this; should I rack to my secondary, or will the end result be better if I go to completion in the primary?
 

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What you're saying right, you shouldn't have to rack it. I didn't rack my hefe when I made one and it turned out great. So far that's the only beer I haven't racked.
 

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don't bother racking. give it a check with your hydrometer and if it reads the same the next couple of days and it's where it should be bottle it up.
 
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Ok that's what I figured but I just wanted to be sure. I think I'll have to buy another primary, I'm dying to get another batch rolling. Oatmeal stout me thinks. Thanks guys.
 

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oms1981 said:
Ok that's what I figured but I just wanted to be sure. I think I'll have to buy another primary, I'm dying to get another batch rolling. Oatmeal stout me thinks. Thanks guys.
Stouts are another style that you don't have to secondary...
 

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You should let all beers go to completion in the primary.

A secondary for a Hefe Weizen is all about personal choice. It is not necessary. However, I do them for this simple reason: to get less yeast in the bottles.

I don't leave them in there to get as clear as I would a lager, just a few days to allow more yeast to drop out. There will always be enough yeast to keep the brew cloudy if you monitor properly.;)
 
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