- Mar 12, 2009
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- Katy, TX (Just outside Houston)
Hello all, I've been lurking here since the first of the year. Many years ago, I tried this home brewing thing, and left it disappointed. Since then, I've read a lot and realized that a major reason I was never happy with my beer was because of my methods. I think the main reason I wasn't happy was because I was making my brew with partial boils. I have my first batch bottled this time around for almost three weeks. I have tried a couple bottles of it, it's great. That first batch was Morebeer's light ale extract that was included with the homebrewer's kit. I have my next in the fermenter for two weeks now - morebeer's Mild Brown. I tasted it yesterday when I checked a sample, and it was wonderful also! I've read and read, and I have learned that there are as many who say that a secondary is the only way to go as there who say that the secondary isn't necessary. I ferment in a glass carboy (that was in the kit from morebeer.com). I was planning on bottling the mild brown on Friday, which would be exactly two weeks since I brewed it. I think now that it would be too early to bottle, even though my gravity readings are stable. So, I was stuck. I'm off Friday, SWMBO isn't, and I'm stuck at home with nothing to do. I checked, and voila! My old upright freezer that I use for fermentation and aging has room for a second carboy! Then I called my LHBS and they have a 6 gallon carboy in stock! So, I thought, I can brew my third batch, Spring Maibock from AHS on Friday instead! Now I'm thinking, should I brew my next batch, put it in my new carboy, leaving my Mild Brown in its primary for another two weeks, or would it be better to rack my Mild Brown into the new carboy and use it as a secondary then wash, sanitize my original carboy and put my new brew in there. It will mean more work on brew day (wash and sanitize my new carboy, then wash and sanitize the old carboy vs. only washing and sanitizing my new carboy), but in the long term it should be a wash. Sorry about my long windedness, but I've finally arrived at my question. Is there any good reason NOT to go to a secondary?