Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

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Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Hooky » Thu May 10, 2018 19:18

Apologies if this is a daft question but I’ve bought a whole grain kit and it says 3 days fermentation then rack and continue for another 3.

This has spoiled plans to fit around work as I was going to brew on Sunday and then leave the primary ferment for 5-6 days. I have a SS 50 litre churn (Hoppy) white an airlock. Will it matter if it sits in here until bottling? Or am I going to need another big vessel to transfer into for another period.

Or a good book? Lol.

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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Steviebobs1983 » Thu May 10, 2018 19:45

I think opinion on this is divided.

I personally don't rack to a secondary unless I'm adding something or conditioning for a long period of time. I just find it's a faff with more opportunity for things to go wrong, such as infection or oxidisation, for little gain. I've never noticed any off flavours from sitting on the trub a couple of weeks. Others swear by it.

So in summary, if you're pressed for time, it won't do you any harm to leave it. When you have more time, try racking it and see if you notice a difference yourself.


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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Hooky » Thu May 10, 2018 20:41

Brilliant! Thank you for your advice.
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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Dennis King » Thu May 10, 2018 22:31

I never use a secondary fermenter, 8-10 days in the primary.
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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Rolfster » Thu May 10, 2018 23:07

I've used both a secondary and just stick with a primary. Due to the complete lack of difference I don't bother with the secondary anymore.... but I might be opening a can of worms by saying that!
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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Brewzee » Fri May 11, 2018 06:16

I've never racked to secondary but I don't trust clear beer either
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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby LeeH » Fri May 11, 2018 07:45

I don’t, and have no issues that I know off.


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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby INDIAPALEALE » Fri May 11, 2018 08:20

Brewzee wrote:I've never racked to secondary but I don't trust clear beer either


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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby HTH1975 » Fri May 11, 2018 08:26

Only ever rack to secondary if I’m lagering, and eventhen it will sit in primary for 7-14 days as standard.

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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Hooky » Fri May 11, 2018 12:16

Thank to everyone for quieting the fear! The freely given advice on here is heartening.


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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Cheebs » Fri May 11, 2018 18:35

I will rack to secondary for dry hopping if I want to pitch onto the yeast cake, not as soon as 3 days though, I'll let fermentation finish first. Other than that I don't bother.
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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Mollusc » Fri May 11, 2018 20:00

I only rack now If I’m using Classic English Ale yeast. I find this yeast stops around 1020 after a few days then after three weeks or so starts of again and drops another ten brewers degrees. Therefore, I rack into a carboy after a week or so to let it do its thing before putting it into mini kegs.
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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Hooky » Fri May 11, 2018 22:16

Thanks to all for the reassurances! I can leave it with confidence now and bottle from the fermenter when I can.
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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Hooky » Sat May 19, 2018 15:56

I've returned after 5 days and drawn off enough to measure the Specific Gravity and it's still 1020 so I'm guessing it needs a few more days yet before attempting to bottle?
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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Rolfster » Sat May 19, 2018 17:53

Hooky wrote:I've returned after 5 days and drawn off enough to measure the Specific Gravity and it's still 1020 so I'm guessing it needs a few more days yet before attempting to bottle?


Stir with a sanitised spoon and raise the temp a few degrees.
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Re: Primary and/or Secondary Ferment

Postby Hooky » Sat May 19, 2018 17:59

Cheers! I’ve moved it off the floor and it is still active, as in the airlock is burping every 30-50 seconds. Hopefully I won’t have to open it to stir. Am a bit paranoid after fails years ago with contamination.


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