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From my experience, unless you are trying to stop/stun an active fermentation, you should not rack until your primary fermentation is either done or mostly done. If you racked too early, then there may not be enough yeast left to finish cleanly in a reasonable time, which could lead to yeast stress, a stalled ferment, or a very sluggish finish. You'll need a ...


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The top layer being clear is indeed and indicator that the rest will likely drop as sediment. However because it is so fine and probably still in suspension in part due to Brownian motion, you need to be sure the Demi-John is undisturbed. Put it on a surface that doesn't shake as you walk past. Don't keep checking it all the time. Just let it be. In the end ...



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