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Questions tagged [racking]

Transferring wort or beer from one vessel to another via a siphon, often with a rigid tube - a "racking cane" - to help avoid transferring sediment.

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Do I have to bottle my wine immediately after stopping the fermentation?

I have a gallon of very sweet kiwi wine. I've racked it twice already but after couple months in at it's current stage it still hasn't cleared. I want to let it sit in the carboy until it does clear ...
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Racked Too Early… Now What?

Newbie here. First post, only my 2nd batch of home brew and my first partial grain brew. I did a pale ale "Northern Light" from BestCase.ca. So my problem... the instructions had a big bold statement ...
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I accidentally stirred all the lees into my wine during first racking. Now (1 day later) secondary has lots (+1cm) of sediment. Should I rack again?

Making some kiwi wine (exciting!). When transferring from primary to secondary getting the fruit pulp was a bit of a mess and I inevitably stirred all the lees into the wine. Now, after only 1 day in ...
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Pilsner racking before bottling

I`m brewing a pilsner at slightly higher temperature levels and has been two and a half weeks. Can I rack and then bottle if my hydrometer reading are stable? Or should I rack and then store in ...
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Secondary racking for store bought apple juice

New to home brewing, and have started out with some cider. I've started out with just store bought apple juice, 4l of which is now fermenting in a demijohn. Is secondary racking required for this? My ...
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How badly did I oxidize my beer?

I think I oxidized my whole keg. I was attempting a closed transfer but the beer stopped going into the keg so I decided to change the tube but totally forgot about the air in the tube. So when I ...
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Creating a fruit saison: when to add the fruit and rack to secondary?

I want to create a fruit saison, I used some interesting hops (centenial and citra) and intend to rack to secondary ontop of the fruit puree (I will also dry hop with citra). The question I now have ...
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Quick advice for dry-hopping and racking to secondary

tomorrow I'll brew an English style IPA with extract. I want to dry-hop in the conditioning phase, so, considering I'm using S04 on a small batch, I'll probably add the hops on Wednesday. It should be ...
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Closed System vs. Siphon

In my short career in the home brew world I've always transferred the beer from the primary to bottle without a siphon (directly from the spigot). I've started to see that this made my beer darker and ...
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Is it ok to tip the brewpot while racking?

I brewed my very first batch of extract (Brewer's Best Amber Ale) yesterday morning, and I'm still not seeing any bubbling in the airlock. I'm running through a list of things that could I could have ...
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Rack onto yeast cake then fast rack to secondary?

I'm reusing my yeast for a while, and my procedure now is to have a wort ready when I want to bottle or keg a previous batch. So I drain the finished beer out of fermentor, and then collect some yeast ...
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What happened to all my beer?

I'm a new homebrewer and I just finished racking my second batch of beer, a one-gallon Irish stout from extract. My first batch came out great, and made six delicious bottles. But, when I took the ...
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Amount of time available for racking after fermentation is complete

I have two things: five gallons of nut brown ale that is done fermenting, and the flu. I really don't feel up to racking so how many days can I safely delay it until I don't feel sick? My fermentation ...
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Wine only partly clearred

I have a white wine that finished fermenting over 2 weeks ago, I racked into a 2nd demi through a muslin filter to be sure i dont have any larger bits floating around. I added some clearing gel, and ...
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How often can I rack?

Okay, so I made a really sweet mead with 18 lbs clover honey, so it's pretty dark. Do you have to rack more often to try to clear meads with more honey? And also, how often can I rack, and how many ...
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Racking flavour - too strong?

i'm about to rack off my first batch of full-grain IPA. It's a small batch that has been fermenting about 14 days in a demijohn. I tasted some briefly when racking and it tasted very strong which is ...
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How can I filter out a large amount of loose sediment from my primary?

My current brew is a hard ginger beer, calling for a pound of grated ginger in my 3 gallon primary. Fermentation is slowing and unfortunately a lot of that ginger remains unsettled--the bottom 3" of ...
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Can I drink this ? Hard cider rack leftovers

I just racked my hard cider. There is leftover liquid with lees now and I was wonder if that can be filtered and drank. Any thoughts ?
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'Auto-transfer' to secondary corny keg fermentors?

I've been reading some topics about corny-keg fermentors and became interested in that. So I was wondering: If I ferment in a sealed keg with the liquid side plugged into another keg, by its liquid ...
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Consequences of pouring instead of siphoning wine after primary fermention

Would it be a problem if I did not siphon my peach-wine-in-the-making after the primary fermentation, but rather poured it directly into the carboy?
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Should I use lemonade or soda pop when making a summer shandy? [duplicate]

So I am making a wheat beer and am adding lemons and oranges into the second stage of fermenting. I have heard through the beer vine that shandy's are lemonade and beer. Can I just add the lemonade or ...
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Racked too soon. How do I fix?

I'm brewing a Kolsh ale, and, I made the mistake of following the recipe that the brew shop provided. It said that I should rack the beer to a secondary fermenter after a week. When I opened the ...
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How to oxidize my beer during transfer

Let's assume I've read all I can about the pros and cons of racking my beer from primary to secondary and I've decided that I want my lager clear and I'm going to rack away. I've brewed a dozen ...
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Non-plastic siphon tube

I know that some people say that PVC is fine for racking tubes, but I have someone who is looking for an alternative--HDPE or PP would be acceptable but not preferred. Since PVC is the only type of ...
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Benefits and drawbacks to different tubing types?

We're making some big upgrades to our homebrew system and one of them involves moving everything to 1/2" fittings and barbs. This means we need 1/2" tubing that will easily and reliably fit on the ...
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When should I rack my mead?

I am making mead for the first time using honey from my hives. It has been going for 3-4 weeks and I'm not sure if it's time to rack it. The fermenting has been slow, which I think might be due to the ...
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Cold Break with a False Bottom

Historically, I've cooled my wort with a immersion chiller and siphoned it off to the carboy once it gets down to a reasonable temperature. I recently installed a false bottom and ball valve. This ...
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Combating Diacetyl

I've just finished my first brew (brown ale), and the results aren't quite as spectacular as I had hoped. The issue is a prominent, yet not overpowering, sweet almost caramel-like flavor. As best I ...
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After Racking should my beer still produce C02

I have been aging a winter lager and a Mead for a few weeks. The mead was always in a glass carboy and I just moved it from one to another. I do not have a water air lock for them so I have a balloon ...
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How best to clarify when wheat beer yeast used

I innocently/stupidly used a pack of wheat beer yeast (Safbrew WB-06) when making a high hopped light beer (100g Liberty, 100g Cascade, 2.2 lbs of spraymalt and 500g of brewing sugar made up to 20 ...
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Thick/Chunky Pumpkin Ale

I racked my Pumpkin Ale into a carboy last night and it seemed chunky or thick. Is this a product of using the Pumpkin in the brew? I siphoned as much as I could but I questioned how much of the "...
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Bubbles in my racking cane.

I've been having some racking issues lately, I can't seem to get a steady flow through the cane and tubing. Would the bubbles or air gaps that I see in the tubing cause oxidation? Moving forward, ...
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What is the appropriate time to add fruit flavoring to a wheat ale?

I started a batch of American Wheat Ale yesterday and am planning on adding a to-be-determined fruit flavoring to it. I am debating between adding it when I rack the beer or just before bottling. ...
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Is a taste-test at bottling time indicative of the end result?

If I were to do a taste-test of the beer at racking/bottling time, how indicative of the end result would it be?
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DIY Racking cane / Auto-siphon

I can't seem to find a local supplier that stocks a racking cane or siphon in my area so I'd like to have a go at making my own. I could find an online supplier but most US stores won't ship to AU &...
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What are good ways to reduce oxygen after racking a beer?

I haven't had any problems with homebrews going stale, but I'm curious about what people do to minimize introducing oxygen in later steps of the brewing process. If you have a closed brewing system, ...
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Is leaving some cider in the primary bad?

When bottling my cider (FG 1.000) I ran out of bottles and saw this as an opportunity to flavour the remaining third and try racking. I added some boiled cinnamon and clove then left it for a day ...
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Racking question

This might seem like a really dumb question but what exactly is meant by the term "racking" and how did it come about? When someone says, "I just racked my beer", what does that mean? Can it have ...
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How often do people replace their plastic brewing components?

I recently threw out my racking cane, it was turning cloudy and there was a piece of trub stuck in it that I couldn't get out for the life of me. I remember the lady at a LHBS telling me you should ...
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If/When to move to secondary fermentation

Digression from What's the point of secondary fermentation? What are the good rules of thumb for determining a. whether to use secondary fermentation at all and b. when to move from primary to ...
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How do you sanitize the outside of your racking cane?

I'd love to hear the creative ways which folks have come up with to sanitize the outside of their racking cane. Sanitizing the inside is straightforward - siphon some sanitizing solution through the ...
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Yeast Contact Time Experiment Results

Anyone know the outcome of the Basic Brewing Radio yeast contact time experiment, where they asked people to let their beers sit on the yeast for four weeks? I can't seem to get the podcast out of ...
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How do you avoid disturbing sediment when moving your fermenter to rack or bottle?

When it's time to rack or bottle, do you have to move your fermenter? For instance, my fermenters sit in the closet of my office room until it's time to rack or bottle, at which point I move them to ...
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Which size auto siphon to empty a 5 or 6.5 gallon carboy?

I got an auto siphon as a gift recently. Unfortunately, it only reaches about half-way down into the carboy. All the brew supply sites and the fermtech site, itself, aren't exactly clear about the ...
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How much K-meta should I add when racking my cider/wine?

How much potassium metabisulfite should I add when racking my wine or cider? Measurements in grams/gallon please. Thanks!