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Questions tagged [secondary-fermentation]

Refers to both the phase of fermentation after primary fermentation, and a continuation of fermentation in another vessel.

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Should fruit in secondary produce CO2?

I had a Belgian Dubbel in primary about two weeks, ending up with a gravity of 1.016. Then 3 days ago I racked onto 5.5 lbs of cherries, leaving the yeast cake behind. I expected the residual yeast ...
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Staggered sugar source addition: before or after racking?

I am currently set up to use a modified recipe for a sparkling oaked acerglyn with the following adjustments: Reddit user Balathustrius's SNA schedule using Fermaid K, Fermaid O, and DAP Additional ...
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when does the alcoholic fermentation end?

No special instruments / meters available. Is there an approximate way to tell when the alcoholic fermentation has stopped ? I am asking so I know when to add the MLF yeasts in. Viniflora CH16 ...
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After a week of secondary fermentation of my wine yeast sediment already formed in the carboys. Does it mean I should rack it again soon?

This is my first brew ever so I'm still learning. I've got two gallons of elderflower wine bubbling now in the carboys for about a week (transferred there after a week long primary in a bucket). I'...
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I'm moving apartments in couple months. Will transporting wine demijohns mess up the fermentation?

All I was able to find was a question related to moving the bottles, but not the demijohns during secondary fermentation. I really want to brew some elderflower wine and starting after I move is not ...
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How important is temperature in secondary?

Say I'll want to brew an imperial stout, let it ferment in primary and then rack it to secondary. How important is the temperature in secondary? I have a temperature controlled fridge to hold the ...
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Use of green tea to flavor beer

I'm considering using some green tea to flavor my last batch of yuzu-wit beer. I was wondering if anyone ever used tea for this purpose. My first idea is to put the tea in a hop sac with some weight ...
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What pressure to set for spunding valve

I built a spunding valve and am using it for the first time. I just transferred to my secondary (keg) today and connected my spunding valve. Seven hours later I already have 5 PSI but was wondering ...
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How to use ( Super Kleer ) for the Beer !

How to use ( Super Kleer ) to clear the beer ... I purchased that but i didn't find a clear Direction to use it for the Beer ... Is it during primary or secondary ! Im planning to use it in the ...
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Fermentation length for La Fin Du Monde clone

My recipe calls for a 4 to 5 week secondary fermentation, which falls on Christmas when I will not be around. It also calls for pitching additional yeast 3 days before kegging. Should I keg the beer ...
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Why is Sake / Shochu used to make Mirin?

Why is Sake / Shochu used to make Mirin ? Can we add yeast to the Koji-Rice mixture instead ?
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Stuck fermentation vs arrested fermentation

It is my first grape wine home brewing and I have been reading up a lot regarding yeast fermentation. I like my wine bit sweet and I read that either adding alcohol as in port method or adding a ...
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Forgot to add sugar

I am making wine from black homburg grapes and the primary fermentation has completed (10days). I didn't have a hydrometer at the start, but have transferred the juice from the must to 2 1/2 demijohns ...
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Elderberry wine making: Is wine entering the bubbler airlock usual?

I'm having my first go at home brewing by making elderberry wine. So far so good. I've just put the wine in a demijohn for the anaerobic stage of the process. Based on what I read I've filled the ...
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Ideas about clearing a clogged collection ball on conical fermenter

I am preparing a heavily dry hopped beer. So far I have added my home grown yeast on brewing day with multiple hops. I have dry hopped twice again, and am at the final dry hop 5 days before bottling....
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Think about doing a Lager

My thought process is to get fermentation started, then once the first two days of fermentation has completed. Filling a cooler with ice and water. Then submerge the little Brown Keg (Mr Beer Keg). To ...
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Fermentation before bottling

I've today added the finnings. According to the instructions I should now leave it for another 2.5 days before bottling. What would happen if I leave it another 2 days longer?
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Adding water and sugar to secondary fermentation

My first fermentation bucket's volume is 19 litre and my bottling bucket's is 23 litre. Can I add 3-4 litre of sugar and water to it for secondary fermentation? Will it affect the taste in a bad way? ...
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Secondary Fermentation

I've only started brewing Wine a year ago and have been keeping the subtle complexities of making a good wine as simple as possible, only to level up when I feel confident. So, consequently I've only ...
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What is the max time it would take yeast to “clean up”?

I have read many post fermentation opinions/practices. Some move it to secondary after a week, some wait 3 days after fermentation is done and then bottle condition; and many leave it sit on the yeast ...
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Kolsch on a low floc yeast

G'day all - a question on brightness and clarity. I've started fermenting a kolsch using Wyeast 1007, which doesn't floc easily. I intend to fix this by adding finings at the start of the ...
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How much potassium sorbate is needed to prevent yeast from multiplying?

I would like to ferment 2 and 4 Liters of papaya and watermelon (respectively) but am looking for how much potassium sorbate is needed, for each volume, to prevent yeast from multiplying. An equation,...
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Can I add yeast energizer and sugar to my secondary fermentation?

My OG might be a little lower than expected. I'm not sure if my reading was accurate since I took it a day after fermentation began via the spigot at the bottom of my bucket. Reading was 1.030. In a ...
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My OG is 1.030 and I'm only at 4 gallons?

I topped off at 4 gallons rather than 5. Am I wrong for thinking this is low despite not adding more water? I'm now a day after fermentation began. I plan to do a secondary fermentation. How much ...
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Use of “potions” / secondary

So, I've added my grapefruit potion along with my hops in the secondary fermenter. Will it need to stay in the secondary fermenter longer because of the added alcohol / ingredients?
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Blackberry Wine

I am having problems with my 5 gallon blackberry wine batch. I took a reading with the hydrometer and the SG read 1.104 at the beginning of primary fermentation. I put a towel over the bucket and let ...
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First time Controlled Temp Fermentation, May have put yeast to sleep

Just made a falconer's flight/citra IPA. Well, for the first time, I have a free cooler to do a controlled temp fermentation. I had the cooler set to 50 degrees to help cool the wort before pitching. ...
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Can I rack to and clear my wine in a lidded plastic bucket without a stopper?

I'm making a Chardonnay wine kit for the first time ever, so bear with me here. The instructions say to rack the wine from the primary fermenter (which they suggested be a food safe HDPE plastic ...
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What woods can be safely used to flavour/age beer?

There is a history of people using oak barrels to age and mature beer. These days people often use bourbon soaked oak chips to flavour beer in the secondary. Also I have seen people asking about ...
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High gravity beer, with wine yeast in secondary

I recently brewed a Tom Hardy's old ale recipe, that i screwed up and planning on doing it again. and looking for advice, when i get it correct. in the directions, it says "once the fermentation has ...
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Secondary fermentation in a plastic bag - is this safe?

When performing a secondary fermentation, it's recommended to use a glass carboy rather than a plastic bucket, with one of the main reasons being that it reduces head space so that less oxygen is ...
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Color change in Secondary

Brewing a Pale Ale, the golden color in the Primary went into the Secondary and in 24 hours it turned completely black. I keep the carboys covered from light and stored at 68 to 72 degrees. The ...
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under pitched (1st) yeast-aerate into fermenter on 2nd (new) pitch or no?

I brewed an all grain stout 2 weeks ago, OG was 1.087 which was almost spot on for where I'd hoped. However, I mis-calculated the pitch rate for my starter. Racked to secondary to dry hop with mint (...
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1 liter of hard Apple cider left

So after activity had died down in the airlock, I've transferred into the secondary carboy and I've got just about 1 liter left over. Any suggestions? I have a couple of plastic bottles, but I'm ...
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Yeast not settling or contamination?

Having trouble understanding what I'm looking at here (see pic): http://imgur.com/1OH9TQj Made an Amber ale with LME and used Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale. Racked to secondary after 2 weeks to get ...
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Effect of adding bacteria when racking to secondary

I recently brewed a Flanders red ale and it is nearing the end of primary fermentation. I'm planning to rack it to a carboy and leave it for up to about a year. While doing research on the style, I ...
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Carboy size 3 or 5 gallon? please

I've got a 15 litre, 3.9 gallon batch of hard cider (I juiced the apples myself and lost the will to live after 20kg). Should I get a 3 gallon or 5 gallon carboy? I read that when moving the cider ...
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How much free (ie, fermentable) suger is contained in canned fruit puree and how does this affect gravity?

Going to add one can (49oz) of Vintners Harvest Peach Puree to secondary and curious if/how much this will raise gravity. The nutritional label states the can contains 190 grams of sugar, but not ...
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Putting a stopper in a fermenter if you leave it for a long time

On another question about leaving brew longer in a second or primary fermenter for a long time, many state they have done this with little to no negative affects as long as you keep your breather full ...
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I can't differentiate between OCD or the smell of vinegar, and need some guidance

Here's my brief story: Bought a Mr. Beer kit and didn't have a clue what I was doing, and out of impatience would squeeze the fermentor to smell the brew, resulting in an infection. I now have cheap, ...
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Bourbon soaked oak cubes

I have made a ten tidy clone using the 1st runnings method. Which left me with 3 gallons after boil. I transferred from the primary to secondary and I am currently ready to add the bourbon soaked ...
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Watermelon Wheat Beer - Bitter Taste

After a week of primary fermentation, I tried adding about 8 pounds of watermelon puree to my secondary fermenter and took a gravity and taste test 10 days later. The beer still tastes very tart/...
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Experimenting with primary-only and primary-secondary fermentation

We have a batch of beer that has been in primary for about a week and we are getting ready to rack to a secondary fermenter. We want to experiment with the difference between doing primary only and ...
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Stuck second fermentation - suphites to blame?

I'm making a sparkling elderflower wine. It's in a 25l plastic bucket with a trap. The first fermentation went well. I racked it, added sulphites (Campden tabs), added fining, left for a couple of ...
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CO2 for duvel clone - Strong Golden Ale

What is the CO2 level for a Strong Golden Ale? Each calculator have a different value: 3.3 - source 2.5-3.2 - source 1.9-2.4 - source 1.9 -2.4 source It is correct if I use 160.36g of sucrose for ...
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If a beer recipe calls for secondary fermentation, should I do it even though there are drawbacks?

I just finished brewing my 3rd batch of beer (after taking 2 years off) and I started looking up the debate about secondary fermentation. I found this article which I think was explained very well by ...
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Vigorous secondary fermentation after fruit addition

I've racked my beer to a secondary fermentor and added about two liters of watermelon juice. I placed the airlock on as I always do during secondary fermentation but the fruit sugar is causing a ...
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Hops to put in a golden ale to give a big hit of hops

Im looking to make a golden ale from a kit but I want it to have a massive hoppy hit when you take a sip, any ideas on what type to add and dates before bottling?
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Clarity for the sake of impatience

I've been in the winemaking industry for over a decade, but this is only my second homebrew, and only the first that I have fermented at home. You would think I'd be more patient working with a ...
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Is it Better to leave beer in secondary longer or bottle?

first question asked in homebrew.stackexchange. I've got a pumpkin ale that I've just moved from primary to secondary (after 7 weeks). The original plan was to have it 7/7/7 (7 weeks in primary, 7 ...