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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Wine fermentation containers and headspace

I'm starting my first attempt at wine-making, so please pardon the noob question.... I have two 6 gallon buckets with airlocks. But the "Winexpert" kit I've got recommends 8 gal for primary, ...
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Should I add yeast when bottling an IPA after sitting in secondary for 1.5 months

I'm VERY new to homebrewing. This is my first 5gal batch. I moved from primary to secondary after 1-2 weeks. I then (due to life, work, forgetting to order bottles) have left the beer in the secondary ...
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Apple cider cloudy

I made my primary fermentation since 25 days ago SG was 1.100 ( bubbling was stopped since 2nd week), today I’m going to move the cider to secondary the Gravity is about 0.980 but the cider is still ...
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How to avoid SCOBY in the Kombucha bottle? (second fermentation)

I am a kombucha brewer, and for a long time I have been trying to avoid SCOBY formation in the bottle during the second fermentation. Does anyone know some way to do this?
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Barrel fermenting (white) wine. Questions and assumptions

I am wondering if it is possible to barrel ferment white grapes/wine. I can only find information on the web about red wines. In regards to this process I have some questions and assumptions; I hope ...
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First Time Brewer: Skipping secondary fermentation, bottling and a few other questions

I'm brewing my first batch of home brew, 'Hank's Hefeweizen' from Norther Brewer (extract). The instructions say 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, and 2 weeks bottle conditioning. I did not check my ...
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Fast secondary fermentation (wine)

I put my wine in secondary at 1.025 and in 1 day it was down the 1.002. Why so fast? Did I do something wrong? Do I just let fermentation play out or do I stop it?
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Dark liquid floating in secondary fermentor

I started the fermentation for a pale ale two and a half weeks ago, dry hopped it five days in and then racked it four days ago. The trub has fallen to the bottom and I just noticed a dark layer of ...
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Adding yeast to secondary

Okay, I am making a strong (imperial-ish) red ale. My original gravity was 1.081. I intended to bring it to a final point at most of 1.020, or if I can even lower. I was using 2 packs of WLP004 (...
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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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Oxidation in Secondary Fermenter

I have a question about the liklihood of oxidation during secondary fermenting. I'm brewing a NEIPA, second brew ever, from NorthernBrewer. OG 1.068, now 1.032 after 15 days in primary. Directions ...
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How to calculate ABV when adding fermentable sugar or fruit to secondary fermentation?

Fermentable Sugar, e.g. Maple Syrup I brewed a Maple Stout before Christmas in which I racked the beer to a secondary fermentation vessel where I added 550g of Maple Syrup. I let it sit at 12ºC for 4 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Should I dunk my dry hops?

When dry hopping, should you try to submerge the hops after you add them to the secondary? Half the hops in my last IPA weren't wet after a week, so I'm thinking they couldn't contribute much flavor.
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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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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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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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What's the point of secondary fermentation?

I've always bottled directly after the primary fermentation has finished. What's the point of the secondary fermentation? Can I use a bucket or is it something that really necessitates a glass carboy?
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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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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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Temperature swing of 10+ degrees during fermentation

I'm fermenting a porter, and pitched the yeast at about 75°F (24°C) on Sunday night (4 days ago). Lively fermentation started the next day, and though the wort had cooled to about 68°F (20°C) the ...
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How to strain wort before primary fermentation

I recently made a big beer (Dogfish Head 90 minute clone) with an OG around 1.11. I had never tried to strain wort before moving to a primary fermenter, but thought it would be a good idea since this ...
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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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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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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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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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Options to improve clarity and reduce sediment in a barrel conditioned lager

My home-brew lager that I start secondary fermentation (in May) still hasn't settled, we have had spells of warm weather, and my beer still isn't clear... it has been further delayed as I had to vent ...
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How long should a barleywine be aged before bottling?

I generally rack my beers to secondary for about a week before bottling just to clarify them a bit, but as I understand it, barleywines should be aged much longer to allow some flavors to develop and ...
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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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How can I reduce the ABV?

I have a batch fermenting at the moment. I had expected the OG to be 1.05x but it was 1.06x. I generally have little problem with fermentation and expect the batch to come out at somewhere like 1.0....
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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 ...