Questions tagged [secondary]

A shorthand form for "secondary fermentation" or "secondary fermentor." Having the beer "in secondary" implies the beer has been racked to a different fermentation vessel and is undergoing "secondary-fermentation."

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Has your airlock ever shot out of your carboy?

I made a kettle sour and added guava in secondary. Everything was going well for a week. I went out of town for the weekend and noticed my carboy stopper and airlock about three feet away on the floor....
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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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Amount of oak chips

I'm brewing an imperial stout. It will have 10-12% ABV in the end (hopefully). I never used wood chips before, but want to add it to this beer. I read through guides but I read everything from just 24 ...
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What's the difference between primary & secondary fermentation?

Over here PJ asked "How do you differentiate primary to secondary if you keep it in the same bucket?"
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Low FG on our IPA, can we force second fermentation?

We are brewing a Pliny clone, IPA with dry hopping. We had an OG of 1.065, and racked to secondary six days later. Our current FG is reading 1.032, which is nowhere close to where we want to be. ...
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Wooden barrel treatment

A friend gave me a 20l (5 gal) wooden barrel. It had bourbon before, and was emptied two or three days ago. My friend said the barrel needs to be prevented from drying so that the wood doesn't ...
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Detriment of gelatin fining on flavor or aroma

Does using gelatin effect aromatics or flavor appreciably? I was reading this post about using gelatin. I have one keg that I use as a cold conditioning vessel (sort of like secondary), and I was ...
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preparing fruit for secondary

What is the best method for preparing different fruits for fruit additions into secondary fermentors? There are issues of sanitation and good fruit to wort contact, via chopping, slicing, mincing or ...
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Can you add additions to the primary?

I am making a chocolate + oat stout on the weekend and would like to add some additions (cacao nibs predominantly - toying with adding some rum soaked raisins). I do not however have a suitable ...
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Chile Pepper Ale

I've brewed a simple base ale recipe. It's fermenting happily. I want to add Chile Peppers to the beer to make a spiced ale. I'm not looking for something with a lot of heat, but I do want some ...
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How long can I leave beer in the secondary fermenter?

My first home brew beer is ready to be bottled but I've been busy and haven't gotten around to it yet. The beer was in a primary fermenter for 2 weeks, then I racked it into a secondary fermenter (...
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Adding priming sugar to lagering secondary

A few weeks ago, I brewed a Belgian double, its done fermenting and ready for the next step. I've noticed that the beer is still very cloudy so I prefer a cold-crash/lagering period before bottling ...
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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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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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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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Sanitizing oak chips

Going to try using dry oak chips in my secondary fermenter. How do you recommend sanitizing the chips before adding them?
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Storing beer in a keg

After beer is done fermenting can I move it to a keg not carbonate it and let it sit for a long time? Or could it sit for a longer period of time after being carbonated?
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should i re-rack my beer?

I recently brewed a milk stout from an LME kit, which I racked into a secondary on New Year's Day. After 2 weeks of no fermentation, I checked the final gravity, and found it rested at 0.030, which ...
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Bottling Bucket - really necessary?

Pretty new to the home brew scene and about to have my first attempt at extract brewing next week. I have spend a lot of time reading up, but openly admit I may have glossed over some aspects. ...
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Secondary flavoring of a stout using chocolate and coffee, how much to use?

I am brewing an Imperial Stout (OG 1.081) and it is in primary now. I want to rack to secondary in one gallon jugs and want to flavor each differently. I have read through the coffee posts on here but ...
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Adding Orange and/or Corriander to Secondary

I just brewed a witbier. After tasting it out of the primary it doesn't quite have the taste I'm looking for. I'd like to add some orange and/or coriander to the secondary, but I'm not sure how long ...
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Increase gravity in secondary

I added a pot of coffee to my secondary without thinking much about the water content. Now the SG is lower than I want (weak body). Could I put it back into the kettle and boil the excess water off ...
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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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Splitting batch for secondary fermentation over Vanilla

I just got a 5 gallon batch of an LME Imperial Stout Recipe to start its magic. My plan is to split the batch for secondary fermentation. I plan to move one gallon into a separate jug to finish off ...
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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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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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Gelatin before or after dry hopping

Going to dry hop on my IPA and dont know if add gelatin to primary then rack to secondary then add hops or dry hop on primary and then gelatin and then rack to secondary for aging what do you think?
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Dry hopping a lager in secondary

I've just moved my first lager into a secondary bucket, it had been in primary for about 3 weeks. Currently sitting in the keezer at about 10c. The recipe I'm following calls for the addition of ...
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interesting formation in fermenting beer

Anyone have a clue what these formations are in my Kolsch style beer? Been in secondary for about 3 weeks due primarily to lazyness. I cleared with gelatin about two weeks ago and it's nice and clear ...
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Adding coconut after fermentation

I am attempting to brew the coconut porter as listed in this thread, which is bubbling away nicely at the moment. It notes: after fermentation, rack off into PB or somesuch.  Then toast 700g ...
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Secondary for ciders and wines

Latest consensus seems to indicate that racking to a secondary when making beer in small scale is not recommended anymore. Is racking to a secondary still recommended for making ciders or wines? If ...
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Adding flavouring to fermented cider

I have almost finished the first fermentation of my 2nd cider kit, I took a SG reading yesterday and it comes in around 7% (1.064 > 10.11). While I have no problem with it being strong, this and the ...
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Minimal neccesary time in primary/seconday for a barleywine-braggot

I am still rather beginner (so far a couple of batches), but for the last batch I have taken a brave (irresponsible) step and went for a barley wine-braggot beer. For batch of 22 l In have used +- 6 ...
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Preparing yeast for secondary fermentation

I have a barleywine in progress that seems to have stalled around 9% ABV with some residual sweetness I'd like to try and reduce. After 2.5 weeks in primary all activity had stopped so I racked off ...
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How to clear beer

I am brewing my first homebrew an American cream ale. Was just reading into secondary fermentation. In the directions and books I've read it seems to suggest doing this. But as I search online and ...
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Wine Kit (extract) Secondary

I'm making a wine kit with pre-packaged must. It calls for a secondary fermentation after 5 - 7 days then stabalising about 10 days later by adding clarification agents. I prefer to let things sit. ...
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Fruit beer: should I allow it to ferment out completely?

I have a wheat beer in secondary that has been on 5 lbs of strawberries for 6 days. The flavor is phenomenal right now, just perfect. The strawberries continue to ferment actively, and I want to ...
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secondary or not? [duplicate]

Another noob question. I have been going back and forth on "im going to secondary my double IPA" and "Im just gonna leave it primary til completion" I keep reading contradicting theories and It's ...
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How to Dry Hop when Forgoing Secondary Fermentation?

I've decided to stop doing secondary-fermentations on the recommendation of users on this stackexchange. A Dead Ringer IPA from Northern Brewer suggests 1-2 weeks primary, and 2-4 weeks secondary, ...
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Ingredients in Seconday - Prevent Particles In Beer

OK, so I brewed an xmas beer about a month ago. It turned out awesome. One thing I did was add a bunch of ingredients into the secondary fermentation. The ingredients were vanilla bean, wood oak chips ...
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Airlock started bubbling after racking into secondary and dryhopping, why?

I racked my IPA into a sanitized carboy onto the hops I'm using for dry hopping, the airlock had been still for about 2 day before the racking. But now its in the secondary the airlock started up ...
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What problem could happen adding chocolate flavor at the beginning of secondary?

I mistakenly added 5 oz of Chocolate Extract at the beginning of secondary instead of the day before bottling. Still smells ok, when I did some quick checks, but wondering if anyone else has made ...
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14 days in the primary to long? [duplicate]

Hi I am doing an ipa and was wondering if 14 days in the primary is to long before racking to a secondary for dry hopping. I see others saying 7 days in the primary then 14 days in the secondary.
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Will secondary further clear my IPA?

I am fairly new to beer making (5 batches) and have good success, but am trying to fine tune my process. I have an IPA which fermented well and cleared nicely in the primary with gelatin and a cool ...
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Is secondary fermentation necessary for a double IPA?

And how important is dry hopping for added flavor?
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Can I increase secondary fermentation temperature after a week?

My ale batch (US-05) was fermented at 68ºF for 11 days, when I removed the sediment and moved it to a Secondary Fermentation with a much lower temperature (41ºF) for a week now. Since yeast has to be ...
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Newbie brewer: beer sample tastes strange

my first batch was a little tricky, lots of mistakes made. Ive got some questions. Its a Pale Ale (US-05) (6.5 pounds of Pilsen malt - 1.5 pound of Carared - 1 pound of Oat Malt - 0.8 pounds of ...
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Unsticking a secondary fermentation

Brewing a Russian Imperial (E+G version of Austin Homebrew Supply's Jester King "Black Metal" clone) stout that seems to have stalled after transferring to secondary. I've corrected the most usual ...
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Wine Brewing on Lees (Sur lie)

I have recently learned about Light Lees Protocol and was wondering if someone would be able to relate some practical anecdotal experience. Is there a substantial difference in quality if you ...