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Rick Hawley
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Post Number: 37
Registered: 07-2003
Posted From: 64.148.35.118
Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 09:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have 2 primaries with a 2 week old Brown ALe in them. I am also out of beer. I am confident they are done fermenting. Normally I secondary ferment to let them clear. I am contemplating going direct to the keg. Any downside other than the first glass will be full of sediment ? Should I let it sit in the keg for a week before carbonating or should I just carbonate & start drinking ?

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Rick


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Spartacus
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Post Number: 229
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Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 09:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

why the need to secondary an ale?

Go for it

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Bill Pierce
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Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 09:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If the O.G. is not too high (above, say, 1.060 or above) secondary fermentation for ales is a matter of choice. You may well find you like your beer just as much without the added step.
 

Dan Listermann
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Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 09:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I rarely secondary anymore. When I do, it is usually to harvest a cleaner yeast cake.

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dhacker
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Post Number: 921
Registered: 11-2002
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 01:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would add that your yeast cake thickness has some bearing on your decision. I admit I now secondary everything after skipping the process just once, ending up with a very thick yeast cake, and pulling quite a bit into the corny . . . More than several cloudy beers later, I finally got a measure of clarity. I suppose you could visually monitor your pickup tube and lift the wand off enough to keep the cake at bay, but that is a bit of a hassle too. In your case though, it seems time is of the essence!

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JimTanguay
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 01:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I almost never never use secondary's anymore unless its a beer I know is going to travel. Don't like messing with glass. Two week primary and I think your good to go straight to a keg.
 

Beergroupie
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Post Number: 24
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 02:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I quit the secondary step long ago in a similar situation as yours.....needed beer fast. I was very happy with the results and never looked back. Keg it, carbonate it, let it settle to clear, if you are careful when siphoning there isn't that much sediment in the keg, then enjoy the fruits of your labor. BG
 

Graham Cox
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Post Number: 1166
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 07:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think it varies very much from beer to beer, but for a normal gravity brown, I would have no qualms about going straight into the keg with it. (Of course, I do the continuous head pressure method of carbonation, so in my case it would sit for at least an additional week before serving. Does that count as a secondary? Some would argue, "Yes.")
 

Rick Hawley
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Post Number: 38
Registered: 07-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 12:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Gram- I carbonate the same way. Set it & forget it.

Rick
 

David Spaedt
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Registered: 06-2007
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 02:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Same here. For any ale less than 1.060.

6-9 days Primary
Carefully siphon to a corny.
Into the kegerator, under pressure.
Begin sampling 7-10 days later

I only change the routine if it requires dry hopping.