[quote=“EagleRising”]Ok, Im getting so many mixed signals about secondary ferementing!!! It really frustrating. I have been told it is really important and helps clear your beer and helps reduce off tastes etc Then I got guys telling me there is no point in it, dont waste your time, it depends on the beer etc etc. So whats the real deal?
Im am using exclusivley NB extract kits, which some specifically mention secondary fermentation. So…what do i do? What is best for the beer? Is it just a matter of some people dont want to put in the effort of siphoning or is it just not that important?
Whats is scientifically more benifitial for the beer?[/quote]
There is no correct answer. there is nothing wrong with doing a secondary, and there is nothing wrong with skipping it. In my experience it won’t lead to a clear-er beer. personally i skip the secondary, less hassle, and less chance of contaminating or oxygenating a batch. there’s not much science behind it as far as i know. there used to be a fear of something called autolyst, but that has been debunked, and is not a concern unless you are leaving it on the yeast for a LONG time, in terms of many months or years, not weeks. It’s up too you weather or not you want to secondary, as long as you leave it in the primary long enough for the yeast to finish their job, for the most part, at least 2 weeks
You do not need a secondary to dry hop, it can be done in the primary
you do not need a secondary for flavorings, it can be done in the primary
some do it for bulk aging high gravity beers. but i just extend the primary, and do the aging in bottles or the keg
I have left a medium gravity beer in the primary for just over 7 weeks, with no ill effects.
the real answer is. It’s up to you. I recommend skipping it. I skip it and am very satisfied with my beers.
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