My second brew is getting close to finishing up its fermentation. It’s the Brewers Best Belgian Tripel kit, and it seems like everything has gone well so far. The OG was 1.087 and after two weeks I measured last night at 1.024, which is really close to the kit’s FG range. I am going to measure it over the next day or two and plan on transferring it into my carboy secondary (big mouth bubbler).
Arguments- yes, I’ve read the dozens of posts that state that secondary is not really needed with modern homebrews, its a point of contention for a lot of people, most experts now recommend against it and to just do everything in primary; however, it seems that most people that do still secondary their beer typically don’t have issues with it. FAIR POINTS - but I want to free up my brew bucket for my next batches from NB, and I figured a high gravity beer like the Tripel would benefit from going into a secondary to help clarify the brew and mellow out the flavors before bottling.
Question - do you transfer to secondary after fermentation is fully complete or when fermentation slows before complete? Most places say to transfer after fermentation is finished and your SG readings are constant for a couple days. BUT the Kit Instructions state in bold letters to transfer to secondary once fermentation slows and before it is complete. That seems odd since it contradicts common recommendations, but the kit instructions specifically state to transfer before fermentation is complete.
Any thoughts? Thanks!!