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General Category => Yeast and Fermentation => Topic started by: madscientist on January 21, 2011, 09:41:05 am

Title: To rack to secondary or leave it alone
Post by: madscientist on January 21, 2011, 09:41:05 am
So I have a 2.5 gallon batch of a "light" ale going.  OG was 1.048.  Assuming the fermentation is complete, should I rack to a secondary?  The reason I ask is because I pitched a whole vial of White Labs American Ale blend, so there's a lot of krausen and a nice yeast cake.  I usually just go right to bottle, but would the secondary be beneficial in this case? 
Title: Re: To rack to secondary or leave it alone
Post by: Hokerer on January 21, 2011, 09:45:55 am
Secondary's not really gonna buy you anything.  Just make sure you give it plenty of time - plenty as in way more than when you "assume fermentation is done" :)
Title: Re: To rack to secondary or leave it alone
Post by: oscarvan on January 21, 2011, 09:47:40 am
And then immediately use that yeast cake to make a 5 gallon batch of something tasty!
Title: Re: To rack to secondary or leave it alone
Post by: phillamb168 on January 21, 2011, 10:02:05 am
The only time I ever rack to secondary is if I'm gonna be conditioning with something. E.g., I've got a 1-gallon test batch of chocolate chipotle stout that I racked to secondary, only because I was adding ingredients.
Title: Re: To rack to secondary or leave it alone
Post by: madscientist on January 21, 2011, 10:46:29 am
Yea ok, I'll just let it stay.  I was thinking of using the yeast cake for the next version of this beer which will be more inline with the Pale Ale requirements.