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Offline theDarkSide

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Re: New to brewing, a few questions
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2012, 06:09:28 AM »
So is there any recipes that it is needed? what would the secondary do for it? When would I know to move it to the secondary? thanks a lot for the quick responses!

The only time I use a secondary is when I need to add something like fruit, or if I plan to reuse the yeast from primary and want to dry hop the first beer.  This way I don't have to wash the yeast.  If I'm not using the yeast again, I just dry hop in primary.

Is the carboy a 5 or 6 gallon?  You can use the carboy for fermenting but if it's 5 gallon, your batch size will be reduced to about 4 gallons.  With a 6 gallon carboy (like a better bottle ) you can get 5 gallons if you use fermcap-s antifoam or attach a blowoff tube.

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