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Offline syncopadence

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Sediment in secondary ok?
« on: April 10, 2016, 10:47:07 PM »
This is my first time racking to secondary and now after a week I'm noticing sediment on the bottom that resembles a slim yeast cake. So is this ok to sit on for a couple months, or should I rack to tertiary?

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Re: Sediment in secondary ok?
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2016, 10:52:52 PM »
You're fine. Don't rack

Offline jackmarshall77

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Re: Sediment in secondary ok?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2016, 07:44:27 AM »
That's normal. Not sure why it needs to stay in secondary for months


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Re: Sediment in secondary ok?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2016, 11:03:37 AM »
That's normal. Not sure why it needs to stay in secondary for months


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What style of beer is it? Unless its some kind of specialty beer that needs extended time, package that sucker up!

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Offline 00ramair

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Re: Sediment in secondary ok?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2016, 08:20:24 PM »
I always have sediment in my secondary's. Some guys even recommend not using a secondary at all.


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Re: Sediment in secondary ok?
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2016, 09:21:29 PM »
Even a slim cake can break down eventually and cause bad flavors. Unless it's for a specific reason like dry hopping (which shouldn't take months) the beer should be packaged.

Secondary is useful as a tactic to drop remaining sediment roused in the transfer process when using powdery and less flocculative yeast and when one can't cold-crash the fermenter.
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