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Offline madscientist

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To rack to secondary or leave it alone
« 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? 
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Re: To rack to secondary or leave it alone
« Reply #1 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" :)
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Re: To rack to secondary or leave it alone
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2011, 09:47:40 AM »
And then immediately use that yeast cake to make a 5 gallon batch of something tasty!
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Re: To rack to secondary or leave it alone
« Reply #3 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.
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Re: To rack to secondary or leave it alone
« Reply #4 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.
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