Simple answer - yes. My personal opinion is for Ales, don't rack before day 4 and don't bother after day 10 - just leave a couple of more days and then rack to your bottling bucket and bulk prime then bottle. For lagers, it's a bit trickier. I have only done three lagers, but from doing a bit of reading, I get the impression that, depending on the performance of my yeast, you should rack on days 7-9 then again on days 12-14, warm up for diacetyl rest, then lager for 4-8 weeks before racking to the bottling bucket.
There is good info on this at byo.com and howtobrew.com.
King, does that still hold when the primary seems complete in 3 days? My ales seem to go very fast even at 22-24 degrees. It may be that the primary is not completely done but it is a long way towards done... stops bubbling and fg down to 1012 say, which is around what I expect given the addition of malt and corn sugar.
I am wondering what to do with an ale that seems done and has been racked to a jerry can. I could rack to keg and put in fridge at 4 degrees C and slow carbonate. Or I could leave out at room temp (15 to 25 degrees C) for a while in case the yeasties want to chew on the fusal alcohols etc.
If it is kegged in the fridge then cold conditioning will improve it but I think the yeasts will be asleep and not metabolizing fusals etc. Any thoughts?
Well I have a fridge with a fan controler , for brewing and cold CC , I can only fit to jerries in it plus one fermenter, and they are there for 2-3weeks , then I keg and CC in the keg in another fridge for 3-4 weeks , crack and drink
Sorry it's all about racking , I brew lagers and rack when airlock activity slows , at 10c that's after about 2 weeks at 25c after about 3-4 days.
And it makes a difference , although I've never had those vegimite tastes
before racking , but cleaner and crisper
It does get hot in Mexico in Summer, so at times we have the same problem. Have you tried sticking your fermenter in a shallow water bath with a wet towel draped in it and around your fermenter?It is not as good as a fridge but worth a go. At the very least it is one step closer to convincing yourself, Yes! Ido need this fridge.
Hey Nearly, with those 35C days we've been having in Kenmore/Ipswich over the last week, I have been putting a frozen 2 L coke bottle filled with water on the lid of the fermenter, then wrapping a wet towel over the whole thing. It's kept my brew at 19-20C for the past 5 days. The low humidity helps, because it evaporates the water from the towel quicker, which wicks away the heat from the fermenter. I just have two bottles frozen - one in the freezer, the other on the fermenter, then I just swap them over when I get home from work and again in the morning. Works a treat!
Good idea Snow... thanks. I was already using a wet towel sitting in a tray of water but it seemed to keep it no lower than 22-24 degrees durig the hot days. The ice on top in the rotating bottles is bound to be much better.
One thing I noticed with the towel is that there were a few infections on the lid and outside of the fermenter after a weeks or so. Not on the inside.
Just a thought... I think I have been told that if you add salt to the water in the bottle it can be taken down to a lower temp in the freezer and so lasts longer/is colder. Dont know how much effect it has or if that would help here.
Just at the moment the temp seems to be moderating for a bit... hope so as I want to start another brew and would prefer to brew at around 18 degrees.
Gezza, yep you are right... I am convinced that a brewing fridge is a neccesity along with a cold conditioning fridge and a kegging fridge and a vegetable fridge and a drinks fridge and a main fridge. So far I only have the last three. (Plus my cousins kegging fridge on temp loan)