From the HBD Archive
From: att!iwtio!korz@hplabs.HP.COM
Subject: secondary fermenters
Date: 1989-10-26 19:35:36 GMT

>What advantages are gained by secondary fermentation?

The main reason to use a secondary fermentation vessel
is to get your beer away from the dead yeast before it
begins autolysis (the breakdown of the yeast cells).
This does not take place for at least a week, but I use
two stage fermentation even for my ales. Where it is
really important is for lagers where the beer spends a
much longer time in the fermenters.

Al.



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