Using a carboy to homebrew better looking beer.

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The use of a glass carboy or better bottle for secondary fermentation is the single best thing you can do to improve your homebrew. Not only does an extra week or two add relaxed ageing time to the batch, it allows the beer time to clear.

Most of the sediment from your primary fermenter should stay in the pail when you rack the beer into the carboy. After fermenting the beer in your ale pale, siphon it into a clean and sanitized carboy; place a rubber bung into the carboy opening and your fermentation lock into the bung. Ales rest in the carboy for one or two weeks. Lagers can be left in the secondary fermenter for one or two months in cold storage. Minimal sediment will collect in the bottom of the carboy and it should stay put. When you're ready to bottle, rack the beer into the bottling bucket and then bottle as usual. Tip: move the carboy a day or two before bottling in order for the sediment to settle back to the bottom before bottling. These steps should help keep your beer more clear. If your beer clarity still doesn't improve after trying these steps, try using a fining agent.

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Home Beer Brewing

Brewing beer is an American Tradition.