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Reply #15 - Apr 13th, 2020 at 3:59am
 
That book you talked about in the thread, it had some good pointers on how to go about wild fermentation.  Which i would definitely enjoy doing. Its about self sufficient for me..now i do have a question,  when i first racked it u put it in a pickle jar with lid, it got very tight.with my 2nd rack.  I put it back in a growler with an airlock back on it. Is that the right way ? Should it have been put in the growler with airlock at 1st?
On the bees i will be spending this year researching and readi g some of my books on beekeeping.

I am hoping to have the patience,  but then again. I am so busy that leaving it alone wont be a problem.
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Reply #16 - Apr 13th, 2020 at 8:40am
 
You'll want the airlock if there is any chance you still have any fermentation activity.  Even if there's a possibility it's at a level that you can't see because it's so small.

My normal schedule is something like this:
  • 5-6 weeks in the primary fermenter.
  • Rack to secondary and continue to use and airlock.  Leave in secondary for 3-4 months.
  • Rack again.  If this racking has no other additions, I'll switch the airlock to a solid top.  If anything is added (more honey, fruit, stabilizers, etc.) continue to use an airlock in case of any further fermentation or CO2 being release.
  • Repeat starting at Step 3 as needed.  Although if I'm adding fruit, I usually only leave it on for 2-3 weeks before racking again.

So to answer your question, yeah, I would have use the airlock after the first racking.  You are probably good with a completely sealed container after the second racking (again, as long as you're not adding anything).
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Reply #17 - Apr 13th, 2020 at 8:50pm
 
That makes alot of sense now. I dont remember reading time frames in the book, but cant fault hkm on it. Since each one is different.  Greatly appreciated.  I will most likely using your schedule as a base. Since i am jjmping into this with jo knowledge.  Lol. Plus instructions i did get from the kit, were very vague.
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