How long should secondary fermentation last, do I need a wort chiller, help I think my keg is infected, & rehydrating yeast versus sprinkling it in – Ep. 247


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On Today’s Show:

Todd and James join me to take on YOUR homebrewing questions which included –
One listener wrote in about secondary fermentation time and is it necessary to let the beer sit up to 4 weeks?
Also, another member of our community emailed me asking if using a wort chiller is “necessary” during brew day and if he can get by without using one. This was a tricky question with a lot of factors in our answers but I think we covered it good.
After that, we took a question regarding an “infected” keg. The listener who wrote in has been having issues with beer having off flavors in this one specific keg he’s serving them out of. Bad brew days or an ‘infected’ keg?
Then, we wrap up this week’s episode with a question about rehydrating dry yeast versus sprinkling it on top of our wort.
Homebrew Supply article if you are wanting to rehydrate your yeast:

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