That's the next step for my first beer. Although the recipe says we can skip this step and go straight to bottling, we're going to rack this beer with a cane and put it in secondary. Sounds like torture.
We actually could have done this step on Sunday, so we keep to the weekends for brewing - which I prefer. But this past weekend was Labor Day, the last long weekend - and the last campout - of the season. So Greg assured me we could wait a few days before bottling (and brewing the next beer).
We got home early evening on Monday and spent the rest of the time unpacking, showering, cleaning, and getting ready to go back to the real world. Tuesday was supposed to be the next step in the beer dance, as well as beginning a new flavor. Problem is, I haven't picked the next recipe I want to try. To be precise, I've picked some recipes that I want to try, but they won't be done in time for our Halloween party, and I really want at least one more brew ready for tasting by then.
We decided to transfer the first beer into a secondary. Greg says it
won't hurt anything, it'll just make the beer a little clearer and there
will be less sediment when we go to the bottling stage. Because I'd
like to have two batches ready for Halloween, we've opted to make this
recipe a second time, but not put it through the second transfer. This
will let me see the difference in clarity and taste (if any). We'll
also be brewing a fruit beer - as soon as I pick the recipe - but it
won't be ready for consumption by the end of October.