So I know we have talked about skipping the secondary on this blog. For the most part, we follow our own advice. For lagers, I tend to not follow that advice and I do rack to a secondary vessel to give the beer some time to condition.
This time around, it had another purpose. I needed some time between primary fermentation and bottling because I have to clean and sanitize some bottles. This secondary phase will give me some time to do that while the beer is chilling out.
So I prepared a carboy and racked the California Common on Tuesday night. I checked the gravity and was surprised to see that it was giving me a 1.008 reading. I had expected a final gravity reading of 1.012, so the yeast really did their thing and then some.
The starting gravity was a little higher than expected, probably around 1.052. I was shooting for a 1.050 but no harm there.
I put the carboy in the beer fridge and I have been slowly reducing the temperature over the last few days. I think we are sitting at 45°F right now and we started at 60°F. By the weekend, it will be down to 35°F and I will let it stay there for a week or so.