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Old 11-11-2008, 11:46 AM   #1
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I brewed a Chocolate Stout last weekend. Added the Unsweetened Chocolate to the Boil with 5 minutes left. It has now been fermenting along nicely at 66-64 degrees. Anywho, the book that I got it from (Brewing Classic Styles) says that when Fermentation SLOWS DOWN, to then rack on top of your Cherry Purree. This will then kick off a secondary fermentation. Sound right? My beer has been in the primary now for 9 days. I think she's ready. The hard part for me though is that I am the guy that leaves his beers in the Primary for 3 weeks to try and help take care of any nasty flaors. Bearing in mind that the longer this beer sits in the primary, the more chocloty flavors she picks up. I don't want a Hershey Bar on my hands.So yeah, it's hard for me to rack into a secondary only 9 days into this. I guess what I'm looking for is a kick in the ass towards the right direction.

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I brewed a choc cherry stout a couple weeks ago too that I am getting ready to rack to secondary on top of some cherry's. I am thinking about adding more chocolate to the seconday when at the time of racking. First I am going to pull a sample though.

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you can certainly leave the beer in primary for 3 weeks, rack onto the fruit, but try to actually rack some of the yeast with it.

I just did a sour brown with an english strain, it fermented out quickly and flocculated much more than I wanted, but when I racked (after ~2 weeks) onto fruit (5 gal onto cherries, 5 gal onto raspberries) just took some of the yeast cake with it and it seems to be fermenting out fine.

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you can certainly leave the beer in primary for 3 weeks, rack onto the fruit, but try to actually rack some of the yeast with it.

I just did a sour brown with an english strain, it fermented out quickly and flocculated much more than I wanted, but when I racked (after ~2 weeks) onto fruit (5 gal onto cherries, 5 gal onto raspberries) just took some of the yeast cake with it and it seems to be fermenting out fine.
Thaty's what I was looking for Colorado. Thanks for the nudge in the direction i was hoping I could go.
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