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Old 09-07-2009, 09:35 PM   #1
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Is it too late to brew a 1.091SG 1.022FG beer? How long does this 9percent beer need to age?

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Old 09-08-2009, 12:42 AM   #2
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If you brew it now, it should be good to go by Christmas. Maybe 4-6 weeks in fermentation and another 8 weeks in the bottle and it should be excellent...

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Just go extra light on the spices. They usually take a long time to mellow out...especially clove.

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Just go extra light on the spices. They usually take a long time to mellow out...especially clove.
I agree. You should have enough time for the beer to age but the spices will take longer. Brew it, it will still be good after the holidays!!
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It's only 9:30 west coast time...you should be fine!!!

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Just go extra light on the spices. They usually take a long time to mellow out...especially clove.
the recipe im using has nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger. no clove.
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I did my Honey Imperial Porter around this time last year, it was great by Xmas. I went light on the spices.

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I think most people add too many spices in the first place. But you're going to need a few months even if you don't add any!

Do it - worst case scenario it will be fantastic next xmas!

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