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Old 04-06-2012, 02:51 AM   #21
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Where did you get a used 5 gallon bourbon barrel at?

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Old 04-06-2012, 04:08 AM   #22
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http://www.HomeBrewing.org/

$110 shipped, probably sold out but you can get on their mailing list.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:26 AM   #23
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this? http://www.homebrewing.org/Used-5-ga...el_p_2187.html

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Old 04-06-2012, 01:23 PM   #24
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Yes, if you get on the list they will sell for $89 not $189 plus shipping. Should have some more in a couple of months.

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Old 04-18-2012, 03:27 PM   #25
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So after my 10 day trip I come back to take a reading...1.035 really dosn't appear to have moved at all. I feel it's still a little too sweet and I think it will go down past .028. I created a 2L starter with my WL099. I didn't have any Light DME but did have dark DME which I guess isn't a big deal since it's a stout anyways? My question is, do I just pitch the entire starter or chill and decant? I didn't want to alter the beers flavor or ABV too much. Only thing is I wouldn't be pitching at high krausen and the beer is already at 13%.

Oh, and barrels are backin stock for $89 + shipping...they had 81 available as of yesterday.

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Old 04-18-2012, 08:32 PM   #26
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Chill and decant. No use watering down the big beer.

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Old 04-19-2012, 06:48 PM   #27
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Chill and decant. No use watering down the big beer.
Agreed. I've had success pitching a high gravity yeast starter into a beer that big. It'll be slow to get rolling and will take some time to shave some gravity, but it should work.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:23 AM   #28
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After only 24 hours of pitching the 099 I am already seeing good activity in the airlock. Excited to see how low it will go

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Old 05-04-2012, 05:45 PM   #29
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I checked my gravity after 2 weeks of the 099 doing it's thing. I was hoping to drop down to 1.026 at the very best and was surprised to see I hit a FG of 1.021. Really happy it did because at 1.035 before I pitched the 099 it was too sweet. Now it has a nice dry taste. I transferred from primary to my 5gallon barrel. No issues with leaking which was also a concern of mine. Bad news there is even with my original 6gallon batch I didn't have enough to fill the barrel to the very top...probably 1 1/2" of head space. I think the loss of volume was due to some krausen overflow I experienced early in the primary fermentation, taking a few too many samples, and alot of trub left behind...maybe some evaportation too? Either way I think it's going to turn out great and fully inted on doing another barrel aged beer again. I alos took some pictures through my journey on this one so maybe i'll write up my lessons learned with some instructions when it's all done.

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Old 05-04-2012, 08:23 PM   #30
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Keep us updated, I'm interested in a real high gravity beer and don't have the equipment yet to make the leap to AG.

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