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Old 12-16-2011, 06:24 AM   #1
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I used a brewers best kit and added 4oz cocoa powder 1 cup dark brown sugar and 8 oz of cocoa nibs to last 15 min of boil. Its been in primary 17 days and I am about to transfer to secondary and add another 8oz of cocoa nibs I've soaked in vodka for a week. I don't have a kegging system any suggestions on aging before going to bottles?

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Old 12-16-2011, 12:38 PM   #2
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i'd secondary with the cocoa nibs atleast 2-3 weeks

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Old 12-17-2011, 04:18 AM   #3
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Thanks I think I'm gonna do 3 minimum then bottles until end of May. I want to do the aging right after all the work I've put into it.

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if you're planning on waiting till may to actually drink then i'd just leave it on the nibs in the secondary for the next 3 months then bottle and have a month or 2 to condition. aging in bulk (your secondary) will make the beer more consistent

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Old 12-17-2011, 06:13 AM   #5
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Thanks! Will do

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Old 12-17-2011, 08:29 PM   #6
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What makes a "russian imperial" stout Russian? Or did someone just pick a nationality to go along w/imperial?

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it had something to do with how the beer was shipped to russian czars or something. they starting brewing it a certain strength to survive the travel to russia. I'm pretty sure that's the deal, kind of like how IPA came about. I think the imperial part has something to do with it going to russian royalty

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Old 12-18-2011, 02:53 AM   #8
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I've read the same thing myself

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Old 12-18-2011, 04:55 PM   #9
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I also read that at bottling I may need to add a package of yeast for carbonation since it set so long. Did u also do this?

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yeah it's a good idea cuz a lot of the yeast will settle. I'd give you advice on how to do that but i either suck at it or have had bad luck so you're better off googling the proper procedure for doing that

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