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Old 01-25-2011, 11:59 AM   #1
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I brewed an AG pumpkin ale inspired by Souther Tier's amazing Pumking. When I transferred to the secondary I added one dash of cinnamon too many because it needed a little something. It still tastes awesome, but it’s not Pumking because the cinnamon is a bit to prevelant. I decided I would toy around with the batch a bit, just for fun. I wanted a bit more of a caramel flavor to shine through…so I used some squeezable caramel ice cream topping. Not a ton, maybe a tablespoon or a tad more. I added it and shook the carboy up after replacing the airlock. We’ll see how it turns out. I scoured HBT to see if anyone had tried this before, but I didn’t come up with any answers. I’ve seen people adding honey to the secondary, so I figured it’s essentially the same idea. We’ll see in about a week!



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Old 01-25-2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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I did the same thing with a 3 gallon batch of cider but I put more than half of the contents into the carboy. it built up on the bottom just like a yeast cake, turned out to be the best cider I ever tasted



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Dang man, shaking your secondary was a bad decision.

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Dang man, shaking your secondary was a bad decision.
overlooked that part. hope op didn't oxidize his beer
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Well I didn't "shake it" as much as I swirled it around. I didn't realize that was a no-no. So when spices or anything is added to the secondary, you shouldn't do anything to get them mixed in?

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a gentle swirling is usually ok. shaking or splashing will introduce oxygen to your beer which you don't want

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Well I didn't "shake it" as much as I swirled it around. I didn't realize that was a no-no. So when spices or anything is added to the secondary, you shouldn't do anything to get them mixed in?
Typically, when adding something to secondary, most people will put the addition into the carboy then rack the beer on top. The turbulence created by racking will mix everything pretty well. But time and diffusion would do the same thing even without mixing initially.
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That's what I do too, but I took a sample and decided that it still "needed something", which is when I added the caramel. I swirled the carboy to get it mixed in, but I definitely did not shake it.

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Well I didn't "shake it" as much as I swirled it around. I didn't realize that was a no-no. So when spices or anything is added to the secondary, you shouldn't do anything to get them mixed in?
You should be fine unless you are planning to age this beer. In homebrew set-ups, most beers get some degree of oxygenation, but it usually has minimal or no effect in beers consumed within a couple of months after.
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I would worry about there being perservatives in the ice cream topping and that might inhibit any yeast activity that might be going on, or possibly carbonation when the time comes for that. You would think that a tablespoon isn't that much, but alot of the food we eat is way loaded up on these preservatives and a little can go a long way.

Just a thought, you might not have any problems at all...or there might not be any preservatives in the stuff you used. I bring it up because its a common occurance on this forum....someone asks why their beer fermentation has stalled and it turns out they were "experimenting" and added something funky "just for fun" and it turns out they just dropped a crap-load of perservatives in their beer.



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