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camelman 07-10-2006 09:00 PM

carbonating aged ale
i have 5 gallons of strong american pale ale (s.g 1.084/f.g. 1.011)
its been dry hopped and in secondary for 50 weeks !! tasted it today
and it tasted fine . want to know how much new yeast to add, if any to
get the right level af carbonation .

Walker 07-10-2006 09:07 PM

Well.... I've seen it stated on a different forum (by a guy who claims to age his big beers for multiple years) that you don't need to pitch any more yeast. It might take a while for the beer to carbonate.... but you've already waited 50 weeks... what harm is there in waiting another 6 to 8?


That said, I'd probably pitch more yeast. I would mix up my priming sugar and pitch a packet of dry yeast into it. When it started to foam a bit, put it in the bucket, rack your well-aged beer into it and bottle.

Please follow up here to let us know what you decide to do, and what the outcome is like.


camelman 07-10-2006 09:14 PM

thanks man i will keep updating ... by the way the it tasted incredible. something like a dfh smelled wonderfuland look crystal clear w/ long legs . bythe way what type of yeast do you suggest?

Walker 07-10-2006 09:16 PM

the yeast is probably not that important since it's only going to be fermenting a small amount of corn sugar, but if it concerns you, use the same strain that you fermented with.


Brewsmith 07-10-2006 11:24 PM

I am curious how you got it down to 1.011 FG. If my math is correct, thats 87% attenuation. Did you use any honey or corn sugar in the recipe?

camelman 07-12-2006 06:37 AM

yes i used 1 lb of inverted sugar i got from the pastry chef . i belive it was called trimoline.
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