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Old 12-13-2012, 12:24 PM   #11
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Two weeks for something that heavy on oak shouldn't be a problem. I put a beer that was much lighter and far more "delicate" on oak for two weeks (4 oz. of light toast oak) and it is no where close to overpowering. I'd think the flavors of the oak will fit with what you've described so well it should work great.

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Old 12-14-2012, 01:04 AM   #12
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Two weeks for something that heavy on oak shouldn't be a problem. I put a beer that was much lighter and far more "delicate" on oak for two weeks (4 oz. of light toast oak) and it is no where close to overpowering. I'd think the flavors of the oak will fit with what you've described so well it should work great.
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Well, after stirring it like a madman a couple days ago, I took another reading today and it's still dead on at 1.030. Looks like all the rousing did was make it cloudy. I'm going to call it final gravity and bottle this weekend.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:11 AM   #13
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If a beer is done, it is done, and it doesn't really matter what the FG of the beer is. My OG 1.170 5 year aging barelywine for my 50th birthday in a couple more years finished at 1.040 and that was with two different yeasts, a ton of oxygen, and lots of nutrients.

The beer ain't going any lower. And at 17.3 % abv, it doesn't really need to. So I'm not worried about it being high, because it's finished. That's what you need to make sure, not what the FG of something is, but if it is truly finished or not.

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Old 12-14-2012, 05:02 AM   #14
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Good advice, good advice. Holy cow, now that's a beer.

Next time, I'll mash lower. Either way, from a random recipe cobbled together from various Northern Brewer stout recipes and my own imagination, through blind luck I have something that tastes exactly like I wanted. I'm very pleased, and can't wait until I can enjoy it (hopefully while it's still cold outside). The fear of exploding bottles is over, and all I have to do is wait and enjoy the sweet results.

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If you are worried about bottle bombs, bottle up a plastic bottle to use as your coal mine canary - it will get rock hard and the nubs on the bottom will invert if the beer is getting over carbed. If this happens you can pop the caps on the rest of the bottles to relieve the pressure.

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