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Old 07-21-2007, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default A little Barley Wine help please

I'll try to give as much info as possible. Just brewed my 2nd batch ever. It was a DME kit from Brewmaster's select for English Barley Wine. Everything seems fine but after just 2 days, it seems to bee doing nothing. The first 2 days it over flowed my 1 qt blow tube all over the place. I guess my question is, Should I just let it go or should I pitch my Champainge yeast. I was planning on doing that when I racked to secondary, but should I do it now? Thanks for any help.

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Old 07-21-2007, 09:23 PM   #2
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my barleywine kept going for weeks.
i would check your gravity with a hydrometer - then you will know if the first yeast is at its alcohol limit

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Old 07-21-2007, 09:44 PM   #3
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Thanks Rod. If my hydrometer reads the same for 2 days, then should I pitch the second yeast or let it go for a while longer on the first yeast(windsor)?

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from another website:

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Windsor Ale (Lallemand) Produces a full ... Low or no detectable diacetyl, alcohol tolerance ... to ferment to dryness with good alcohol tolerance approximately 11-12% ABV

when you check your gravity if the alcohol is approaching the limit for the windsor i would pitch the champagne yeast which are usually good up to 18%
(lavlin ec-1118)
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Windsor is a relatively low attenuation yeast used for brews that need a sweeter finish. I'd pitch the champagne yeast.

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Thanks all. Cool site Rod!

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Here's a little listening: http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/jamil.php

TBN just archived a show on English Barleywine, just listened to it this morning.

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i was listening to those at werk for a while...great info!

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Well my OG was 1.093. Maybe a little low? At day 4 and 5 in the primary it is at 1.040. So I pitched my red Star yeast. Then racked to secondary. Next morning still doesn't seem to be doing anything. guess just wait..........

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i wouldn't have racked until it was finished...

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