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Old 08-28-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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I have an English style brown ale in primary and I will be reracking it this weekend. Can I add any type of nut extract for flavoring when I rack it to secondary?

If so, what's the process like? I added a couple pinches of cinnamon midway and towards the end of the boil and I think some nuttiness might go well since Rouge's Hazelnut Extract is one of my fav's.

Mahalo in advance for any guidance.

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There is probably no need to rack it. You can try some extract, I've used vanilla, about 1.5 ounces in 5 gallons. It is a bit strong at first but mellows over several weeks...extracts do that. Just be careful and add slowly because you cannot undo it!

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I have an English style brown ale in primary and I will be reracking it this weekend. Can I add any type of but extract for flavoring when I rack it to secondary?

If so, what's the process like? I add a couple pinches of cinnamon midway and towards the end of the boil and I think some nuttiness might go well since Rouge's Hazelnut Extract is one of my fav's.

Mahalo in advance for any guidance.
I would not recommend butt extract. Tastes awful
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Haha NUT! Lol

No need to rack it? So you don't use a secondary? Just primary to bottles? I'm a newbie

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Haha NUT! Lol

No need to rack it? So you don't use a secondary? Just primary to bottles? I'm a newbie
You want to add your boiled priming sugar mixture and the extract to your bottling bucket, then rack your beer on top of it, making sure it swirls well without splashing. Then you bottle right away.

A secondary is usually the term used for a bright tank, a vessel your beer is going to sit in for a week or more while more yeast drops out of suspension. I don't think any other topic is more controversial on here, but it's all a matter of preference whether you use a bright tank or not.
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Ok thanks. I've met guys who just used a primary fernenter for weeks and then bottled but the brew store said to use a secondary bucket for another 7 days after primary fermentation has ended...?

Only on my 3rd batch so I'm open. I'd rather not rerack and add a chance to contaminate my beer.

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Ok thanks. I've met guys who just used a primary fernenter for weeks and then bottled but the brew store said to use a secondary bucket for another 7 days after primary fermentation has ended...?

Only on my 3rd batch so I'm open. I'd rather not rerack and add a chance to contaminate my beer.
I've never used a secondary and never had any problems. But to each his own.
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Cool thanks. 2 Q's.

How long for a brown ale in primary? Avg temp around 70.

Do you find that your bottles have more yeast than if you would've used secondary?

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the brew store said to use a secondary bucket for another 7 days after primary fermentation has ended...?

Only on my 3rd batch so I'm open. I'd rather not rerack and add a chance to contaminate my beer.
I subscribe to the theory that secondaries are only useful for dry-hopping, adding fruit/oak/etc, or long aging (more than 3 months).

One of my co-workers uses a secondary on every batch because it makes sense to him, even though he will be the first to tell you that my beer is better!
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What is the OG of the beer? The higher the OG, the longer I let it sit in the primary. As for extra yeast in the bottles, you can't really tell. I mean, yeast are microscopic.

Edit...just realized you are probably taking about the sediment at the bottom. But no, no real difference in my opinion.

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