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Old 10-17-2006, 07:36 PM   #1
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HELLO quick question for all you brewmasters out there. I am brewing my 3rd batch a strong ale barley wine used 12 lbs of liquid extract and a pound of belgian rock sugar. I used whitelabs ale yeast and it seems fermentation is almost done maybe a few more days...it has already been bubbling for 6 days straight this stuff is gonna be powerful!!!! now for my question....

HOW LONG SHOULD I LET IT WAIT IN THE PRIMARY AFTER FERMENTATION BEFORE I KEG IT AND ARTIFICIALLY CARBONATE IT??????? NOT GOING TO USE A SECONDARY(IS THIS A BAD IDEA)

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Old 10-17-2006, 08:05 PM   #2
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Barleywines can take 1-3 months to finish fermenting & 6-12 months of aging are a good idea before drinking. Barleywines are about the ONLY ales where I use a secondary, largely because of the very long fermentations and I like to add a high gravity yeast to finish them, so I get it off the trub of the first yeast.

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i was told a month and a half before i could keg....i am very impatient...will my beer taste bad if i dont wait a long time???

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Yes, barleywine are really harsh because of the high ABV. If you can't wait, don't make meads or barleywine.

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Yes, barleywine are really harsh because of the high ABV. If you can't wait, don't make meads or barleywine.
my last batch of mead was great after 2 years...
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