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Old 02-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Belgian Quad-high FG-need to prime?

Brewed a Belgian Quad a couple months ago. It's spent almost 6 weeks in secondary. Here's a brief rundown of the recipe:

5 gallon batch
8 # Belgian Pale Malt
8# Belgian Pilsner Malt
2# Corn Sugar
40oz Belgian Candi Sugar
Wyeast Trappist High Gravity yeast
misc hops but that won't effect gravity
OG-1.110
Gravity at day 9 (transfer to secondary)-1.050
Gravity yesterday at 6 weeks-1.038

It has good residual sweetness. My question is with a high gravity beer, do I need to repitch some yeast before priming? Or is there enough sugar left unconverted by the yeast to just bottle without priming? Or do I just bottle as usual?
Thanks for any input.

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Old 02-08-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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I bet you are fine! A few more months, then maybe worry about it... but 2 months should be fine without having to add anything..

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I should also mention that I made a large starter with this yeast. Used 1 smack pack in DME starter then after a day or 2 added more boiled and cooled DME/water and let it sit another day before pitching into wort.

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I dont have a ton of experience, but just did a 15g wheat wine that went 1.100 to 1.019 in ten days. We put in on 2 huge yeast cakes from a much larger batch and then added 2 viles wlp530 at day 4 so there was no lack of yeast. It sat in primary for a month and half, a small amount of brewers yeast was added at bottling with the usual corn sugar and the damn things are not carbed after a month of sitting at 68 degrees. There is some carbination in the beer, but not enough to even get head. Its very frustrating as the beer has a great flavor and a lot of money into it and the no carb thing is really bothering me.

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You really used highly fermentable base malts and adjunct sugars in this one. I'm willing to bet the reason the yeast is crapping out on you is the alcohol level. My gut feeling is that there is still plenty of fermentable sugar in this beer. You might try the Belgian trick of pitching some champagne yeast before you bottle.

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I dont have a ton of experience, but just did a 15g wheat wine that went 1.100 to 1.019 in ten days. We put in on 2 huge yeast cakes from a much larger batch and then added 2 viles wlp530 at day 4 so there was no lack of yeast. It sat in primary for a month and half, a small amount of brewers yeast was added at bottling with the usual corn sugar and the damn things are not carbed after a month of sitting at 68 degrees. There is some carbination in the beer, but not enough to even get head. Its very frustrating as the beer has a great flavor and a lot of money into it and the no carb thing is really bothering me.
Give it another month or two. That is a high OG, and it might just take that long to get properly carb'd.
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Yeah, thats the plan, but Tom Petty wasnt lying, the waiting IS the hardest part.

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Fg seems really high... 1038 , did you double check?

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Good point, what temp has this been fermenting at? Seems like the yeast has stalled out and went dormant.

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Oh sorry, failing at reading, why did you transfer to secondary when the beer was still at 1.050? Yeast still had a lot of work to do. Id wait for some more experienced brewers to confirm, but if it were me id make a quick starter with that same yeast and repitch. Leave it alone for a week or 2 and see where its at.

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