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Old 10-24-2008, 08:37 PM   #1
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Couple of Questions for my upcoming Oaked American Ale brew ...

Using Pale 2 Row and 80L Crystal ... do they go into the mash at the same time or at separate times?

in the airlock ... water or vodka ... why? always used water before, never had a problem.

primary vs. secondary fermentor ... do i really even need 2? i've never used 2 before, but my current plan is to leave for 10 days at 68F after pitching yeast, then add the oak for 14 more days .... should i rack to a second fermentor? add the oak to the primary?

if racking to a second is recommended .. can i rack to a sanitized bucket, clean the primary and use it again?

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Couple of Questions for my upcoming Oaked American Ale brew ...

Using Pale 2 Row and 80L Crystal ... do they go into the mash at the same time or at separate times?

in the airlock ... water or vodka ... why? always used water before, never had a problem.

primary vs. secondary fermentor ... do i really even need 2? i've never used 2 before, but my current plan is to leave for 10 days at 68F after pitching yeast, then add the oak for 14 more days .... should i rack to a second fermentor? add the oak to the primary?

if racking to a second is recommended .. can i rack to a sanitized bucket, clean the primary and use it again?
- Same time

- Water in the airlock, Vodka in the gullet.

- I'd just oak the primary and let it go long, opinions vary.

- could but what a PITA. Primary in the bucket and then rack to glass if that's what you got.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:55 PM   #3
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well, the current plan is to do the mash/boil/cool ... puor it to the carboy, pitch the yeast, and airlock ... wait 10 days and add the oak ... wait 2 more weeks

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Couple of Questions for my upcoming Oaked American Ale brew ...

Using Pale 2 Row and 80L Crystal ... do they go into the mash at the same time or at separate times?

Same time


in the airlock ... water or vodka ... why? always used water before, never had a problem.


50/50 of both vodka keeps it sterile in case of suckback, water keeps it cheaper.

primary vs. secondary fermentor ... do i really even need 2? i've never used 2 before, but my current plan is to leave for 10 days at 68F after pitching yeast, then add the oak for 14 more days .... should i rack to a second fermentor? add the oak to the primary?

rack onto oak in a secondary is the usual process


if racking to a second is recommended .. can i rack to a sanitized bucket, clean the primary and use it again?


I suppose, but you want a second carboy anyway, don't you? hummmmmm

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I would rather rack to a glass carboy with less headspace. Also, plastic is permeable, so if you end up leaving it on the secondary to long, that may have a negative effect. At least so I've heard around here.

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I have a half of pound of crushed grain left over from my first batch back into brewing, how long will that be good for if refrigerated? Thanks

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ok, here's another question ... how do i figure out how much grain i want to use? for an american ale ... or if i wanted to do partial grain, partial extract ... where can i find that type of info?

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-Mash all of your grain together
-vodka will not grow nasties. I use properly diluted starsan also.
-I would primary for at least 14 days, then rack to a secondary for oaking. Listen to the Jamil Show's podcast on wood aging. Its free through the itunes store. Search for "The Brewing Network Presents The Jamil Show"


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ok, here's another question ... how do i figure out how much grain i want to use? for an american ale ... or if i wanted to do partial grain, partial extract ... where can i find that type of info?
Get beersmith. It can help you calculate pm, all grain, extract amounts according to OG of that style.

Also, what are you trying to brew? An American Pale Ale?
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american amber or american pale .... i'm lookin at beersmith ... my origional recipe was all grain, 15.5 lbs of either american 2 row or pale 2 row, but i don't think that will fit into my 16qt stockpot.

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ok, what if i use my original recipe, cut everything in half and do it in 2 - 16qt stockpots? then i can keep my recipe as it is, and keep with the all grain?

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