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Old 09-06-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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On Labor Day, we brewed up Yuri_Rage's Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale as a partial mash (6 gal batch size), and an additional 2 gallon AG. Pitched 1.5 packets on S-04 on the pumpkin, the other 0.5 on the small batch. Fermentation started immediately, and has now slowed. I am leaving for 2 weeks on Wednesday.... so, Assuming the FG is stable for 3 days, would you guys rack after 8-9 days in the primary to a secondary, or just let em be? The recipe for the AG is below, if interested. They been in a swamp cooler with temps in the 60s, but I expect the temps to go up to the low/mid 70s while I'm away.

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3# US 2-row
1.5# malted red wheat
0.5# Crystal 20L
0.4oz cascade @ 60min
0.25oz sorachi ace @ 15min
0.25oz sorachi ace @ 0min
Mashed 150-145 for 1 hour.
Pitched 0.5 packet of Safale S-04 at ~70F.
Planned 2.5 gallon batch, about 2 gallons made it in the primary, with 1.061 OG.



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Old 09-06-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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I would just leave them alone, a month in the primary is a good thing.



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a month primary is my standard procedure for all my beer

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Just leave'em in primary while you're gone. They should be done & settling out clear by the time you return.
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Where is that thread regarding the long discussions on racking or not racking to secondary, I'd like to study it. Can someone hook me up ?

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I had a feeling that's what everybody would say! I asked mainly because Thunderstruck recipe calls for a secondary. Ideally I would do 2 weeks on the yeast, then 10 days in the secondary with the spice addition with 5-7 days left. I guess adding the spices at kegging when I return can't hurt, right?

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As long as the spices don't clog the tube.

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Where is that thread regarding the long discussions on racking or not racking to secondary, I'd like to study it. Can someone hook me up ?
I'm new here, but I just stumbled across this in another thread,
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/secondary-not-john-palmer-jamil-zainasheff-weigh-176837/
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As long as the spices don't clog the tube.
I was going to make a spice tea with ground spices. They should settle in the couple of weeks of carbing and exit with the first pint (I would think).
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I'm new here, but I just stumbled across this in another thread,
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/secondary-not-john-palmer-jamil-zainasheff-weigh-176837/
Thanks buddy, exactly what I was looking for.....


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