So after a rasp. wheat (turned out okay but not great) and a Kolsch (still carbing up, but tasted great at bottleing) I thought I'd try a high-gravity beer. I brewed a Belgian heavy ale yesterday (1.088 starting gravity) . I am too lazy to make a starter, so I just added two smack packs of yeast
It's fermenting along very nicely, and I'ma leave it in primary for 3-4 weeks. I bought a 5 gallon glass carboy for a secondary fermentation because it's a "big" beer and I guess prevailing wisdom is that racking to a secondary for another 2-3 months should help the beer "peak out" before I bottle.
So just a couple of questions: finings. I've never used them before. Should I have added them before I put the beer in secondary? Should I add now or when I rack to secondary? What should I use? Isinglass, Irish Moss, Gelatin?
How warm or cold should the secondary fermentation be? When do I "Cold crash and for how long?
I think the best part of having a secondary might be freeing up the primary for another batch! now what to brew....?
For the record, I am enjoying a home brew as I type
Time really helped my second batch, and I am NOT going to rush this beer. -but I AM drinking alot more store beer while I wait for my closet to fill with homebrew.
-Just so I can keep the empties of course.