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Old 09-26-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default Where do you do 6-12 month fermentation?

Howdy,

MW has a couple of kits that require 6-12 month fermentation: Imperial Stout, Bigfoot Barleywine,etc. Is all that time in the primary, secondary or bottle?

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Cellar, basement, fermentation chamber, etc, etc.


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Haha...no, seriously.

I guess I should have said aging, not fermentation.

I'm interested in Bourbon Barrel Old Ale, but not if it means tying up a primary for a year.
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That would be secondary or bottle. Some people like to bulk age and some like to age in the bottle. I was pressed for time so my barleywine is aging in the bottle.
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Thanks. Is there a big difference between bulk and bottle aging?
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Haha...no, seriously.

I guess I should have said aging, not fermentation.

I'm interested in Bourbon Barrel Old Ale, but not if it means tying up a primary for a year.
Seriously, same answer.
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Thanks. Is there a big difference between bulk and bottle aging?
Not really. The biggest downside of bulk aging is if it gets contaminated, the whole batch is shot. Had a cornie of barleywine gusher after 4 years.
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Thanks. Is there a big difference between bulk and bottle aging?
In bulk aging it tastes the same because it's all mixed together. But bottle aging could make different bottles taste slightly different due to different temps and stuff. But it's really no big difference.
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Brew buckets are like $15 at the LHBS. More buckets = more beer - see what I'm getting at?
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