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Old 01-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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I am ageing my first beer its a high avg pumpkin beer the first time brewing it there was way too much unfermented sugar left in the beer after 2 weeks in secondary fermentation so I thought that ageing it would dry it out a bit 8-10 months is where I'm going to start but plz let me know any tips or tricks if you have them


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Old 01-13-2012, 07:58 PM   #2
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What was your recipe- OG/FG? it could be you are already fermented out.


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Old 01-14-2012, 09:26 AM   #3
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O.g. was 1.073 and FG was 1.010 abv is 8.1%
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:32 AM   #4
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O.g. was 1.073 and FG was 1.010 abv is 8.1%
Sounds like a winner. Did you do consec. Readings over a couple days?
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:40 AM   #5
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I am ageing my first beer its a high avg pumpkin beer the first time brewing it there was way too much unfermented sugar left in the beer after 2 weeks in secondary fermentation so I thought that ageing it would dry it out a bit 8-10 months is where I'm going to start but plz let me know any tips or tricks if you have them
8-10 months? That's like mead or barley wine time. I'd say a month at the most in the secondary @1.070's. How are you coming up with there being too much unfermented sugar? Is it too sweet?
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:28 AM   #6
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What was your anticipated final gravity? What's your recipe and yeast strain? It sounds like you got pretty good attenuation. You could try hitting it with a fresh pitch of yeast or raise the temp 10 degrees but I don't think you're going to see a substantial drop in gravity, .010 seems pretty low for most pumpkin recipes I have seen. I think of pumpkin ale as a full bodied style with a fair amount of residual sweetness to balance the spices.
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Your gravities sound pretty good, you probably don't want to thin it out too much. I'd just bottle and give it a month. I like to bottle age, clears up fermenters


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