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Old 11-21-2008, 02:47 AM   #1
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Default Bulk aging or bottle aging for big beers

I've got a belgian abby that is going to come in around 10% ABV. I plan on aging it for around 8-9 months before trying it. Should I bottle it around 2 months and age it in the bottle or should I age it in the secondary for 6-7 months before bottling? Or does it matter? Thanks in advance.


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Old 11-21-2008, 01:47 PM   #2
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bottle it. Just my 2 cents. The risk with bulk aging it is that the yeast will go dormant and you will have to re-pitch in order to bottle carbonate.


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Old 11-21-2008, 02:00 PM   #3
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You can bulk age in secondary for a couple of months without the need/worry about re-pitching.

I would bulk for a couple months in secondary so the flavors sort of marry each other together in a larger volume, then bottle it and condition for several more months.
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I would definitely bulk age it for a few months (3-4 if it were me) and then bottle and age for another few months.

I bulk aged my Wee Heavy (1.089 OG) for 6 months and had no trouble getting it to carb up in the bottle.
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Old 11-21-2008, 09:44 PM   #5
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That's kinda what I was thinking too. I didn't want to have to re-pitch the yeast. Thanks for the advice!


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