Any suggestions on how long to leave this in primary? I don't plan on doin secondary. Any feedback on this particular kit would be great. From what I hear It probably won't be ready til the next holiday season! Thanks for any input. Happy Friday!!
With 60 days in the primary you may not need much bottle conditioning. I'd sample one at the end of the first week just to see how well it is carbing up. Just make sure your bottles are in a warm (70-75 degrees F.) location and chill the sample one for at least 24 hours.I just hit the 60 day mark on my holiday ale's primary. It is finally this beer's turn to take a trip to the bottling bucket as soon as I get some bottles back from my brother this weekend. Really pumped to have this conditioning. Just hope the yeast is still awake enough to carb them up.
On this kit, when does it call to add the spices to the boil? At the end?I made a mistake with this kit -- misread the directions (my bad, I know) and added the spices to the steep, rather than the boil. I'm afraid I won't have much flavor from them now.
Should I add some orange peel, et al, to the primary now and let some of those flavors infuse? Or add it to the seconday (assuming I use one)?
I just hate to lose those great holiday spices -- they're what make the difference between a holiday ale and a simple ale, I think.
I missed it, but the directions call for the spices to be added with that last hops --the last 15 minutes of the boil.On this kit, when does it call to add the spices to the boil? At the end?
P.S. I'm in Strongsville as well. Small world.
So, after thinking about it and doing some research, I'm going to do the following. I will boil orange peel, vanilla bean, cinammon, and ginger to make an extract, then add the extract to taste when I rack it to secondary. I will also add a bit of oak then, because, well, why not?I missed it, but the directions call for the spices to be added with that last hops --the last 15 minutes of the boil.
Instead, I added them to the steeping grains, and steeped them at 160 degrees for 20 minutes.