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Joe Williams (144.106.63.60)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 03:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

In August I brewed a barleywine (OG 1.130), when I left home it was at 1.042 and a friend racked it after champagne yeast it got down to 1.038. He put it into a SS keg and told me after a week that it was still going evident by a foam ring on top. How long can I let it sit in the keg before I worry about yeast breaking down? I am inclined to say leave it be until I get home in the spring to bottle. My friend wants to rack it now. What do you you all think?
 

Denny Conn (63.114.138.2)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 04:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Leave it.
 

chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 04:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Another vote for leave it.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 04:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

With something that big, you could likely let the beer age for a year without problem. Take a specific gravity reading and rely on it as an indicator of whether the beer is ready to rack.
 

Skotrat (24.61.120.214)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 06:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Now,

DRINK IT!

C'ya!

-Scott
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 06:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I say leave it..
although drinking it sounds good too.. heh

Walt
 

Ryan Larsen (216.27.223.203)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 06:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'd say leave it...

Or do what I do... drink it and wish you had left it

:) and :(

Ryan
 

Vance Barnes (69.15.38.210)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 08:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Joe,

Any idea what the gravity is now? Since you already got it off the yeast there shouldn't be any hurry to rack it again. Guess you wish you could drink it where you are ;>( Know when you'll get back home yet? Have a great (or as good as possible) Xmas. We'll hoist one to you and eveyone else overseas. Skoal, Vance
 

Joe Williams (144.106.63.60)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 04:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks all, I'll pass this on to my caretaker back at home.

Vance, all I know at this point is "Late Spring." Since summer officially starts on 21 June I am planning on June but wishing for April.

Joe
 

Dan Mossman (171.75.169.217)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 04:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Whoaa. See the next post.

-Keep brewin'it up!
-Dan
 

Dan Mossman (171.75.169.217)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 04:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I absolutely second Ryan. Man. I wish I still had some Bigfoot clone floating around. I should just get into the habit of brewing a *BIG* BW a year, and the I'd never run out. Whohahaha. I'm Evil..... Soon I'd have One Million Barley Wines! Whohahahaah....

---Brew it up!
-Dan (Sorry, I've had several IPA's tonight, and a few saisons, too. I just finished my last final of the year). Nope. Actualy, I'm not sorry. Whohahahahah :-D
 

Andrew Bales (65.28.61.181)
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2003 - 02:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I usually let mine age in carboy for a year (last month on 4oz cascades0 and then bottle and let it set for another 6 months.
 

Stephen Deutsch (64.73.36.192)
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2003 - 06:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The less you rack it the lower your incidence of aeration. Leave it alone in a dark corner for a year.

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