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Wood/Casks / Cask Additions
« on: January 11, 2014, 08:38:22 AM »
Hello there,

I am going to do a stout in my new pin that I got from NorthernBrewer, and had a few questions for those of you that have experience with casks.

I want to have the addition of raspberries and cocoa nibs to the cask. I understand that it takes two to three weeks for the cask to carbonate. So will having the addition of 5 pounds of raspberries and 8 oz cocoa nibs be okay in the cask for that long of a period? I was worried that they might start to break down and deteriorate or give off flavors etc etc.

Anyone with experience with this please give your two cents or lessons learned from casking. This will be my first time using a pin.

Thanks for the help, cheers.

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Kegging and Bottling / Big Gravity Brew - Bottling
« on: December 29, 2013, 07:42:04 AM »
Hello there,

I have not bottled for quite some time since I got my all of my kegs up and going. I just brewed a big old imperial stout with a SG of 1.106, and used a 2 liter starter of 1056. Beersmith says that it should take the brew down to around 1.024 which sounds great to me, like them a little sweeter.

My $37 question is that will I have to add some type of bottling yeast since the 1056 yeast is getting pushed to its limits ABV wise, or will I be okay if I let them sit in the bottles for a few months with some bottling sugar.

Thanks for any insight, I have not bottled a brew this big yet and would appreciate your advice.

~Cheers

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