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Brewed 6 gallons, fly sparged, all grain, of porter. American Style. Going to add cholaca and possibly nibs in a secondary.

Should I bottle, and bottle condition/age, or force carbonate this batch? Im finding conflicting answers. Dont want the bitterness or alkaline flavor to be to strong.

Thoughts/Suggestions?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cold crash before secondary of after?
« on: June 05, 2018, 09:55:08 PM »
I'd suggest cold crashing after your additions in secondary have had time to spread their goodness throughout the carboy.

I agree, just with "primary" replacing "secondary" and the "secondary" being taken out behind the wood shed.

I'm with ya on the "no secondary" input, just didn't object to getting it off the yeast in case the additions want to sit for longer than a few days.

So just pour in the cholaca, and the cacao nibs? I need to stir it around and mix it in? Im purchasing a Co2 setup and racking cane, along with a keg for it. So racking from primary into a secondary wouldnt be an issue as i will purge the second carboy, and then rack with co2. I like the idea of reducing any trub and residual yeast etc by using the secondary. I know most people dont, but with that equipment, I dont think I have high chance for oxygenation?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What equipment for Co2 Purging
« on: June 05, 2018, 09:52:52 PM »
I got it all figured out. put in an order for the co2 kane racking system, and a 5 gallon ball valve keg, with fittings, regulators, tank and hoses. Thank you

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What equipment for Co2 Purging
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:07:19 PM »
I think the most sensible approach (if you have the funds) is to buy a kegging set-up with one extra keg.  It will have a regulator, a keg, and hoses to connect gas to the keg and to dispense beer with a picnic tap.  When I purge anything other than a cornie keg, I use my extra keg to hold CO2 at pressure and attach the picnic tap hose to dispense CO2 rather than beer.

I’d like to move on that direction. I saw some options. What kit would you recommend? I’m racking from primary to secondary because of my ingredients. So I wanted to be sure, there wasn’t any oxidation when going between carboys.

Which keg setup would be best for under 200$?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What equipment for Co2 Purging
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:28:02 PM »
Steve, I wouldn’t recommend pressuring glass carboys, at all. Ideally, you’d use some stainless vessel - like a conical, Ss brewtec brew bucket, or even a corny or snake keg. For a cheaper approach, you could use a racking cane, carboy cap, and a better bottle. You could fill the better bottle up with starsan, and then push it all out with CO2. Then you just keep it closed, remove the gas in to the carboy cap and rack back down the cane.

Mylo


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Roger. Im also confused on what exactly I need to blow the actual CO2. A co2 tank, hose, and what do i use to control the flow etc. Sorry im totally ignorant to CO2.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cold crash before secondary of after?
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:25:17 PM »
I'd suggest cold crashing after your additions in secondary have had time to spread their goodness throughout the carboy.

Awesome sir, Thats kind of what I was thinking! Thank you

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All Grain Brewing / Cold crash before secondary of after?
« on: June 05, 2018, 03:40:29 AM »
Hey guys

Im brewing a chocolate porter, hopefully in the style of Boulder Brewings Shake Chocolate porter. I am adding cholaca and cacao nibs, and want to rack on top of these additions in a secondary carboy. I hope to find out what equipment I need to purge with CO2 (in another thread) before transfer. My question is should I cold crash in primary before transfer, or after sitting in cholaca and nibs in secondary for a few days before bottling?

Thank you

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General Homebrew Discussion / What equipment for Co2 Purging
« on: June 05, 2018, 03:38:50 AM »
Hey Guys. I am Steve, fairly green to all grain brewing. I brew all grain, with a fly sparge setup. My question is, what equipment would i need to purge my secondary (brewing with fruit/cholaca/cacao etc) with CO2, to reduce oxidation?

I know I obviously need a CO2 tank, but what would i use to actually blow the co2 into the carboy? Ive seen some people with a cane, and stopper... What is and how does that function? I could push water/sanitizer out with the co2 etc, or even purge, until I feel the oxygen has been pushed out enough.. What hardware/equipment would i use to just blow CO2 in?

My current brew, a chocolate porter, been in primary for 24 hours now. I am doing late additions of Cholaca, and cacao nibs in secondary. I will rack on top of Cholaca and nibs, let sit until I'm satisfied, and then cold crash before bottling.

Thank you, and nice to meet you all.

Steve
CPL USMC
Hueston Guitars

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