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Offline Headless Monk

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Ready to fill cask for the first time
« on: June 18, 2014, 05:44:47 PM »

A couple specific questions:

- Anybody had issues with dry hops clogging the tap? Most sources I've read recommend just tossing the hops in, but I spoke to one person at a brewery that recommended bagging. I'll be using whole hops, if that is pertinent.

- Table sugar for priming?

- For yeast, I was going to re-pitch from the cake that I just racked from. Is this typical?

Any other general advice is welcome, particularly things to avoid.

Thanks!
Nate
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Re: Ready to fill cask for the first time
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2014, 05:59:57 PM »
I've used 4oz of while leaf in a pin sized cask before lose without problems.

For priming use 4.25-4.5oz of sugar (table sugar is fine).

If the beer isn't supper old or high gravity I wouldn't pitch new yeast. I would add done isinglass though when you fill it.

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Re: Ready to fill cask for the first time
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 06:02:46 PM »
Oh and fill from the shove hole (big one).. The other is rely small and when harder to see when you're getting to the top

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Re: Ready to fill cask for the first time
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2014, 01:59:01 PM »
If the beer isn't supper old or high gravity I wouldn't pitch new yeast. I would add done isinglass though when you fill it.

It's only about 12 days since brew day and around 1.050 so I should be okay.

I was thinking about using gelatin. Is isinglas better? In what ways?

Thanks for the tips.
Nate
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Re: Ready to fill cask for the first time
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2014, 02:46:29 PM »
Yeah you don't need to add yeast to that. Gelatin is fine. You just need to chill the beer down first.

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Re: Ready to fill cask for the first time
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2014, 03:38:14 PM »
Had the party a week and a half ago. The cask turned out great!  Killed the pin in one night. Everybody really enjoyed it.  Excited to try the next batch.

Thanks for the help dkfick!
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