Late Night with a Blonde, or Bottling my Leffe Blonde Clone
I have been bulk aging my imperial nut brown ale in secondary, and since I unfortunately broke my other secondary a couple of months ago, I didn't have another vessel to rack the Leffe clone into from primary. However, it had spent four full weeks there; I did not plan to rack it onto fruit, dry hop, add wood, or do anything else odd, so technically, a secondary was really not needed for this beer. Secondaries have fallen out of favor with a lot of homebrewers, and while I have used one in each of my first two brews, I decided to skip this optional step for the Leffe clone.
At 8:00 PM, I brought my carboy upstairs, placed it on the kitchen counter, and wrapped a sheet over it (just to be absolutely sure that I ran no risk of skunkage). I didn't plan to actually bottle until later that night, so I figured that this would give plenty of time for any sediment that I might have stirred up to settle. I was very careful to minimize splashing or shaking the beer, but despite my best efforts, I did notice that a decent amount of trub had been kicked up during my move. This worried me slightly, but I figured that it would settle, and that the cap on my auto siphon would help me keep...
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