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sjzalew

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I used Wade's Chocolate Port recipe, but instead of strawberry I used orange consentrate..It started out as a nightmare, but it's comming along pretty well. I doubled the recipe and now after 4 weeks, I just racked it a 2nd time. The problem is I have about 20% lees on the bottom, So How do I top off? I have some everclear to add to it, but it wont be enough...Any ideas on what to use???
Thanks again everyone !
Steve

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OK,
I answered my own question, I went out and bought a 3 gal carboy, I already had a 1 gal. split it up and it worked out pretty well, now it just needs to age a little. I'm waiting for my chocolate extract to add to it before bottling.
 

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Sorry, I was looking at this post last night and then some friends came over and we got ripped drinking my home brew and I orgot to answer this post, my computer was still on this post this morning when I woke up to go to work, I never even shut the computer down last night! :)
 

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We can talk but it will have o wait till after I brew some more beer cause the supplies took a hit last night! :)
 

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Wade,
Question for you, ( or anyone else ) My chocolate port has been racked into two carboys ( 3 gal & 1 gal ) I've added everclear, 2 lts to the 4 gals. I've added 6 oz of Chcolate extract, it's been sitting that way for about a week now, and I tasted it, but I get a very strong alcohol taste. Any ideas on how to get rid of this?
 

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With lots of patience!!!!!! The higher the abv the longer you need to let it mellow. Did you do the math, whats the abv now?
 

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Wade,
Thanks, I did the math, and if I' correct, it is 19% abv. I don't mind letting it sit as long as it takes, I'll taste test it every couple of weeks.
Steve
 
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