Like the O.P., I’d like to avoid the extra time and complications of adding more yeast, and bottle direct after primary. My typical mode has been to do a long ageing in a carboy, and while the flavor has been great, carbonation has not always arrived at perfection. Plus I’d like to sample as it ages… not after.
Can anyone report on side by side tests?
I’m thinking of going a couple extra weeks in primary, after FG is hit, to simulate a bit of bulk ageing and gain some clarity.
Obviously style comes into play - and I’ve got a mix of styles. A .075 bock and a .095 baltic porter made with WY2206, and a .090 Belgian Quad made with WL500, all in the primary, waiting for my decision…
My current plan calls for primary for five weeks, and then bottle. Normally I use speise from cast-out wort, but will use priming sugar to ensure better fermentability for these big guys. I’m so used to kegging but want some of that “old school” bottling quality for these special brews. If no one reports a side by side test… I guess I’ll have to do it!