In February I brewed a Belgian Strong Golden Ale for a competition in August. It sat for a month in primary and went from 1.088 to 1.009 and it’s been cold conditioning for a month around 38 degrees. I almost never bottle so I’d like some advice.
With all my other brewing I’m doing I kind of need the carboy the Belgian is sitting in. I’m considering using a clarifier in it to shine it up a bit. Idealy I’d like to let it bulk age longer, but if I hit it with Super Kleer or gelatin I wouldn’t mind the piece of mind from having three months to let it bottle condition. As this is a competition beer, I’d like to avoid re-yeasting if at all possible.
This is my first belgian strong golden ale so I’m in somewhat unfamiliar waters. Is one month of cold secondary going to be ok? With a 10%ABV beer can I get away without re-yeasting if I have three months to wait?
I’ve also not used super kleer before, any ‘best practices’ info on that? Pitch cold? When to bottle after using it?