OK, just moved a NB Big Honkin’ Stout to secondary. Brewed per the recipe but moved one hop addition to get the IBU’s to 50 and also used Denny’s Favorite 1450 instead of 1332, due to having a cake from NB’s Rye Stout. Upon racking it looked and tasted great, and seemed like it would have a smoothness beyond that I’d expect in a 7% stout, thus I came up with an idea…
I primaried in a swamp cooler (frozen water bottle method of cooling), keeping temps around 63-65 degrees. Then I cold crashed for two days prior to racking, by doubling the amount of frozen bottles. When I had the beer in secondary I figured I would go straight back to the swamp cooler, and keep the temp around 40 degrees for the three weeks of conditioning. Anyone out there routinely secondary their stouts at temps that cool? What can I expect?
Also, I lost close to a gallon during racking (don’t ask). Will the extra headspace in the carboy be any cause for oxidation concerns?