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Old 12-16-2012, 11:58 AM   #81
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rusty, you are going to love it

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:21 PM   #82
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Brewed this today, woo hoo! I hit all my numbers spot on. Mashed at 150, ended up with SG of 1.072 for about 66.7% efficiency. I'm pretty excited about it. It's in my fridge now and I'm starting fermentation temp at 65 as Jamil stated, although that seems a little low for 002. I'll watch it close and ramp up as I need to. Any thoughts on that?

Overall it looks and tastes good so far. It's definitely black!

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Old 12-30-2012, 01:36 PM   #83
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Here's an update on the brew. WLP002 is a silent MONSTER! I made a 2 liter starter, decanted and pitched Wednesday afternoon. By the next morning (Thursday) it was going pretty good. By the time I got home Thursday evening there was almost zero activity. Friday it had slowed even more. I was afraid I had a stuck fermentation. I check it Saturday and the krausen had already dropped and the top was almost clear. I'm a very patient brewer and trust my yeast but I have to admit I was getting a little worried even to the point where I was looking into how to rouse the yeast up and all kinds of other stuff. This morning I did what I was supposed to do and took a gravity reading. It was 1.016! Wow that thing fermented fast! My sample was very good also so I think this beer will turn out very well. I was surprised that this yeast would ferm out so fast. I started my temperature at 65 and by by Saturday had it to 68. I checked my sample temperature and it was right at 68 degrees. I went ahead and cranked the temp up to 70 now so if the yeast neeed to clean up anything they will.

I'm very pleased with how this beer is going. I'll leave it on the yeast for a couple more weeks and then keg it. We'll see how it goes!

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Old 12-30-2012, 02:12 PM   #84
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Just curious.. the OP recipe says to start the recipe and increase to .... to what? 68 or higher? Like, finish at 70* for a few days?

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Old 12-30-2012, 02:42 PM   #85
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Yea, it just kinda leaves you hanging! The White Labs website says that the optimal fermentation temperature range for 002 is 65 to 68 degrees. So I just ramped it up through that range. Not that I'm pretty sure I've hit terminal gravity I wanted to let it go up to70-72 for a week or two for the yeast to "clean up".

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Yah.. kinda what I usually do.. just didn't know if JZ had a special 'secret'

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I kept hearing from people how great this was the first time I brewed it, so I am going to do another batch--this time with an 007 cake (instead of a Safale-04 cake). Sunday I am going to brew an English Brown for wifey to make that cake--then going to have at this one for the second time.

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Wow, it's been 3 weeks on the gas and I just tried it. Wow! It's really good! A little drier than I thought it would be but not too dry. It finished at about 7.1 ABV. I've never had the real thing so I don't have anything to compare to. The roastiness is great, and the color is BLACK! The head is a nice light chocolate brown. Like I said, I can't compare it to the real Obsidian stout but I tell you what, I like it WAAYYY better that the Sierra Nevada stout I just had.
I've been drinking a lot of Imerial Stouts lately so I know my tastebuds are still thinking "Imperial Stout", so I'm trying to think NOT AS RICH.

I know the pictures not the greatest but it gives you a good idea. I really like it so far. Look like I'll do this one a second time for sure!

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Just brewed this as my first stout last night... Quick question - would this benefit at all from carbing it with beer gas. I have an extra cylinder that I came across... Would I need a special faucet or would a standard be ok?

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I used regular CO2. Came out fine to me.

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