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Old 12-01-2009, 09:23 PM   #11
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Newlander, your fermentation erupted into the ceiling? That's insane! I was planning using my 7.8 gallon bucket with an airlock for my primary- I've brewed a 5 gallon 1.075 OG in it with no problem. I am trying to avoid buying MORE brewing supplies, but if you all think it is imperative I will consider buying a blow-off (which would lead to buying a bigger 6.5 gallon carboy to match, etc., etc.)

Here is my updated recipe, influenced by everyone's suggestions, using Columbus for bittering because I can get them fairly cheap and at 16.5%, as well as a few other minor changes:

RIS 5.5 gallon 1.090 72 IBU

5.00 lb Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 33.33 %
5.00 lb Pale Liquid Extract [Boil for 15 min] Extract 33.33 %
1.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 6.67 %
0.75 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 5.00 %
0.75 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 5.00 %
0.75 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 5.00 %
0.50 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 3.33 %
0.25 lb Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 1.67 %
1.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [16.50 %] (60 min) Hops 27.7 IBU
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [16.50 %] (30 min) Hops 7.1 IBU
2.00 oz Mystery Hop [4.00 %] (15 min) Hops 4.4 IBU
1.00 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (5 min) Hops 1.2 IBU
1.00 lb Invert Sugar (0.0 SRM) Sugar 6.67 %
2 Pkgs Safale American Ale (DCL Yeast #US-05) Yeast-Ale

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Old 12-01-2009, 09:29 PM   #12
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You can't officially call the Russian Imperial Stouts.

They must now be referred to as Union of Soviet Socialist Replublic Stouts. Or USSRS.

Sorry for the update.

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Old 12-02-2009, 12:05 AM   #13
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I am trying to avoid buying MORE brewing supplies, but if you all think it is imperative I will consider buying a blow-off (which would lead to buying a bigger 6.5 gallon carboy to match, etc., etc.)
You'll probably have enough headspace with that large a fermenter. I always rig a blowoff during the first 3 days of fermentation or so, but I ferment in 6.5 gallon buckets exclusively. All you really need for a blowoff tube is a piece of 5/16" tubing a few feet long and a bucket or jug with sanitizing solution. The tubing should fit through the rubber grommet in your bucket lid and the other end goes into the bucket. It will also fit through a rubber stopper hole. When fermentation slows down, just replace it with your airlock. I've only had one batch blow off, but peace of mind is worth alot to me.
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