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Old 07-03-2009, 11:16 PM   #161
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This will be our July 4th brew. Just got the ingredients from the LHBS here in Albuquerque. Just about $70 for the 5gal extract version. Sounds pretty high. Could I have done better ordering online?
Are you going to do a full boil? That would be best!

Steep your grains in 2 gallons of RO water at 155 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove grains, top up kettle to 7 gallons with RO water and then you can add your DME. Add the Maltro Dextrin during the last 15 minutes of the boil.

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Old 07-04-2009, 02:20 PM   #162
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Yes a full boil in an 8 gal brew pot. I may have to keep the volume down to 6 gals to prevent boil over but will add more water as needed. What is "RO water". I am thinking it means Run Off. I was going to steep in 2 gals. then rinse the grains through a stainer with preheated sparge water to bring the volume up.

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RO water is reverse osmosis filtered water.. water stripped of minerals

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RO water is reverse osmosis filtered water.. water stripped of minerals
NOOB ALERT!!! Why RO water? Are porters different than ales? For the ales I have brewed so far, I have been using Albuquerque tap water or bottled drinking water from the store. I have read here on HBT that if your tap water tastes good then use it.
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:02 PM   #165
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The extract already was made with proper water and minerals. Why add more to mess it up. I find that using RO or distilled water works best when making extract brews.

I use filtered tap water for my all grain brews, but I use RO water from the Glacier dispenser at my local grocery store.

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Thanks Ed. We will get some RO water for today's cookin'.

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I added about 2oz of Maker's Mark to my final product, not a strong flavor, but brought out more awesomeness of this recipe. Definitely will brew again.

My buddy said "wait, you combined liquor and beer, well that can only become the greatest thing ever." Him passed out on the couch was testimony enough I think.

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Did you add 2 ounces to 5 gallons?

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Well, we brewed this on the 4th but had some issues. I had to pack up all my brewing equipment and take it to my daughter's house about 40 miles away so we could brew there along with a cook-out and kids fireworks later in the street. But I forgot the grain steeping bag. We thought about just dumping the grains in the pot for steeping but we had no good way of straining them out later. So, we used a leg from my daughter's pantyhose. She says they were clean. The grain in the hose made a long skinny tube kinda like a sausage. We just coiled it into the pot and stirred it around a few times. Seemed to work great but we changed the name for this beer to Toe Jam Robust Stout.

So after the steeping time we removed the panty hose grain steeping bag and topped up the volume and brought it to a boil. When I grabbed the extract cans, then I noticed the bag of flaked barley that we forgot to add to the steeping grains. This is where we might have screwed things up. I used the other leg of the pantyhose and added the flaked barley and tea bagged it into the wort for about 10 minutes. The temp was about 190*. We probably should have just left it out at that point but oh well, too many beers by then to use our common sense. The rest of the brewing went fine. For the 9# of LME we used 3 - 3.3# cans of Munton's. So we added almost 10# of LME. The OG came out to 1.072. for the 5.5 gal. final volume.

So, what should I expect from the flaked barley screw up?

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RDWHAHB. Sounds like a nice big beer! Give it plenty of time to age.

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