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Old 12-17-2010, 05:22 PM   #31
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I've been drinking this for 2 or 3 weeks now. Overall I like it and it turned out fairly well. My only 'complaint' is in the carbonation, for some reason I didnt' get a real good carbonation in the bottles. Maybe I didn't get quite enough corn sugar. I don't get much head at all either - i'm wondering if this was due to less than perfect conversion in my mash.

But it's a good tasteing beer!
good question, it could be lots of things. I would like to have this beer on the lower side of the volume scale anyways but it should have plenty of good head with all that crystal in there. Did you check for conversion by chance?
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:54 AM   #32
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Here's my grain bill, just scaled down to 70% efficiency for us normal types:

6 lbs, 1 oz 2-row (76.98%)
14 ounces chocolate malt (11.11%)
12 ounces crystal 40L (9.52%)
2 ounces peated malt (1.59%)
1 ounce black patent (0.79%)

Total grain bill: 7 lbs, 14 ounces (7.8625 lbs)

Also, what do you think about Windsor or S-04 as dry yeast substitutes?
I'm new to efficiency, but shouldn't there be more grains for lower efficiency? thanks,
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:53 PM   #33
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I'm new to efficiency, but shouldn't there be more grains for lower efficiency? thanks,
you are correct, to get the same sugar level, you would need more grain to convert into sugar if you are not going to pull as much out (lower efficiency)
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:07 PM   #34
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I am mashed in on this beer

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For Some reason I came in 1 point low on the OG ( I think I have more than 11 Gallons) but I mash low so it shouldn't make too much of a difference. Now I'm waiting on the yeast.

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had a little trouble with the yeast, it was old and the viability just wasn't there. Patience was required, anyways, it is bubbling away nicely for the last day or so

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just took gravity sample, wow this version is awesome. Hope it stays like this, still has a few more points to go.

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With the vanilla, do I need to mix it in a certain way?

Gonna rack mine this week to the secondary. This was my first crack at all grain brewing, so I am excited to see how it turns out.

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With the vanilla, do I need to mix it in a certain way?

Gonna rack mine this week to the secondary. This was my first crack at all grain brewing, so I am excited to see how it turns out.
Glad to hear your giving it a try. I don't secondary so I just put a T spoon in a keg and rack into the keg.

Also, I know this was mentioned before but we're not talking about generic vanilla extract but something like this



Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla
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When purchasing the ingredients I went with McCormicks Vanilla Extract, any difference I should be aware of or compensate for?

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