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Old 03-31-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I got a late start brewing an American stout for a competition and I need some tips and tricks to help me make this beer all that it can be in as quickly as possible!

I brewed on 3/21 and the comp is on 4/13.

I plan to leave it in primary for 2 weeks, cold crash over night, and then I'll transfer it to a keg to carb and age a little.

I can't exactly do a proper refrigerated cold crash so I'm just going to add a couple bags of ice to my swamp chiller and hopefully that'll help clear things up a little.

Also, I'm interested in possibly fining this brew with some knox gelatin, something I've never done before.
Do you think fining this beer is a good move? ...or wasted energy?

Any and all pointers are very much appreciated!

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Old 03-31-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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Why worry about clarity in a stout? I would be more concerned with maturity. 24 days from grain to glass on a stout seems a little green. I would not mess with the finings or gelatin if you had a good hot/cold break. I would bottle your submissions and keg the rest. Let them carb in the bottle. Good luck.

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:46 PM   #3
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Believe me, tasting very green is a concern, but best of my knowledge there is nothing I can do about it so I didn't bring it up, but trust the concern is there.

And 5 gallons is the entry, I'm just taking the whole keg to the event.

I suppose I'm worried about fining since I'll be shaking the keg to force carb the brew in time and then transporting the keg.

I don't guess I'm so worried about clarity as I am not stirring up sediment and yeast that could contribute undesired flavors.

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...And 5 gallons is the entry, I'm just taking the whole keg to the event....
Sounds like a frat party.
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Sounds like a frat party.
It's a keg stand competition.
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keg stands with a stout...ouch!

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Better hope Revvy doesn't see this thread, and for good reason. I would never recommend rushing a beer for competition. If you wanted to win so badly you should have made it earlier, plain and simple. Especially with a stout. I find that my stouts are best after several weeks in the keg. Maybe just do a nice hoppy pale and hope for the best?

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Better hope Revvy doesn't see this thread, and for good reason. I would never recommend rushing a beer for competition. If you wanted to win so badly you should have made it earlier, plain and simple. Especially with a stout. I find that my stouts are best after several weeks in the keg. Maybe just do a nice hoppy pale and hope for the best?
Well, thanks... This isn't your standard comp tho, being rushed is kinda part of the challenge. Perhaps a stout wasn't the best choice, I see that now. My mistake, but starting an entirely new beer is not an option.
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Well, thanks... This isn't your standard comp tho, being rushed is kinda part of the challenge. Perhaps a stout wasn't the best choice, I see that now. My mistake, but starting an entirely new beer is not an option.
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HeavyKettle, I really like that idea but I can't add any more ingredients either!! lol

Let me explain a little, the hosts of the comp provided me with grains, hops, and yeast for what would probably make a sort of American pale ale type beer.

Off the top of my head I wanna say the kit was something like 8 lbs base malt, 1 lb specialty grain, .5 lb crystal, 2 oz hops, and US-05

With this kit you are allowed to swap one ingredient in it's entirety for the same amount of one other ingredient and you can also add however much of a secret ingredient of your own choosing.

Anything goes, all styles are accepted.

Really neat concept!
Instead of going crazy and making something super experimental I'm trying to stick to style and make something tried and true.

Looks like I'm just gonna have to put it out there hope for the best!

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