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Old 06-19-2009, 07:08 PM   #1
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This batch (a mutt: a russian imperial stout fermented with a belgian ale strain) is sweeter than I'd like. I'm pretty sure the sweetness is coming from too much crystal malt.

What do you think about adding some brett?

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Old 06-19-2009, 07:20 PM   #2
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:20 PM   #3
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imo a beer can't be too sweet for me.. as long as it is high in abv

I have the opposite problem.. my beer is too dry so Im thinking of boiling a pound of laxtose sugar and putting it in the secondary

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Old 06-19-2009, 08:50 PM   #4
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Whats your OG and FG? I guess thats moot if you want to add brett. That will dry it right out. Just be prepared to wait a year.

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i'm assuming it's still in the fermenter?

it simply might need more time. try warming it to 70-72 and rousing the yeast by gently lifting and swirling the carboy.

I would wait first. then go for the brett if it doesn't eventually get where you want.

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before you do that what's the recipe? I cant imagine brett in a RIS.

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why take a chance? add the brett!!!!

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why take a chance? add the brett!!!!
take a chance at what?!
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This batch (a mutt: a russian imperial stout fermented with a belgian ale strain) is sweeter than I'd like. I'm pretty sure the sweetness is coming from too much crystal malt.
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I have the opposite problem.. my beer is too dry so Im thinking of boiling a pound of laxtose sugar and putting it in the secondary
Why don't you two get together and blend your beer. It may turn out just right.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:48 AM   #10
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I've heard oaking can fight some sweetness.
I tried it with my Baltic Porter.
It didn't work

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