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Old 02-21-2011, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Muntons Irish-stout extract + 500g dark spray malt

Hello,
I'm new to the forums and this is my second time i brew home-beer.

I'm going to ferment Muntons Irish-stout extract + Muntons dark spray malt (500g - 1.1lb)
How much sugar should i add? Instructions calls for 1 kg of cane sugar, but i have the impression that since i add spray malt, this quantity has to be reduced.

The preferred taste is something like Guinness - Not too sweet with creamy texture.

I'll appreciate any tip you have

Thanks

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Old 02-22-2011, 01:33 AM   #2
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If you added 500g of spray malt you could add 500g of sugar to keep the gravity/alcohol more or less the same. You could also add the full kilo of sugar or no sugar at all...but adding 500g of sugar seems more in the spirit of the original kit.

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Old 02-22-2011, 02:21 AM   #3
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I think its one or the other. I wouldn't add the spraymalt AND the sugar

If I'm wrong someone correct me

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Old 02-22-2011, 02:22 PM   #4
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I think most people would use one or the other, but he doesn't have as much DME as he'd like. Using 1 kg of DME and no sugar would be good.

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3 lbs of DME equals about 1.4kg. And since I added that to a can of Cooper's OS Lager LME (1.7kg),I figured that'd be plenty of fermentable sugars for a pale ale. The OG was 1.044,so we'll see what the ABV turns out to be. I thought I'd try it this way to see how much ABV I get before adding dextrose. Even then,I wouldn't go past 300g.
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You could always go a little easy on the top off water and leave the sugar out. You will get a more full bodied beer and it wont dry out so much.

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Old 02-22-2011, 10:14 PM   #7
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Default Let the fermentation begin

Eventually i added 1/2 Kg of plain table sugar.
Where can i find comparison of different sugars and their affect on the taste and texture?

Here are the readings i got:
OG - 1.033
Temp. 29C
Hydrometer is calibrated to 20C

What should be the FG?
I want to read about sugars so i have better understanding of their potential to be used in fermentation process.

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Old 03-19-2011, 02:52 PM   #8
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Default Low FG

Ok, i bottled this beer three days ago.
OG was 1.033
FG: 10.12
Fermentation temprature: 60F (16C)

I used 0.5kg of spray malt + 0.5 table sugar.

it was 3 weeks in fermentation.

My question is: Why is the FG so high?
Unfortunately i will get only 2.5 - 3% alcohol in this batch.

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My 1st 2 batches both FG'd at 1.012,the 1st's OG was 1.048. The 2nd's OG was 1.044. So my Summer Pale ale (2nd)will be 4.8%ABV. Could be you just didn't get the malts & top off water mixed real well.
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It's funny you mention about the mixing... Back then i didn't have a good beer paddle.
I put the hydrometer inside the fermentation container, so it might be that all the sugars sank right to the bottom.

Gotta learn from my mistakes!

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