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Old 01-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #11
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ok, thanks. I will grab an additional pack. my primary is a 6.5 gallon and the batch will be 5 gallons.

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Old 01-29-2012, 09:36 AM   #12
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A friend of mine wants me to brew an Imperial Stout too. Is it best to use a carboy or bucket for primary, or does it matter for this beer?

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Old 01-30-2012, 07:34 PM   #13
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not sure which would be best. I brewed mine today and will be using a bucket, as soon as the wort cold enough to pitch the yeast.

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Old 01-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #14
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I have done 3 brewers best kits, they all have turned out better than expected. Great kits to learn on for sure.

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Old 01-31-2012, 12:15 AM   #15
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if you dont mind, how long did you soak in the rum?
14 Days...
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:24 AM   #16
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greetings hop heads..just wondring why you are suggesting 2 packs of yeast with this kit?...as a friend from work just brewed this and so far he was not too pleased...

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Old 01-31-2012, 02:01 AM   #17
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mine is in the fermenter now, bubbling away. I only ended up using the one packet of yeast. I reiterated it and pitched at 70deg. after only 5 hours the airlock is bubbling. I will take that as a good sign.

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Old 01-31-2012, 03:37 AM   #18
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Got this kit as a gift, will be my first homebrew. Finally have everything together and ready to go for this weekend. I picked up an extra pack of yeast after reading into it, but I've seen others post who have brewed exactly per the kit with no problems. Was planning on rehydrating and only pitching one, but having a backup if it doesn't take off after a couple days... bad idea?

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Old 01-31-2012, 03:41 AM   #19
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greetings hop heads..just wondring why you are suggesting 2 packs of yeast with this kit?...as a friend from work just brewed this and so far he was not too pleased...
Wondering what has he been not pleased about? Did the one pack get him from target OG to FG?

Or can anyone comment whether you can get full attenuation but something still being off in flavor due to a slow/low yeast count?
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:53 AM   #20
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I am doing this as my first 5 gallon batch.

It took to fermentation within hours and blew its top (literally) within 12 hours. I had an incredible amount of foam and CO2 production. I have some great video and photos that I can post here later for everyone's enjoyment.

I should have used a blow off tube from the start, but took my chances with the airlock, which resulted in a brew closet coated in wort foam. I spent 6 hours cleaning the inside of the closet (the explosion reached the ceiling) and had to clean and resanitize all of my equipment and empties which I store in there.

At any rate, I modified the recipe to make it an Oak Barrel Chipotle Stout. I added 2 1/2 tsp. of Chipotle powder during the boil, then 5 whole chipotle peppers and 2 ounces of American House Toast Oak Cubes in secondary.

It has been in secondary for two weeks now and has stopped fermenting at 1.034 SG (down from 1.080 OG). The target FG is 1.017-1.020 so I'm not sure what to do. I'm definitely going to post a separate thread asking for advice on curing a stuck fermentation.

I have done two tastings so far, once at racking to secondary and then tonight (2 weeks in). It is a pretty good beer. Opaque Black, strong malt flavor, smooth mouth feel, and prominently spicy from the smoky-sweet chipotle.

I am anxiously awaiting bottling day in 6-8 weeks.

Let us know how yours turns out.

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