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Old 02-08-2014, 05:19 AM   #11
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A few pieces of advice on your imperial Stout kit:

1. The directions are likely gonna leave you short on yeast to pitch. Run your recipe through MrMalty before you brew to make sure you pitch enough yeast.
2. Just do a blow off tube right out of the chute. That thing is gonna take off like a freight train!
3. Be patient. Ferment that sucker AT LEAST 6-weeks if not 8.
4. Plan on it being in the bottle at least 6 or 8 weeks too before it mellows out. That sucker is gonna be around 10% ABV so it needs time.

Brew on bro!

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Old 02-08-2014, 11:20 AM   #12
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Yes... that is what I want.. I want to take a stout and make it like the stouts I get from breweries... Big, in your face black as oil stouts.... Not worried about the barrel aged KBS type thing but like a monster rich mouth feel stout... Would that be added specialty grains to gain that effect???
Have you made a stout from a kit and left in sit in the bottles for 3 or 4 months? It takes that long for the stout flavors to really come through and if you are drinking them too early you are missing that. Stouts don't have to be high in alcohol to be big in flavor.

If you do make an imperial stout kit, expect to leave it in the fermenter for a full month before you bottle and 6 weeks wouldn't be too long, then leave it in the bottle for another 6 months to mature. Your mouth will thank you for that.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:07 PM   #13
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I hav a brewers best russian imperial stout going now. I added oats and cocoa nibs to change it up but it should be a pretty big beer. The kit said 8% which is fine with me.

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Old 02-08-2014, 04:46 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the advice. Everything I have read confirms the blowoff tube from get go. Was thinking of either a yeast starter or perhaps just double pitching yeast. Also was thinking of racking to secondary and allowing to secondary 3 months before bottling. Anything sound like a mistake or all fairly sound??

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Old 02-09-2014, 12:22 AM   #15
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I would stick to the kit instructions. The stout kit I made came with us04 yeast and the kraussen was too much for my 1/2" blow off tube and had to go with a 1". I added oats so i think that helped a bit.

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Old 02-09-2014, 12:22 AM   #16
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Edit... Age to your liking

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Old 02-10-2014, 03:47 PM   #17
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Default Russian Imperial Stout

I also brewed a BB Russian IMP Stout. I used a 6 1/2 glass carboy for my primary with a 1/2 in. blow off hose going to a 5 gal bucket. The bucket was 1/2 full of water used as my "air lock". The setup worked well. I put american white oak spirals in my in my secondary and aged for 1 month. Bottle conditioned for another 4 weeks before tasting. The beer was great and they only got better with time. That's the best "BIG" stout kit I have tried. Good luck and happy brewing.

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