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Old 01-27-2013, 10:18 PM   #11
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Thanks again. We probably try that next weekend, maybe 1/2 batch as we are low on bottles... Just got done bottling 10 gal last weekend.

Btw, we are almost neighbors. We are in Boise.
Now that is funny 300 miles is nothing to us out here in the west but go to a big city and 30 miles is a long drive.

Plug it into a beer calculator and figure out your efficiency. I get above 80% for some reason with this recipe and I think it has to do with the adjunct grains
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:19 AM   #12
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Now that is funny 300 miles is nothing to us out here in the west but go to a big city and 30 miles is a long drive.

Plug it into a beer calculator and figure out your efficiency. I get above 80% for some reason with this recipe and I think it has to do with the adjunct grains
Out there in the west you can drive 300 miles and only meet 4 cars but in the city you meet 400 in the first mile.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:24 AM   #13
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Instead of pre-packaged "kits" you will save money purchasing ingredients ala carte. This is particularly true if you start cutting out extract via partial mash brewing. I would do a search for Deathbrewer's excellent threads on stovetop partial mash brewing. His simple "mash in a bag" method will allow you to save a huge amount over extract kits.

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Old 02-23-2013, 02:47 PM   #14
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So, the husband tried to sparge it but probably didn't get the max sugars out of it. It didn't build a nice yeast cake during fermentation. How can he save the beer? Add some DME, boil it (for how long), and then later add to the beer?
Other suggestions?? Thanks much.

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Old 02-23-2013, 03:48 PM   #15
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I am sure you can add some more sugars to it but I have to wonder why you did not get good sparge.

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I think he didn't do it right. How much sugar would you add? Any tips?

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Old 02-23-2013, 06:39 PM   #17
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What was his starting gravity and where is it now? And where do you want to end up.

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$50 on an IPA!? I must be a cheap SOB, I don't think I spent that on my last 4 brews. But yes, absolutely you can get some ingredients from the market. I get most of my adjuncts for either a higher end grocery store or the local bakery(you'd be amazed what kind of deal they'll give you when they find out it's for beer).
With a little money up front for some additional equipment, you will same in the long run going all grain. Group/bulk buys are another cost saver, harvesting yeast, growing your own hops, and yes believe it or not, kegging (both time and money).

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