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Old 11-16-2012, 11:32 PM   #11
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You aren't going to offend anyone with questions.
You need to take good notes for starters. They help you reproduce good results, and avoid the same mistakes.

With the little bit of information that we've gotten, I'm on board with the sanitation idea.
I don't know of any kits that come with anything to actually sanitize. They have the no rinse cleaner, but not anything to sanitize.
Order Star san and fill your bucket, soak everything in there.

Then you should have a fresh start.
As for the temp in your house, my heat pump cant keep up in my old house so it's not on.
Parts of my house are cold, others are kept manageable through space heaters.
I've got temp's from chilly to upper 60's in my house.
I have a space heater in my bar / brewing area that I keep there to keep my ferment temperatures in line.

Your method should work fine.
Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize! Best bet as to what's going on.
After you get some starsan, let us know if things improve.

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Old 11-16-2012, 11:33 PM   #12
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That kit looks like "hopped malt extract" and yeast.

I'd suggest doing away with kits like that, and do a real brew type of beer. You'd need unhopped malt extract, some hops, some grains, some yeast and a pot to boil it in.

I don't have a simple stout recipe handy at this moment, but I have an English brown ale recipe all typed up with instructions here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f126/ext...own-ale-27601/

The key to good beer is keeping fermentation temperature under 20C, using good yeast (NOT Cooper's or Munton's), using fresh ingredients and not the prehopped canned stuff, and using some grains.

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Old 11-16-2012, 11:46 PM   #14
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I don't think star-san is available in the UK, but I could be wrong.
Why do you say that?
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:03 AM   #15
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Why do you say that?
Say that I might be wrong? Or say that star-san isn't available in the UK?

I think someone told me (Orfy?) that star-san isn't available in the UK but my memory sucks so I very well could be mistaken about who told me, and in which continent it's not available.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:10 AM   #16
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:39 AM   #18
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I highly suggest using punctuation in the future, it really helps...

Also, I'd make 2.5 gallon batches (with a single can of LME) rather than the 5 gallons it recommends. Makes a fuller, better brew and even if you somehow manage to screw things up, there are 20 less pints to deal with.

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