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Old 08-06-2011, 06:04 AM   #101
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Its been about 15 batches since I did this one. Those who like stouts enjoyed it but I thought it was funky from the yeast. That being said if I were to do it again I'd rack to secondary this time. I've since went all grain however and will likely only do partial mashes when its far below freezing in the garage this winter.
Did you hydrate your yeast? Was it Windsor?
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:01 AM   #102
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Brewed this on Sunday and its now 2013!

Brewers Best didn't change this recipe at all. Just found this thread, dammit.


OG 1.064

After three days its 1.028 and a little thin, but its super early.

I used two packets of Notty cuz that's how I roll.

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:18 PM   #103
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Not to worry themack. I popped open the last bottle of my brew of this from just shy of a year ago. This is by far my favorite of the LME kit beers I have done and I am kind of sad that the last of them is gone. Not one complaint on the beer from anyone.

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Old 01-03-2013, 03:50 PM   #104
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Not to worry themack.
Exactly. No real need to change the recipe. Afterall, like Drunkle stated, there have been no real complaints flavor wise. About the only thing I think they should do is to adjust their estimated FG to reflect the appropriate range.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:20 PM   #105
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Took another sample today. Tasty, but I'm stuck at 1.028/1.029/1.03...somewhere in there.

What a buncha bums(Brewer's Best).

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That seems to be the range that everyone gets stuck at. It is still a tasty beer though. It is as done as it is getting and since the last one that I finished the other day which had been sitting in a bottle for a year didn't overcarb or blow I believe it is done. They should correct the recipe, but its still a good beer.

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My first beer made, and in my brother's mind, the best beer I have made. It has been two years since making it. I got my brother the kit for Christmas and we made it this week. Haven't made an extract kit in over a year, I hope I didn't forget how to do something!

Only thing is, I don't remember the first kit coming with Windsor.

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Old 01-09-2013, 02:50 PM   #108
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Just brewed this on Monday AM myself. Got an OG Reading of 1.064. Started bubbling 3-4 hours later, Bubbled almost out of the 6.5 gallon carboy and by tuesday afternoon Krausen was down completely. Weird only 24 hours. My Shining Star Pale Ale I brewed the same day I had to put a blow off tube on this morning cause started filling my airlock (Got lucky I caught it).

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I also did a 800ml yeast starter with golden light DME and mine came with windsor dry yeast as well. Then I read not to do a starter with dry yeast. I just got excited to use my stir starter (from christmas) that I never checked on that. We will see how it turns out.

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I also did a 800ml yeast starter with golden light DME and mine came with windsor dry yeast as well. Then I read not to do a starter with dry yeast. I just got excited to use my stir starter (from christmas) that I never checked on that. We will see how it turns out.
It won't hurt anything doing a starter from dry yeast. It's just generally not needed as the amount amount of viable yeast in a 11 gram dry yeast packet is nearly double that of a vial/smack pack of liquid. Doing the starter with the dry will get its metabolism going, so its actually a good thing - albeit probablly unnecessary. One thing you should always do with dry yeast is to properly rehydrate it in warm water as the experiments done by Chris White establish that you will get more viable and healthier yeast over just sprinkling it in wort or rehydrating in wort.
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