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Old 10-04-2011, 10:18 AM   #1
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Ok I've done some reading and this is what I've come up with any and all
Helpful Comments are welcome.

1 tin coopers stout
1kg dry dark malt extract
1kg brown sugar
5g Yeast from tin(is this enough)
20L water

Not sure if I should add 200g lactose for thickness or if there's anything else I should
Add if there's a stout guru out there id love to hear suggestions and comments



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Old 10-04-2011, 11:08 AM   #2
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Well, it kindof depends what type of stout you are looking to brew, there are quite a few. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Stout
However I would think you could steep some grains to make a very good extract stout, we can give you some suggestions if you know what type of stout you like or can give us a commercial example that you want to approximate.



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Old 10-04-2011, 12:04 PM   #3
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I'm looking for something dry like a guiness but I want the ABV to be
Between 6% - 8%. So am I on the right track? My main concern is whether I have
Enough yeast or not..... thanks for the help

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Dry yeast is cheap enough, you can use 2 packets if you wish.

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Old 10-05-2011, 12:46 AM   #5
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I know yeast is cheap but I'm wondering how much I
Need there's 5g under the lid but most recipes call for
10-12g.

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Old 10-05-2011, 01:01 AM   #6
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I know yeast is cheap but I'm wondering how much I
Need there's 5g under the lid but most recipes call for
10-12g.
You need to put all of the yeast in the beer! One packet (11gm) of Nottingham does a pretty good job on an average gravity beer. Thats 11gm of fresh dry yeast. As the yeast ages it's effectiveness diminishes quite a bit.

If you can purchase some more yeast than I would highly recommend it. I normally pitch 2 (11gm) packets of dry when I use it. You really want a lot of yeast in your beer. The more yeast you have the less they have to work to make your beer. If you don't pitch enough then they have to work harder and cannot make the best beer they can for you!

Check out mrmalty.com and his yeast calculator. The guy that put that together is quite knowledgeable.

I don't know about the lactose, adding it should give some extra body to the beer. It is not very fermentable so adding it during the boil is good. It may give your beer a little "sweetness" which I personally like in a stout. Ahhh, throw it in and if your beer is too sweet then don't add it next time!

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Old 10-05-2011, 01:03 AM   #7
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I would start with something a little more conservative.

Coopers Au. Stout kit
1.5kg light DME
500g sugar
250g Roasted Barley steeped
Kit yeast

It will only yield about a 4.4% ABV but should provide more of a dry stout profile.

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Old 10-05-2011, 01:18 AM   #8
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I think PT Ray is on the right track here with the Light DME and the roasted barley, but I would keep the sugar to keep the ABV up and the F.G. down. I would also pitch one packet US-05 instead of the kit yeast. There isn't enough yeast in there in the first place and the US-05 ferments very clean and has the high attenuation you need to pull of a good dry stout. Here's my vote:

1 tin coopers stout
1kg light DME
1kg brown sugar
1 pack Safale US-05 yeast

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Old 10-05-2011, 01:36 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the ideas guys can I get the US_05 yeast
In oz or is it just for the US

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Shouldn't be a problem getting it down there, mate

http://www.babbrewers.com/files/story/2005/03/2005-03-DriedYeast.pdf



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