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Old 08-16-2012, 02:19 AM   #21
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So I brewed this yesterday and everything went well, except I measured my OG at 1.056. Is this because I have not yet added the Belgian Candi Sugar yet? Or should I assume I messed something up? Other than that, everything went well and it is fermenting pretty vigorously.

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Old 08-16-2012, 03:24 AM   #22
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So I brewed this yesterday and everything went well, except I measured my OG at 1.056. Is this because I have not yet added the Belgian Candi Sugar yet? Or should I assume I messed something up? Other than that, everything went well and it is fermenting pretty vigorously.

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Hmmmm....... im pretty new to brewing (this is my second batch of beer) i brewed last friday and my SG was 1.072. are you sure you used enough DME and LME? i ended up using 4lbs of Light/Pale LME and 4lbs of Amber DME (because my LHS didnt have Amber LME).

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Old 08-17-2012, 03:05 AM   #23
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I used the proper amount of DME, but instead of 4lbs and 3lbs of LME respectively, I used 3.3 of each because that is what my brew store sells them in. I find it hard to believe that a difference of .4 lbs can account for that much of a difference. Maybe part way, then other things like boiling over and an inefficient steep (can those be inefficient?) make up the rest.

In the end, I'm not worried. I'll still make beer, but it would be nice to know why and learn from it.

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:58 PM   #24
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do you just add the 3.5oz of dextrose and the vanilla to the bottling bucket then rack into it or do you have to boil water and the dextrose first?

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Old 09-04-2012, 09:58 AM   #25
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Yes, dissolve the dextrose in about a cup or so of boiling water, dump it in the bottling bucket & rack on top of that. I just added the vanilla extract straight in.

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Old 09-10-2012, 09:18 PM   #26
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This sounds AWESOME!!!!

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CastleHollow,
I'm thinking about adding a cinnamon stick or two to the secondary of a batch of pumpkin ale in process. Did you just throw the sticks in the secondary (like a dry hop) or did you boil in water and make a "tea" that your poured into the secondary? Thanks.

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Old 09-19-2012, 11:09 PM   #28
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First sample bottled approx 2mo ago - great carbonation and head retention. Tastes like bottled gingerbread! Can't wait til Christmas.

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Old 09-26-2012, 02:25 AM   #29
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First sample bottled approx 2mo ago - great carbonation and head retention. Tastes like bottled gingerbread! Can't wait til Christmas.
can i ask how carbed it is? i just cracked a bottle after about 2.5 weeks. not much head. a slight ring around the edge of the glass. it tastes great. just cant recall how much head a Trappist is supposed to have. want to let it carb enough then move to colder location for bottle aging
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Carbonation is just right for the style. Think Chimay Blue label or similar. My house tends to stay around 78deg F in the summer so I don't really have a way to cellar things. Texas summers will do that.

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