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Old 01-23-2013, 09:43 PM   #71
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What's everyone using for maple syrup? It says generic is aunt jemima's ok since it will basically all ferment out?

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:08 PM   #72
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I went and got some real maple syrup for pretty cheap at Aldi. I wouldn't skimp with artificial stuff.

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Old 01-27-2013, 02:51 AM   #73
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grade b or even commercial, if you can get it, will leave the most maple flavor behind. these require the most sap to produce the same amount of syrup

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Old 02-24-2013, 07:05 PM   #74
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I'm brewing this right now! I scaled down to 2.5 gallons as my system can't support the amount of grain for 5 gallons. With mash and sparge I used 8 gallons water and collected 5. Shooting for a 75 minute boil to get it close to 2.5 gallons. Pre-boil sample is cooling and I'm curious about its gravity.

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Old 02-25-2013, 03:19 AM   #75
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Well, my pre-boil sample came in at 1.042. I ended up with more volume at flame out than I expected even though I lengthened the boil to 95 minutes. The final volume was 3.25 gallons. My post-boil gravity kind of reflects this as it is 1.080. I think if I had boiled off that last .75 gallons I might have been closer to 1.100. Que sera, sera! RDWHAHB!

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:58 PM   #76
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I'm going to be bottling up my batch this Saturday and a wild idea came to me. I keep my fermenter's in a water bath to help maintain fermentation temperature. I was thinking of adding enough ice to the water bath to drop the temperature down into the 40s over the next few days before I bottle. Would this improve anything? Would too much yeast drop out of suspension causing bottle carbonation issues? Anything I hadn't thought about?

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #77
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crashing the old yeast and adding a fresh pack of 05 at bottling would be better for the beer's carbonation and long-term prospects

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Brewed this up yesterday. I collected 1gal too much wort for some reason even after a 90 minute boil. Ended up with 6gal at 1.092. I have a feeling my grain absorption rates need to be adjusted in beersmith. I've been overcollecting lately, but just not by this much.

Regardless, I'm satisfied with the result. 1 thing about this beer though- I made a stepped 3l starter and this thing absolutely exploded right off the bat. We're talking 'I needed to use a 5 gallon bucket just to control the blowoff' violent fermentation at <12 hours in.

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Old 04-15-2013, 03:43 PM   #79
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Brewed this up yesterday. I collected 1gal too much wort for some reason even after a 90 minute boil. Ended up with 6gal at 1.092. I have a feeling my grain absorption rates need to be adjusted in beersmith. I've been overcollecting lately, but just not by this much.

Regardless, I'm satisfied with the result. 1 thing about this beer though- I made a stepped 3l starter and this thing absolutely exploded right off the bat. We're talking 'I needed to use a 5 gallon bucket just to control the blowoff' violent fermentation at <12 hours in.
Dynamite recipe. Not surprised the yeast are having a party.

I remember overcollecting this one too. These days I have a calibrated stick for my boil kettle so I can know ahead of time whether I need to boil longer. Made a huge difference for hitting my gravity targets.

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Old 04-15-2013, 03:49 PM   #80
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I have a sightglass kit in a box in the basement, but I'm waiting to install it. I can't wait to use it. Had I boiled off another .5 gallon, I think I'd have been spot on in terms of gravity.

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