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Old 03-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #1151
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Please do. I've never seen live results of alpha amylase usage. I hope it all works out well for you... and I hope the usage amount of a.a. based on volume and points-desired is linear.

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Old 03-11-2013, 01:11 AM   #1152
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Please do. I've never seen live results of alpha amylase usage. I hope it all works out well for you... and I hope the usage amount of a.a. based on volume and points-desired is linear.
OK, fermentation has stopped and I am quite happy. It ended up a little low at 1.013.
So my final numbers look like this:
OG: 1.069
FG: 1.013
ABV: 7.7%

So as far as the AA goes, I was stuck at 1.040 with just over 2G of beer/wort. So based on one other report of how much AA was used, I added just a pinch over 2 teaspoons and dropped the graviy 27 points.
I don't think there is sufficient evidence yet to determine if the releationship is in fact linear, but my calculations did end up pretty close.
So if anyone reading this needs to try Alpha Amylase to deal with unfermentables during fermentation it looks like 1 teaspoon per gallon of beer will eat up about 27 gravity points.
As stated by Reno_eVNy AA could be dangerous, but if you are in the situation I was in and have an undrinable beer it is certainly worth a shot.

PS, I was unable to taste the pie spices when I was stuck at 1.040, but they have been uncovered now that the gravity has dropped to 1.013. I was a little down about this beer but am excited once again. I will be bottlling in the next couple of days and will wait 3 weeks to drink my first ever bottle of homebrew

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:22 PM   #1153
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Glad it worked out for you!

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:06 AM   #1154
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Nice! Good stuff.

And given the OG, you might not get full carbonation after three weeks. More like four to six weeks. I haven't gone back to check but I feel like a large-handfull of posts on this thread involved either "it's not carbed" or "I ended up waiting longer than three weeks."

Also worth noting, this beer really doesn't hit its stride until about 6-8 weeks. Yes, it's a long time but it makes a world of difference. Try to at least save a six-pack until the 8 week mark, you won't regret it.

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Nice! Good stuff.

And given the OG, you might not get full carbonation after three weeks. More like four to six weeks. I haven't gone back to check but I feel like a large-handfull of posts on this thread involved either "it's not carbed" or "I ended up waiting longer than three weeks."

Also worth noting, this beer really doesn't hit its stride until about 6-8 weeks. Yes, it's a long time but it makes a world of difference. Try to at least save a six-pack until the 8 week mark, you won't regret it.
8 weeks? Your killing me
I will wait as it will be worth it. Besides, I have a project to keep me busy for the next littlie while as I plan to drink several Hacker Pschorr Weisse beers that come in the 500ML swing top bottles as I will need them to bottle my next batch
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:24 AM   #1156
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Well I am saving most of it for the the 8 week mark when it is fully matured, but at almost 5 weeks I had to try my first ever homebrew. It will not win any awards, but I have to say not too shabby for my first attempt.

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WOO! Congratulations.

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It will not win any awards...
Give it a few more weeks and it might just be able to.
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How pumpkiny is it? Do the spices stick out alot¿

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WOO!
Thanks!

It will be hard, but I will be waiting three more weeks to drink the rest.
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How pumpkiny is it? Do the spices stick out alot¿

The spice level was nice. It definitely says pumpkin pie, but is not overkill. One issue for me was that I was only able to get no name spice mix. It is ok but not my favourite.
For my next batch I may get the SWMBO to make me a mix from fresh spices.
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