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Old 09-11-2009, 07:22 PM   #1
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Well the Brown Ale is finished in primary, so I will have to rack in the morning. And that would leave a carboy empty, we couldn't have that!!!! So I went today and bought an Imperial Russian Stout extract kit says 8%ABV but I picked up 2 pounds of Amber DME so it should end up a tasty9.5 or better!!!!! Going to try to brew in the morning after clean up!!!


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Old 09-11-2009, 07:27 PM   #2
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I suggest you also buy another carboy - because a RIS takes a long time to age.


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Old 09-11-2009, 07:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up on that one!!! I love RIS, so I figured why not brew on for my second brew! Yeah I was thinking of aging in keg, free up carboy faster for another brew.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:32 PM   #4
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And make sure you pitch plenty of yeast! I tried an imperial stout as my second brew and ended up with a stuck fermentation. If you're going to get 9.5ABV out of that, you're going to want to make a starter.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:36 PM   #5
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cool thanks doc! can't wait to get my beer on tap instead of AB's
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:37 PM   #6
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I suggest you also buy another carboy - because a RIS takes a long time to age.
While it's true that you should wait a few months before drinking this you don't need to age it in a carboy. I would age it in kegs (which sounds like your plan) or bottles instead.
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:18 AM   #7
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Bottles are a pain in the A$$, from what I hear. I am sticking to the kegs. Just finished racking the brown ale to keg. I do have one proble though. I need a new kegerator with more room!!!! .
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Good luck. Pitching plenty of yeast is always good. In my RIS I pitched 4 packets of rehydrated Nottingham. Blowoff in less than 12 hours (I woke up to it). Yes I began to hate bottling more and more every time I did it. It wasn't bad at first, but after bottling 10gal a few times, it got annoying. I now have 6 kegs, however, I plan to still bottle certain batches. I would definitely bottle a RIS, but that's just me. I'm waiting for mine to age a few more months in bottles before I try it again. I'm probably going to bottle my Foreign Extra Stout I have in primary now.
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:08 PM   #9
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Just finished brewing and but in the carboy. I think I might have a problem. The kit (Brewer's Best Bold Russian Imperial Stout)
6.6 lbs Plain Dark Malt Estract
2lbs Plain Dark Dry Malt Estract
8 oz Crushed Roasted Barley
8 oz Crushed Black Patent
1 lb Crush Crystal Malt 60L
1 oz Columbus Hops
1 Beer Yeast
I add 2lbs Plain Amber Dry Malt Estract on recomendation of HBS, to get to a 9.5%ABV

Kit stated a stated starting gravity of 1.070 - 1.080. I took mine and it was only 1.040, should I be concerned? AM I going to meet my mark of a 9.5%ABV? I know relax and just let the beer do it thing. But is it normal to get a reading that low?
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If you added all those ingredients, you should end up with a starting gravity of around 1.090. With extracts, it's pretty near impossible to be too far off, and you have enough extract in there to ensure a gravity well above 1.040, even if you didn't get any extraction from the steeping grains. My guess is that you did a partial boil and then added an additional 2-2.5gal of water on top of your wort once you got it in your fermenter. If that's the case, you probably just got a gravity sample that wasn't well mixed. It should be fine.


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