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Old 02-10-2010, 03:54 PM   #1
devildancer
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Gearing up for a snow day/brew day. I have the Better Brew kit, and after reading 10 steps for better extract brewing, I've made modifications. I'm thinking of adding 1/2lb of Brittish 2 row to the steep/mini-mash for a total of 2.5 lbs of grain. It raised the OG from 1.071 to 1.074 in Brew Pal- worth it? Here's what I have. I will plan on 3.3 LME late addition. I could also spike the wort with some Simcoe's @ 60 minutes. Any suggestions?

BB Russian Imperial Stout
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Batch size 5 gallons
Boil size 6.1 gallons
Boil time 60 minutes
Grain weight 11.1 pounds
Efficiency 75%
Original gravity 1.074
Final gravity 1.019
Alcohol (by volume) 7.3%
Bitterness (IBU) 40
Color (SRM) 49.8L
Yeast
13 dry grams
Dry
Fermentis Safale S-04
Grains/Extracts/Sugars
11.1 pounds
Liquid Malt - Dark
34ppg, 35L 6.6 pounds
59.5%
Dry Malt - Dark
43ppg, 35L 2 pounds
18.0%
Crystal 60L
34ppg, 60L 0.5 pounds
4.5%
Black Patent
27ppg, 500L 0.5 pounds
4.5%
2 Row Base
37ppg, 1.5L 0.5 pounds
4.5%
Barley (Roasted)
28ppg, 500L 0.5 pounds
4.5%
Dextrin
33ppg, 1.5L 0.5 pounds
4.5%
Hops
1.5 ounces
Columbus hops
14.2%, Pellet 1
ounce
Palisades hops
6.7%, Pellet 0.5 ounces
Steep
1.25 Gallons/ 60 minutes
Strike. 158 Degrees
Sparge. 2 Quarts @ 150 Degrees
Boil
60 minutes, 2.75 gallons
Columbus hops
14.2%, Pellet 1 ounce
40 minutes (+20)
Palisades hops
6.7%, Pellet 0.5 ounces
20 minutes (+40)
Wort chiller 15 minutes (+45)

Ferment
14 days @ 59-75F



 
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:53 PM   #2
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Old 02-11-2010, 02:57 PM   #3
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so what ingredients actually came with the kit? If you want to make it an actual mini-mash, I'd drop a can of extract and add a few lbs of the 2-row instead. Otherwise, IMO the 0.5lb of 2-row is kinda pointless since the rest of the grains don't require a mash.

edit: I ask what it came with, because if you're buying extract, I recommend only getting light extract that way you have more control over what you're doing. plus the darker the extract the less fermentables.


 
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Old 02-11-2010, 08:09 PM   #4
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The kit is everything listed exept for the 2 row base malt. My reasoning is to increase the grain volume to 2.5 lbs, get a more robust wort, and hopefully ferment a little further.

 
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:24 PM   #5
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at 40 IBUs your pretty low for a Russian Imperial Stout. I would shoot for somewhere around 70 at least
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:31 AM   #6
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Yeah, the kit says 61-64 but Brew Pal says 40. Thats why I was thinking of spiking it with a 60 minute addition.



 
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