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Old 04-09-2011, 05:42 PM   #11
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Hi Guys. Same problem here except my gravity is even higher! (I added a lb of DME to the kit) and my gravity is 1.036. Just picked up a pack of Wyeast to pitch today. I've been hearing that the dry yeast sachet in the kits are weak...

 
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:05 PM   #12
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I'm doing a milk stout right now, and it sat warm at 74 degrees the first half of the first day, since my storage space under my stairs was a little warmer than i had initially thought. I moved it to the laundry room and it came down to 71-72, and it was bubbling at a pretty good tick last night when I went to bed. When I woke up this morning, the lid was swelled and the thing was hissing loudly at me like it was preparing to launch the airlock into space. I had to put a blowoff hose on there.

 
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:48 PM   #13
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So I got a question about fermentation. I have my milk stout in the primary and it has been fermenting for 3 days at about 68-72 degrees. The first two days I had good activity, now im not noticing any activity. are my temps ok and is it normal for activity to slow down and still be fermenting? I kept a sample of the wort to check my gravity and it went from 1.060 OG to 1.024. The instructions said it should end up at 1.014 so not quit there yet.

The color is not quit what i expected either I was expecting almost black well it is like a dark brown, is this normal as well?

need some advice

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:38 AM   #14
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Wow, you dropped from 1.060 to 1.024 in 3 days?
Maybe that's normal too, but I never took a reading so soon.

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:47 PM   #15
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Yeah what I did was after i pitched the yeast I kept a sample in a beer bottle to check my gravity. Its exposed to air but i think it will still give accurate gravity readings.

 
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:37 AM   #16
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Dec 2011
Cleburne, Texas
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Reading everyones bad experience stories, I'm second guessing trying this kit. I have never brewed before. I have some buddies coming over this weekend for brew day and was thinking about this kit. Would it be ok to try this recipe but use different yeast like the Wyeast 1028 or 1084?

 
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:53 AM   #17
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Grand Blanc, MI
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US-05 is a great dry yeast. I suggest using that and maybe just in case, use some yeast nutrient. I also suggest just sprinkling it on the cooled wort as apposed to re-hydrating the yeast prior to pitching. Make sure you also aerate the cooled wort very well.

 
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:53 AM   #18
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I made the brewers best milk stout on the 12/30 & so far so good. I did make a starter plus transfer the wort between my brewpot and fermenter several times before pitching. My OG was 1.052 and dropped to 1.020 in 9 days. The color was almost black so I'm not sure why it would appear brown.I have mine in a secondary with vanilla extract conditioning. I did not sample it when racking to the secondary but it smelled delicious.

 
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:12 AM   #19
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I bottled this batch this past weekend and the sample was very good for warm flat beer. I will update again once the beer is ready.

 
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:46 PM   #20
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I had my first beer from this batch and I am very pleased. There was a very nice light brown head from the pour with good overall mouthfeel. It was a smooth drinking beer with a good aroma. I added about 3 tbsp of vanilla extract to the secondary and it provides a subtle flavor to the beer.

 
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