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Old 03-14-2007, 09:31 PM   #1
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I've read a few posts that talk about adding beano to a brew. One post said that it will help bring your SG down....What does beano do exactly in a brew?

Ive got two brews that are around 1.020. One of them is a stout, im not too worried about getting lower, the other one is an ale....I thought maybe this would be a chance to try this.....

Whats with beano?
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:46 PM   #2
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IIRC it breaks down long sugar chains (starches) into fermentable sugars so it allows the yeasties to eat it thus bringing your FG down...
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:01 PM   #3
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I've read a few posts that talk about adding beano to a brew. One post said that it will help bring your SG down....What does beano do exactly in a brew?

Ive got two brews that are around 1.020. One of them is a stout, im not too worried about getting lower, the other one is an ale....I thought maybe this would be a chance to try this.....

Whats with beano?
I tried it with an APA that got stuck at 1020.

I wish I'd have left it alone. The fermentation picked up again but very slowly. It delayed my bottling by about 10 days cuz the stuff wouldn't stop fermenting. I did pick up an additonal 5 points but the beer is so overcarbed now, it wasn't worth it.

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Old 03-14-2007, 10:07 PM   #4
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I wouldnt use beano to restart a fermentation but if I was making a HUGE (ala Holy Hell) I would use it to help break down some of the unfermentables that the yeast can turn into CO2 and ETOH, and as an end result giving me a dry higher ABV beer.

The problems Biermuncher had was as a result for the fermentation not being finished and not waiting it out. IF YOU DO USE BEANO (make this on your calaender cuz I rarely say it) use a hydrometer to make sure your fermentation is complete befor ya bottle
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:10 PM   #5
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I wouldnt use beano to restart a fermentation but if I was making a HUGE (ala Holy Hell) I would use it to help break down some of the unfermentables that the yeast can turn into CO2 and ETOH, and as an end result giving me a dry higher ABV beer.

The problems Biermuncher had was as a result for the fermentation not being finished and not waiting it out. IF YOU DO USE BEANO (make this on your calaender cuz I rarely say it) use a hydrometer to make sure your fermentation is complete befor ya bottle
Yeah, I don't do waiting very well.

But hell, this stuff was fermenting so slowly yet so persistently, that my hdro readings were static for 3 straight.

 
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:10 PM   #6
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hmm...interesting...keep the stories coming if you've used it. Unsure if I want to try it yet. If I did use it, how much would you recommend using?
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:56 PM   #7
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I used 3 pills like Muncher, fermentation stopped eventually, but the beer (A Dunkelweizen) ended up very very dry and way overcarbed, it is hard to pour even, fortunately, there are only about 4 bombers left.

 
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hmm...interesting...keep the stories coming if you've used it. Unsure if I want to try it yet. If I did use it, how much would you recommend using?
I plan on using about 1 tablet per gallon when I (if I) make Holly Hell
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I used three tablets and knocked the SG from 1.016 to 1.006. It took about a month, but it was in a keg, so no big deal. it was very dry, but it worked out.
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I've read a few posts that talk about adding beano to a brew. One post said that it will help bring your SG down....What does beano do exactly in a brew?

Ive got two brews that are around 1.020. One of them is a stout, im not too worried about getting lower, the other one is an ale....I thought maybe this would be a chance to try this.....

Whats with beano?
If you're willing, you can be our experiment. Bottle half as is, beano the other half and bottle in 3 weeks (or however long it takes the stuff to stall).

Check back with us in May and give us your comparison report.

 
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