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Old 05-29-2011, 05:22 PM   #1
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i was so excited when they released this kit. now im grumpy.
1st the whiskey chips arent chips they're splinters.
gotta filter them out of the secondary somehow. cheesecloth over the siphon? i dont know. any ideas?

2nd. my final gravity is 1.024. pitched more yeast with nutrient and energizer and it aint budging. its done. kit instructions call for FG of 16-19.

been in 2ndary 1month. gonna bottle.

3rd there's no whiskey taste or aroma.
kit said to boil chips. i steamed because i thought boiling would boil out whiskey flavor
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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I am in the middle of this kit as well. It's been in my secondary for 2 weeks. My FG reading when I racked it was around 1.02 also and I'm hoping that has changed. I'll be taking another reading today.

I too was disappointed by the "splinters". I don't know what I'm going to do when I siphon to my bottling bucket. I do plan to add some bourbon when I bottle as suggested in the instructions, but I have yet to figure out what kind and how much.

I'm a fan of bourbon stouts and I really hope this one comes through - especially given the longer 2ndary time.
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Old 05-29-2011, 06:10 PM   #3
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i think im going to add 1 shot of makers mark at bottling time. wish i woulda bagged the chips b4 adding into secondary. moved the carboy 2day( basement temp is good so everything got moved down there 2day) and its bubblin about once every 2 minutes now. gonna leave it sit.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:57 PM   #4
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If you want "Bourbon"flavor do add something, more like a 1/4 to 1/2 cup for 5 gals

 
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:33 AM   #5
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I just took another reading and mine hasn't changed. It is still 1.026. Although it does have a nice bourbon aroma and flavor. It has another 1-2 weeks before I bottle. I hope yours improves
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:07 PM   #6
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Quote:
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If you want "Bourbon"flavor do add something, more like a 1/4 to 1/2 cup for 5 gals
you are right, a shot does seam to little. i'll try a 1/4 cup, leave it sit in 2ndary a day or 2 then sample and decide.
thank u
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:00 PM   #7
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I know the recipe I plan on doing calls for 16oz of Makers Mark...

 
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:46 PM   #8
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16 ounces may be a little much 4 my taste.
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Old 08-01-2011, 01:48 PM   #9
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I wanted to come back and update on this. I added about 3/4 cup of Jim Beam Black when I bottled and I am thrilled with the results of this beer. I was worried all the way through it.

It has a gorgeous thick head and a really nice bourbon flavor. It is perfect barely chilled. One of my very favorite beers is Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout and this is very similar.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:02 PM   #10
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you were correct all along. mine is nice, a very faint aftertaste of bourbon, but not much. (i didnt add any bourbon). overall a very nice stout. will brew again in fall and drink over winter. this time i will add bourbon,

cheers
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