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Old 10-11-2011, 07:27 PM   #1
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So about a month ago a neighbor gave me a kit after hearing about my interest in homebrewing. It had been sitting in his basement for at least 7 years. I lost the instructions almost immediately after opening it. My question is this - there's enough dextrose included with the kit to bottle about 20 gallons of beer, but there's only enough malt/hops to make 4, 1 gallon batches. What was I supposed to do with the rest of the dextrose, any ideas?

 
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:28 PM   #2
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It was for ALCOHOL BOOSTING BABY!!!!!
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:29 PM   #3
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perhaps add it to the brews to get more alcohol.. Dextrose has more body than cane sugar, but is a lot worse than more LME/DME. Save it for bottling now.

Let us know how the kits come out with LME that old, I have doubts about quality of flavor.

 
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:32 PM   #4
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I already made one batch (after doing a lot of things wrong, pitched yeast when wort was hot, didn't add enough sugar for carbonation, didn't boil wort long enough, and more) and it tasted like iced tea with a hint of beer flavor. Like beer was trapped inside, struggling to get out.

 
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:34 PM   #5
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Oh... let's say I just boiled up a batch and stuck it in the primary fermenter... would adding some of this dextrose to the primary do anything?

 
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:36 PM   #6
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Don't be discouraged. A few more tries and you'll have it down!

 
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:37 PM   #7
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I'm surprised you got any fermentation at all pitching the yeast while the beer was hot. Seeing as how you know most of what you did wrong I'm sure the next batch will be much better.

 
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:38 PM   #8
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I suggest you explore the youtube home brewing realm. Tones of good videos on getting started.

 
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:39 PM   #9
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What sort of recipe are you working with?

 
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:42 PM   #10
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Oh... let's say I just boiled up a batch and stuck it in the primary fermenter... would adding some of this dextrose to the primary do anything?
Yes, probably make it taste like jet fuel. unless you aged it for a couple of years then it would taste like gasoline.

I would leave it out of your recipes and just use it for priming, maybe get some fresh hops and extract and try that also.

 
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