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Old 12-11-2011, 10:56 PM   #1
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Hey homebrewers! Been out of the loop for a few years and decided today that I was brewing again. Got a few kits laying around that IIRC arrived from AHS about 2 years ago. maybe more...

So l'm pretty sure the liquid yeast is shot - White Labs London Ale - but I've got some packets of dry laying around - Nottingham - that I'll prolly just throw in there with it to make sure it gets kicked off fermenting.

What else would you add to freshen it up? Its an AHS Double Chocolate Stout BTW.

Thanks in advance. Going to heat up the pot!!


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Old 12-11-2011, 11:06 PM   #2
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Do these kits use LME? Austin Homebrew's kits use fresh extract, not canned, so I'd worry about that? Has it been refigerated?


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Old 12-11-2011, 11:07 PM   #3
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If the malt extract is sealed, try it. But you want fresh hops and yeast. If it ferments, it can't kill ya.
Somebody gave me two Mr. Beer-like kits that they had for over five years! What the heck, I tried them. The DME had turned into a solid lump (like really hard caramel or Toffee). I dissolved it in hot water then brewed with fresh hops and yeast. It was drinkable. It was okay beer. Successful experiment.

or you could just go get some new kits. Either way.... Get brewing!!!!!!!
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:13 PM   #4
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DME will definitely last longer than LME, and canned LME will outlast what AHS uses.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:29 PM   #5
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"it can' tkill ya"... kinda what I'm thinking. better than throwing it in the trash.

yea its got LME thats been in the white plastic sealed container since it arrive. Not fridged....

I'm throwing it together and will see how it goes. Could I dry hop it with add'l hops that I'd order on Monday? I'll prolly do that and toss in the extra hops when they get here.

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Dry hopping a dark stout sounds like a great idea
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should I even use the liquid White labs? or just pitch it with Nottingham?
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Dry Hopping: called for Galena hops. anything else that could be better?
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Throw the hops away or use them for bittering, and use the LME for starters. Life's too short to drink sub par beer.
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Galena hops was on a 60 min boil for bittering. Should I toss them in the beer or the trash??

plan is to order dry hops tomorrow. I'm in east texas so should have them by tuesday/weds. what hops to dry hop with?

If I don't hop it all, how does that affect my boil schedule? still an hour?


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