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Old 11-01-2012, 02:16 PM   #11
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Sounds like fermentation is going well. when you described the fermentation activity I was afraid it might be fairly hot.

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:35 AM   #12
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I just moved this to the secondary. I did soak some (3oz.) Bakers unsweetened chocolate in vodka last night. It made a really good extract, and I dumped that into the secondary, then real my stout on top. The sample, for some reason my taste buds are gone, I was eating some hot salsa while getting some beers with a friend, so that probably hurt it. But, I was able to taste the roasty chocolaty goodness slightly. For all that grains and chocolate, I expected more, but I tasted a few other things, and my taste buds need some time. So I'll keep this for another week, then bottle it. OG went lower than I expected it to, at 1.018. The cocoa still seemed suspended in it, but I was moving it around a little but before racking it, so I'm not surprised. The color is a very deep brown, which is not what I expected. T he wheat may have contributed to that as well as the cocoa? Maybe the yeast was still floating around in it to lighten it up, but I expected this to be black. After a week well see. But so far so good. I just wish I didn't burn my tongue on that hot salsa, dumb move!


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Old 11-15-2012, 12:13 PM   #13
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That's 80% attenuation even with the lactose. us-05 is a beast! 1.018 is right in the middle of the BJCP final gravity for a sweet stout, so you should have no worries there.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:00 PM   #14
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That's 80% attenuation even with the lactose. us-05 is a beast! 1.018 is right in the middle of the BJCP final gravity for a sweet stout, so you should have no worries there.
I know, I expected it to be around 1.022. I took a look at it this morning, and it seems clearer and darker, all that funk was just floating around. I wish I could taste this last night, I'll make sure to keep the hot stuff away next wednesday.
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I just remembered that I forgot about my vanilla bean for the secondary!! Whoops! I think I'll just leave it out this time, and I'll bottle this up Saturday, instead of leaving it for a week. Then I'll have some for Thanksgiving!
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Sounds like it's going to be a good beer.


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