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Old 08-27-2013, 01:36 PM   #11
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I brewed a Trippel with 7lb LME and 3lb DME, 2lbs Belgian Candi syrup. It's in secondary right now but doesn't taste bad at all. It went from 1080 to 1018, the recipe predicted 1083 to 1019

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I would wager that there are several more stores in your local area. I only know the San Diego area a bit, and there are a bunch there. I would think Fresno would be similar. Although all I see in a basic search is Bencomo's.
Yeah that's the only one. Notice the poor Yelp reviews -.- Fresno is definitely not SD lol

 
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:11 PM   #12
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So this is what I'm thinking now for a recipe

7lbs Amber LME
3lbs Amber DME
2lbs Belgian Candi Sugar (or table sugar since it seems to be a satisfactory substitution in such a recipe and the local store only has syrup for $8/lb)

12oz Aromatic Malt
4oz Crystal 80

1oz Warrior @ 60 min
2oz Amarillo @ 30 min
1oz Columbus @ 15 min
1oz Columbus @ 0 min
1oz Amarillo dry hop
1oz Centennial dry hop

WLP550 yeast

This gives me 1.083 OG, 1.015 est FG, 8.86% ABV, 85 IBU. (Using table/cane sugar, 1.086 OG, 1.016 est FG, 9.17% ABV) Close to Raging Bitch, but a little different. I like a little more of a hops aroma and flavor than what the RB has, I am an unabashed hophead Maybe it'll be somewhere between FB and Cali-Belgique, both of which I love. Had to add the candi/cane sugar and double the DME to get the gravity up where I want it. Anybody think anything here will "conflict?"
Anyone??

 
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:58 AM   #13
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Bueller...???

 
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:06 PM   #14
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I think that recipe looks good, nothing stands out to me that would "conflict." If it were me I'd also steep some Munich malt and use light or extra light extracts, but that's just my personal brewing preference.

Also, do you plan on making a starter? With that OG I would definitely recommend one. Let us know how it turns out!

 
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:21 PM   #15
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I sure did make a starter, it overflowed my flask though and I have no idea how much yeast i lost, there was a decent amount that escaped. I stepped up what was left and separated it into two containers and then put it in a fermentation bucket so it wouldn't overflow again . I ended up with more yeast (from the amount that ended up at the bottom) than I did on other starters I've made.

unfortunately my original gravity ended up at 1.108. the only thing I can think of is that my steeping grains added more sugar than I thought they would because I followed the recipe. I added half of the dry extract at the beginning of boil and add the rest of the extract and the sugar at 15 minutes. I separated the wort into two fermenting buckets so it doesn't blow the lid off like the last one did (the hops clogged the blow off). I'm hoping fermentation still takes off but I probably will have to use another yeast to finish it. I wouldn't mind a double-digit ABV though Lol

I measured the gravity twice and made sure that it was completely mixed up so I really don't know how I got 20 extra points. my hydrometer is accurate so I'm at a loss


 
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:40 PM   #16
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should i maybe add some water a la partial boil to dilute it down?

 
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:23 AM   #17
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Well I have krausen and bubbling out of the airlock, so at least it's started

 
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:03 AM   #18
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Took another reading since I was flabbergasted by the first reading. It's sitting right around 1080, ~22hrs after I put it in the buckets.



Oh, and I ended up using light DME as that's what the gf picked up from the store

 
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:27 PM   #19
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Let it ride at this point.

 
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:03 PM   #20
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Took another reading since I was flabbergasted by the first reading. It's sitting right around 1080, ~22hrs after I put it in the buckets.



Oh, and I ended up using light DME as that's what the gf picked up from the store
It doesn't even really pay to take a gravity reading that early. There is a lag phase when fermenting. Sometimes up to 48 hours.

 
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