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Old 08-20-2012, 03:15 PM   #411
TheDocta16
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Just brewed up 5 gallons yesterday. Very excited to see how this turns out. Destroyed my previous efficiencies somehow and came out with 1.059 wort. Hopped exclusively with EKG (1.5 oz/5,4 AA @ 60, .25 oz at 20, .25 at flame out). The immersion only gets her down to about 75/80, so I set it in the swamp cooler for a few hrs to get the wort down to 65. Pitched with a 1 liter starter of wyeast 1318. I had put my starter in the fridge so I could decant. The yeast was super chunky when i pitched. Checked this morning and there is a decent little layer of krausen, but nothing crazy. Hopefully she'll kick into gear. Keeping wort at that temp in a swamp cooler is a pain in the arse.

 
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:39 PM   #412
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I brewed up about 7 gallons of this on Sunday, hit the OG right on the head, pitched the S-04, and did a terrible job of controlling the ferm temp. It was up around 74 for about a full day. I really hope I didn't just ruin this whole batch. I surely won't be dumping it, but man, I wish I wouldn't have gone by the Fermentis temperature ranges. Reading a few comments further I found that people tend to hate S-04 above 65.

Happily though, I pulled a sample for a reading last night and the gravity is ~1.017 and the color is beautiful. Spot on with the picture. It does taste a little strange, with the raw wort flavor (still grainy, a bit hot from the alcohol) being noticable. Here's hoping another 2 weeks will do my failures some justice.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:48 AM   #413
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I finished carbing this batch a few weeks ago, it is now approaching 6 weeks in the bottle. The beer is uncharacteristically dark and sweet, almost like a Newcastle. Any ideas as to what I might have done wrong?

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:19 PM   #414
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This is my 7th AG brew and by far my best. It has chilled out to a nice clarity and had a perfect balance of hops to malt. Will be brewing doubles of this when I go to 10 gallons per batch.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:56 PM   #415
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I finished carbing this batch a few weeks ago, it is now approaching 6 weeks in the bottle. The beer is uncharacteristically dark and sweet, almost like a Newcastle. Any ideas as to what I might have done wrong?
Did you go by the recipe exactly? I know you were talking about trying to average out the crystal malts and just use C80 or something. If you changed the malts that could be your problem.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:24 PM   #416
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I only changed the two crystals to C80, nothing more. It's at least as dark as your average Brown Ale, and twice as sweet. My wife loves it!

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:22 AM   #417
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Choosing this brew as my first AG brew here in the next week or so. Excited and a bit nervous to have a mashout on my first one. We'll see how this goes...

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:37 PM   #418
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Choosing this brew as my first AG brew here in the next week or so. Excited and a bit nervous to have a mashout on my first one. We'll see how this goes...
Nervous about a mashout? You mean a boil over? Just trying to help

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #419
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Nervous about a mashout? You mean a boil over? Just trying to help
Hah, yeah, that too! Just a bit nervous about trying to raise the temperature of the mash to the appropriate level for 10 minutes. Cheers!

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:26 PM   #420
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One more thing. Since this is my first AG -- and I'm still learning -- Have any of you done a secondary fermentation for this? Also, how many days bottled?

This forum is fantastic. I've learned so much here in such a short amount of time. Thank you for all of you help!

 
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