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    Help with an ESB recipe (extract)

    I have some East Kent Goldings and Fuggles and wanted to try to create an ESB, preferably something close to a Kentish ale. I've only previously brewed APAs and was looking for a bit of advice on quantity and schedule of hop additions and steeping grains to brew a balanced beer where the malt...
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    Replacing some DME with table sugar to get a lower FG

    Thanks for the tips. I'm not using kits, but rather buying all my ingredients separately and experimenting with different hops. I'd not considered changing yeast. Good shout.
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    Replacing some DME with table sugar to get a lower FG

    Hello everyone. I've done about 6 extract brews now (American IPAs) with Light DME. It's producing a lovely colour and flavour, but consistently finished at 1.020 or just below, with a starting gravity of 1.050. It tastes and smells great but I'd really like to be hitting the 5% abv with a...
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    Dissolving DME in cold water to scale up recipe

    BrewnW... I did as you suggested and googled 15 minute pale ale. From what I read, it seems people are saying you simply double or even triple the hops if you're doing a 15 minute boil, in order to achieve the same bitterness as a 60min boil but more front loaded flavour. Is this something you...
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    Dissolving DME in cold water to scale up recipe

    That's a good idea. Adding cold water will definitely speed up the cooling. There seems to be a lot of controversy on hop schedules. A lot of stuff I've read suggests hops boiled for an hour will provide bitterness, while hops boiled for only 20 mins will provide flavour only. Would you agree...
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    Dissolving DME in cold water to scale up recipe

    BrewnW, thanks for your suggestions. Pasteurisation was one of my concerns with my proposed method. Unfortunately, much as I'd love to throw money at my problem and upgrade my equipment, present circumstances (read "wife") won't allow. :) Main problem is not the boil, which I could overcome by...
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    Dissolving DME in cold water to scale up recipe

    Thanks for the speedy replies chaps. Miraculix, dry yeast doesn't require wort to be aerated? I was under the impression all yeast needed oxygen during respiration phase. Or are you saying because it is sprinkled on top and not mixed in it has access to oxygen already? That would certainly...
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    Dissolving DME in cold water to scale up recipe

    Hello everyone. New brewer here (well, on my fifth batch of the summer and totally addicted!) This forum has been a huge help to me and so here I am with my first post. Please be gentle! I've so far been doing 1 gallon batches from extract (light DME) and experimenting with different recipes...
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    DME into cold water in fermenter

    So... I know this is a (very) old thread but I'm curious... What happened? Did it work out? Do you still use this method?
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