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  1. K

    Extract: How bad did I mess up? Steeped my grains ~13 degrees below optimal

    1.045-1.049 was the range. Mine ended at 1.042. So yea, lost a few points. Knew temperature range in all grain is super important, but didn't realize the extract kits were "possibly" training new brewers to pay attention to temp ranges. Thanks for the input!
  2. K

    Extract: How bad did I mess up? Steeped my grains ~13 degrees below optimal

    Thanks for the input. Kept it at 120-131 for 45 minutes. Everything else went swimmingly. From input on another forum, seems I'll just lose flavor. :-/ sigh...
  3. K

    Extract: How bad did I mess up? Steeped my grains ~13 degrees below optimal

    When I was reading my thermometer to gauge my steeping temperatures, I had it turned to the C side, not noticing I kept it between 50-55 degrees C (122-131 degrees F) for my grains in my extract kit. I realized my mistake when I was checking to see if the wort was cool enough to pitch the yeast...
  4. K

    Hop shelf life

    thanks both of you. I'll remove the air and put em in the freezer now.
  5. K

    Hop shelf life

    So I bought some vacuum sealed hops, but am only going to use half of each. I'm going to put the rest into a plastic baggy and seal shut. How long will they stay usable? Sorry if this is a repeat post.
  6. K

    Looking to spice up an Irish Stout

    thanks that looks good.
  7. K

    Looking to spice up an Irish Stout

    I love IPA's.... Never really thought of that. Any suggestions for some good flavor hops? or dry hops?
  8. K

    Looking to spice up an Irish Stout

    Looking to brew up an Irish Stout this weekend, but want to deviate a bit from the box recipe to add some deliciousness. I was thinking of maybe adding some seeped coffee or perhaps maple cubes (all suggestions from friends), however, I don't have much experience with "outside the recipe"...
  9. K

    Anyone use cinnamon sticks in cider? Need advice

    How long? my recipe says to let sit in secondary for 2 weeks. Is that enough time or should I toss em into the primary now?
  10. K

    Anyone use cinnamon sticks in cider? Need advice

    I was going to add them when I transferred to my secondary. Good timing?
  11. K

    Anyone use cinnamon sticks in cider? Need advice

    I made a 6 gallon batch. The sticks I have are about 2.5 in in length as well. So I'm thinking about 4 or 5 then. I want a subtle cinnamon flavor, not a smack you in the face flavor. I'll probably start off with 4 and see how it tastes after a week. Thanks for the replies RugenBrau and eelpout!
  12. K

    Anyone use cinnamon sticks in cider? Need advice

    How much is enough? I want to add a little spice to my cider and I think cinnamon would be the best. Anyone out there have any experience in it?
  13. K

    Black Cherry Ale?

    ah ok. So the directions were just confusing. Thanks much mate
  14. K

    Black Cherry Ale?

    Ola all. First post, but long time lurker. Anywho, I found this recipe for a Black Cherry Ale, and I really want to try it out. However, it says for best results brew at ale temp, and then lager for 2 months. Obviously I want this to turn out for the best. However, I've never brewed a lager...
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