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    Dragon Silk fail?

    I did not mean to imply that the Dragon Silk was in secondary for 8 months. I previously brewed an imperial stout that I left in the carboy for 8 months. That beer turned out awesome with decent carbonation. The Dragon Silk beer was in the carboy for 2 1/2 months. Life happened with the other...
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    Dragon Silk fail?

    I brewed a Dragon Silk Stout and used Wild Turkey as the chosen Bourbon addition. Yum. I calculated the ABV at around 8.4% (OG 1.091, FG 1.028). Not huge but that's ok. I'm more interested in the taste then getting intoxicated. After 3 weeks of fermenting at room temperature I put two in the...
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    Dragon's Silk Imperial Stout Extract Kit FG?

    Thank you so much for your response. And thank you for teaching me something.
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    Dragon's Silk Imperial Stout Extract Kit FG?

    On 5/12/18 I brewed a Dragon's Silk OG 1.096. Has been fermenting at a steady 67 deg. I checked the gravity on 6/8 and the gravity was 1.028 and it tasted sweet to me. I recheck the gravity12 days later and the gravity was the same, 1.028. I started reading the reviews on the NB site and some...
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    Oak Chip Question Regarding Dragon's Silk Imp. Stout

    That is what I will do. Thank you.
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    Oak Chip Question Regarding Dragon's Silk Imp. Stout

    AZBeer, Thank you for your response. You have been very helpful. I will check out that thread you linked.
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    Oak Chip Question Regarding Dragon's Silk Imp. Stout

    Brewed my 10th batch today. NB Dragon’s Silk Imperial Stout. The brewing went well. I have read the Recipe and it states to soak the 3 oz of oak wood chips over night in 12 oz of bourbon of choice (Jack Daniels for me). That seems a bit much for bourbon volume, so I will probably just use enough...
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    Dumb Question

    I have a water softener. When I boiled my test water from the tap before I brewed my first extract kit, I could see all the milky color from the salt at the bottom of the pot. Not worth that to me. I have not brewed a oatmeal stout, but the best thing I have brewed is Northern Brewer Imperial...
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    Dumb Question

    Make sure your boil pot can hold more than 2.5 gallons of water because of boil overs. I use a turkey deep fryer kit I got at Meijer for (I think) around $50. Has served me well. I don't use tap water. A gallon of drinking water is $0.98 at Walmart. I buy 7 and end up using a little more than...
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    Dragon's Silk Imperial Stout Extract Kit

    Thanks for responding. They are the chips that come in the NB Extract kit. They are sealed in a foil pouch, so I am unable to see what they look like. I wonder how long I should leave them in.
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    Dragon's Silk Imperial Stout Extract Kit

    I bought a Northern Brewer Dragon’s Silk Imperial Stout extract kit. This will be my 8th extract kit. The OG should come in at 1.096. I have been kicking around the idea of just doing away with the bourbon addition because I am not real big on bourbon stouts. I may still soak the 3 oz. of oak...
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    Lost a batch of Caribou Slobber

    I do understand where you are coming from. We threw a lot of things out and some were irreplaceable. The beer and bottles were replaceable. I have the put the replacement Guinness Extra Stout on a shelf under my workbench.
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    Lost a batch of Caribou Slobber

    I brewed my second 5 gallon batch of Caribou Slobber. My 5th batch of beer. After three weeks of bottle conditioning in an upstairs room, I put two in the refrigerator and the rest in the basement. We had a horrible rainstorm which backed up the sewer at the end of the street. My wife noticed a...
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    Found Two Extract Kits in by Basement

    I found two extract kits in my basement I had forgotten all about. I purchased then November or December of 2015. I still had the yeast in the Northern Brewer shipping box. The basement stays about 62 deg in the Winter and 65 in in the Summer. We did have an incident this summer that may have...
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    Tap Water

    A gallon of spring water at Wal-Mart is $0.98. No hassle. No worry. I buy seven gallons when making 5 gallons of brew. Cheap. Not as cheap as tap water, but cheap enough.
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    Yeast Nutrient

    I will be using the Danstar Windsor yeast.
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    Yeast Nutrient

    Next weekend I plan to brew my fourth batch, Caribou Slobber. I purchased yeast nutrients (LD Carlson urea and diammonium phosphate) and an extra yeast packet. With the previous batches I was concerned that I couldn’t get all the way down to the target FG, so for batch #3 I rehydrated one...
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    What came in the mail for you today?

    Northern Brewer Caribou Slobber Extract Kit and an extra yeast package.
  19. M

    Which starter kit?

    The chiller is to quickly drop the temperature of the wort so you can get it into the carboy. The longer it takes the greater the chance of contamination. I bought a turkey frier from Meijer, works fine for me. Do you or one of the guys in your group have turkey frier? Make sure you have a...
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    What are you drinking now?

    St Paul Porter from NB and Irish Stout from Midwest. I only have two Caribou Slobber left and I am saving them later to see how they age. So I can't really say I am drinking them.
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