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    tootsie roll ale

    My Tootsie Red turned out pretty well. One thing I really didn't like is the excess fat sat with the yeast trub at the bottom of the bottles, so you had to be extra careful not to stir them around when pouring because the only thing worse than a mouthful of yeast is probably a mouthful of...
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    10 Gallon Extract Batch

    So far my two five gallon fermentations are going well it seems. It's on day three right now and they are still quite actively fermenting. I have cut up eight fresh apples and split them up between the two; how long does it typically take for a square inch of apple to be effectively eaten...
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    10 Gallon Extract Batch

    Well I have made very, very high gravity batches before -- even more than what I am planning on with this apple ale. All of the very, very sugary wort batches I have made before in my 40qt stock pot have turned out just fine. My problem with always has been, and still continues to be the yeast...
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    10 Gallon Extract Batch

    Well I have a 40qt stock pot...so maybe a really easy rolling just barely at 200F boil with 4.5 gallons will be my best bet.
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    10 Gallon Extract Batch

    I suppose any way I put this is going to sound a little conceited, but every brew I've made so far I've loved so far. Disregarding superstition, this is the lucky 13th batch I'll have made; I'm more worried about the concept of extracting 10 gallons being a faux pas I'm not realizing, and less...
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    10 Gallon Extract Batch

    I haven't made this style yet...that's why I'm kind of nervous about the experimentation :)
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    10 Gallon Extract Batch

    I am planning on creating an apple ale, but a thought occurred to me today -- would there be any obvious detriment or drawbacks to me making a ten gallon batch? I have only ever fermented five gallons of any given wort batch at a time. What I was thinking of doing is brewing 3 gallons of very...
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    Time to panic?

    I forgot to mention I added 2lbs of bath salts to my wort. ...time to panic now?
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    Time to panic?

    Thanks for talkin' me down guys! This morning it is bubblin' away :)
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    Time to panic?

    I guess I have just been really spoiled in the past :) Usually my yeast starts becoming very active in the first four hours or so. To see absolutely no activity in my airlock has had me fearing for the worst. I will probably do as you say and let it sit for a couple of days. I would rather...
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    Time to panic?

    I got a Belgian Wit kit about a week ago. It had a smack pack included in it, and I completely forgot to refrigerate it because I'm used to using vials now and making starters...it just completely slipped my mind. So no refrigeration for a week -- I pitched it eight ours ago (after activating...
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    tootsie roll ale

    So far so good! The airlock is bubblin' like a mofo :) I'll try to post when I move to secondary!
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    tootsie roll ale

    So I thought I was pretty original with my idea I had tonight, but here this is. I wasn't aiming for a tootsie roll ale, but I happened to go out and buy tootsie rolls for my brew since I read they are heavy in maltrose, and I was making an extract red ale that already had a touch of...
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    Raspberry Wheat Volcano!!!

    Just curious -- what was the recipe you used? I am very interested in making my next batch an extract raspberry wheat which is what drew my attention to this thread. I guess that goes for anyone who wants to throw up their recipe for one that you've done in the past. I have never even worked...
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    Yeast situation/dilemma

    Alright so I have been having CO2 coming through the airlock slowly but surely since I made the post about racking...so I -think- I'm going to be safe. The wort is still extremely brown and murky...but i'm starting to think that's because of the cinnamon :) I added two sticks to the carboy when...
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    Yeast situation/dilemma

    Your analysis is virtually spot on Calder. I did rack while it was actively fermenting, however unfortuantely I did give it some swirling for a minute or two twice today just going by the advice of the first post...so we'll see what happens. My OG actually was 1.089 I believe, which is pretty...
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    Yeast situation/dilemma

    Thank you! That is basically what I was looking for, honestly. For a little clarification, I transferred to secondary because with the additions of the "syrup" to the wort, the liquid level basically was around 6.25 gallons in my 6.5 fermentation bucket, and the airlock was filling up with...
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    Yeast situation/dilemma

    Alright, let me first start off by saying this extract batch was a complete and total experiment. I used an Imperial Blonde Ale kit from Brewer's Best to host my attempt at creating a high ABV flavor packed beer, and seeing how the end result came about. I knew I was going to be shooting...
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    Kölsch

    I checked the gravity tonight and it was perfectly on 1.010. I went ahead and racked it into my carboy along with a clarifying agent (it was super hazy). We'll see how it turns out from here...the orange aroma was -very- present and apparent :)
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    IBA -- Looking for opinions

    The OG calls for right around 1.070. I wanted to bring those intriguing flavors to the IBA just because, like you said, it's a light bodied crisp texture to it :) But I do think you may be right, in the fact that some of its simplicity (which is a strong point for it) maybe lost with trying...
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