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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?

    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

    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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    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 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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    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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    St. Paul Porter

    My third 5 gallon extract kit batch was a St. Paul Porter. The other two being the Caribou Slobber and a Midwest Irish Stout. I thought the Irish stout was a little light on the flavor and color so I decided to up the ante with this one. Rather than steeping the grains for 20 minutes I did 30...
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    Beer is a Bit Thin in the Viscosity Department

    I am drinking my second batch of beer, as Irish Stout from Midwest. While I think the taste is decent and is a drinkable beer, but I find it a bit thin. This is also one of my brother's criticisms of this batch. The Guinness Extra Stout I am used to drinking has a higher viscosity, but the...
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    Too much yeast

    In my St. Paul Porter I put two yeast (Safale US-05) in the 5 gallon batch. I did this because the yeast was unrefrigerated for almost a year. I had them in the basement still in extract kits. I was concerned that that one package would under-deliver and the beer would not fully attenuate. With...
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    Rookie Mistake

    This past weekend I bottled my second 5 gallon batch, Midwest's Irish Stout. I was all set, or so I thought. I had the bucket with the StarSan and water right next to me. I had filled six bottles before I realized that I forgot to sanitize the bottles. I know it could have been a lot worse. I...
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    Scratching My Head...

    Having some issues with my brew. First was a Caribou Slobber, but stouts are my choice. I brewed a Midwest Irish Stout. Would love to say the brew went off without a hitch, but I was jostling the brew kettle in the ice bath when cooling it down. Ended up not letting the Wort settle out. When I...
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