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and sampled it a bit. woo - it's already good =)

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7lb amber ME
1/2 cu corn sugar
2 oz cascade boiling
1 oz cascade finishing (15 min)

windsor ale yeast

total 60 min boil

Been in the primary for 18 days and it's still going. Will leave it in secondary till next weekend & bottle =) he he he :ban:
 

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homebrew is almost always delicious. make sure it's finished fermenting before bottling. just imagine how good it'll taste carb'd
 

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For your next batch, try steeping some specialty grains. It will add more complexity/flavor to your beer, making it better.
 

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I'm curious, was this a kit, or a recipe you made yourself? I'm curious because the 1/2 cup of corn sugar seems kind of odd. Corn Sugar really doesn't add any flavor to the beer, but is sometimes used to up the alcohol content, but a half cup in that recipe wouldn't really up it a noticable amount. Not that there is anything inerently wrong with it, just seems kind of odd. :confused:
 
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Ooompa Loompa said:
I'm curious, was this a kit, or a recipe you made yourself? I'm curious because the 1/2 cup of corn sugar seems kind of odd. Corn Sugar really doesn't add any flavor to the beer, but is sometimes used to up the alcohol content, but a half cup in that recipe wouldn't really up it a noticable amount. Not that there is anything inerently wrong with it, just seems kind of odd. :confused:

It was my own 'off the cuff' recepie. the corn sugar was just because I had it...i knew it wouldn't do much other than raise the alcohol a bit.
 

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avidhomebrewer said:
For your next batch, try steeping some specialty grains. It will add more complexity/flavor to your beer, making it better.

I second this, and add that you should use the light extract and get the color (and body and other properties) from the specialty grains.
 

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I love when a beer is good when it's green...you know it'll be fantastic later. Congrats on a successful brew! :rockin:
 

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When you say still going after 18 days is that still bubbling in the airlock or still changing on the hydrometer? I know bubbles mean nothing as far as when the beer is done but how long should you expect the bubbling to last? 2-3 days, 7-10 days? Talking about a 6-7% nut brown ale by brewers best in particular.
 
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IrregularPulse said:
When you say still going after 18 days is that still bubbling in the airlock or still changing on the hydrometer? I know bubbles mean nothing as far as when the beer is done but how long should you expect the bubbling to last? 2-3 days, 7-10 days? Talking about a 6-7% nut brown ale by brewers best in particular.

well, I don't have a hydrometer...so I just use airlock activity ... I know this is lame, and the real guys will flame me...but I think it's easier to wait until the airlock stops...then wait a few more days...and bottle. it's worked for me so far, knock on wood.

so, when I said that it was 'still going after 18 days' I mean that I was still seeing bubbles in the airlock...of course, at that point, it was like 1 bubble every 5 min, so that's pretty slow. I find that the first 24-48 hours after pitching are the most active, and it slows way way down after that point...but still is fermeting for a week or two. so, if I leave it for a couple of weeks, I'm pretty sure it's done, esp. if there's no airlock activity.
 

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The problem with judging by airlock activity is that you don't always know if your beer is finished or just stalled. Take this IPA I'm brewing - airlock activity had stopped for a few days, but with a good stir and a touch of corn sugar it woke back up and dropped another ten points in a day. If the agitation and the corn sugar had been in bottling, I'd have bottle bombs now.
 
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