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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Munton's No Boil Kits.
« on: Today at 06:52:59 AM »
I bought 2 no boil kits, so we can try our hand at beer flavoring. My question is the target ABV of these kits are 3.63% I plan to add 1 lb. of DME to boost the ABV a bit, I plan to add 1 lb. of honey to flavor the Wheat beer kit, is there a way to figure out how much this will boost the ABV?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second brew in the bottle
« on: February 15, 2018, 12:09:43 AM »
It was an extract kit, we're going to do our first all grain sometime soon. A Belgian Saison.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Second brew in the bottle
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:13:34 AM »
Second brew is officially in the bottle.
I wasn't sure if a secondary would actually do anything for the beer, man I was wrong.
The color changed, the clarity was great.
We did a final gravity check, I filled the tube, Tyler took the reading.
He took the traditional swig for the hydrometer tube, "Ohhh buddy. That's a good beer!"
As I started to fill the bottles, I looked up and saw him smile and offer me the hydrometer.
It's a good beer.
O.G. at 1.071 with a F.G. at 1.012.
7.74% Beautiful deep Gold/slight orange color, which messed me up because it looked deep brown when it was in the glass carboy.


I had a few No boil kits come in, we're going to mess with flavoring, like Vanilla Honey Wheat, a Strawberry Pilsener. Might need a few recommendations for this.
I got a One gallon kit for Christmas, we're going to try different styles of beer and see what we like, Stouts, Porters, Wit.


I'm enjoying myself too much, brewing beer.
I wish I would have found it sooner.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Bottling question
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:34:38 AM »
We bottled our second brew, tonight.


Our bottling was a lot messier than last time, the end of the bottle filler fell off into one of the bottles.
Does someone have a specific hack or fix for this?
Is there an upgrade from the bottling wand?

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General Homebrew Discussion / No boil kits
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:32:01 AM »
Whats everyone's take on No boil kits? e.g. Munton's
Whats been the outcome?
Good, bad?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Learning about water
« on: January 31, 2018, 04:54:59 AM »
Could someone point me in the direction of learning about water for brewing?
Articles or books is what I'm looking for.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Secondary Fermentation
« on: January 30, 2018, 06:17:04 AM »
Question about utilizing secondary fermentation.
We did an Imperial Blonde Ale (we scorched the LME so its more of a brunette ;D )
This is the first time we're using a secondary fermenter,

our OG was around 1.071 and after a check, its at 1.061.
Secondary fermentation is more for clarity, right?
We added a DME in the boil to bring the range up to 7.75-8.75%
How much of a raise in our ABV can we expect?Does clarity affect the specific gravity?


If I understand the question, I think you are asking if fermentation continues after you switch to a secondary.  Yes it does, and as you mentioned, it also helps finish the beer, allowing all of the yeast to drop and clear up (no, clarity itself doesn't have a direct relationship to the gravity).

However, in my experience most of the fermentation is done in the primary. There is no rule as to how long to ferment in primary, but I find in general it's about 3 weeks to a month, then I switch to secondary and cold crash. If I understand your post correctly, you've brewed and fermented and gravity has gone down 10 points, giving you an ABV of just over 1%. I would say you have a long way to go before switching out of primary. Again, unless I am reading this wrong, you should have a much lower gravity before switching out of primary in my opinion.  How long have you been fermenting?
Specific gravity when we transferred was 1.016, sorry I mistyped that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Secondary Fermentation
« on: January 30, 2018, 05:19:54 AM »
Question about utilizing secondary fermentation.
We did an Imperial Blonde Ale (we scorched the LME so its more of a brunette ;D )
This is the first time we're using a secondary fermenter,

our OG was around 1.071 and after a check, its at 1.061.
Secondary fermentation is more for clarity, right?
We added a DME in the boil to bring the range up to 7.75-8.75%
[/size]How much of a raise in our ABV can we expect?Does clarity affect the specific gravity?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second Brew day in the bucket!
« on: January 26, 2018, 12:30:48 PM »
I always drink the hydrometer sample even though it tells me very little about the finished product.
I do, just to get an idea of how we did, and also as a little ritual of partnership between my buddy and me.


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s*** the bed, Fred! The nutrients and booster work!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second Brew day in the bucket!
« on: January 24, 2018, 01:23:37 AM »
I always drink the hydrometer sample even though it tells me very little about the finished product.
I do, just to get an idea of how we did, and also as a little ritual of partnership between my buddy and me.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second Brew day in the bucket!
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:12:31 AM »
We did!
Even after I put the bag of ice on top the hot burner on the stove. ::)
Only one way to learn something like that

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I know, right! I was stupidly in a rush to get the temperature crashed to 70 degrees.
Lesson learned!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second Brew day in the bucket!
« on: January 23, 2018, 01:13:48 AM »
We did!
Even after I put the bag of ice on top the hot burner on the stove. ::)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Second Brew day in the bucket!
« on: January 23, 2018, 12:48:44 AM »
Since I work third shift, I thought it was going to be impossible to get out of bed around noon.
But, not on Brew Day!


22lbs. of Clover Honey, 6.5 gal fermenter, some D-47 yeast, (nutrients and energizer) and the mead begins.
Both Tyler and I are very stoked about the outcome!


Started the Imperial Blond, and we got the LME a little too warm. :o
Scorched a little on the bottom and its a light tan color.  :-\
I enjoyed this brew day so much more than the first!
We hit the OG at  1.070!
BAM! On the nose!! POW!


Anyone drink from the hydrometer after you pitch and seal the fermenter?
I do, a little preview of what to expect.
This beer is going to be great with a slice of citrus.
I don't REALLY care about the color, we hit the OG.
Once we get that, we can get to color and clarity next.
Baby steps, right?


Now, I'm trying to find the schedule for adding the nutrients and energizer. I know it was 4.5g and 2g, but
can't remember for which one. I read it in an article on the AHA site, anyone know exactly where it is?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whats the new brew?
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:12:14 AM »
Haven't done a partial mash, that what the Belgian is.
That's an interesting point you bring up, I'll talk to Tyler about that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whats the new brew?
« on: January 22, 2018, 02:39:28 AM »
Sorry, Imperial Blonde Ale. Got a good discount on it and labelpeelers.com

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