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Ingredients / Using Lactose in RIS
« on: April 06, 2014, 03:38:44 PM »
Hi all! I was thinking about adding lactose to my RIS to add some roundness to the body and a touch of sweetness but didn't want to overdo it. The beer itself has been aging on bourbon and oak cubes for the past 6 months and I'm getting ready to bottle soon but feel it's a little on the dry end. I know it's all relative to people's perception of sweet but I guess I'm just looking for a good rule of thumb or suggestions when making additions. Thanks!!

Yeast and Fermentation / RIS Yeast Recommendations
« on: November 05, 2012, 05:07:15 AM »
Hey all! I'm planning on doing my first Russian Imperial Stout this winter and wanted to get some yeast recommendations/input. I was originally looking at using the WLP-004 strain but after doing more digging, it looks like people are using lots of different yeasts like chico and english ale strains too. I know alcohol tolerance is a factor but I guess there have been many successes pushing the envelope of non-traditional strains. Anyone have a favorite they always reach for when doing a RIS? Looking to make something along the lines of a Stone RIS or Parabola. Thanks!

All Grain Brewing / Brewing Water Adjustments
« on: November 01, 2012, 03:23:53 PM »
Hey all! I've just begun venturing into the world of water adjustments and I'm not sure if I made my calculations correctly. After the 4+ hours of BN's Waterganza, tons of articles and JP's How to Brew info, I thought I had a good enough grasp on it. After tasting my beer last night out of secondary has me second guessing though. The beer was super bitter (even for a DIPA) and almost had a mild salty vibe to it. It's not horrible, just really caught me of guard! If anyone has a free sec, could someone look over my water and salt adjustment numbers to see if there are any red flags or maybe make some recommendations? I'd be eternally grateful!!!

Below is a screen shot of the additions. The 5.3gal addition was for the mash and the 5.0gal addition went into the kettle after the sparge. Also the hop additions for a 90 min boil were 1oz Galaxy (14.8alpha) @ FWH, 20, 10, 5, FO so it's not too over the top! Any insight is greatly appreciated!


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