Of the three bottles you opened....did they taste sweet? If not, one of two things, leaky caps released your CO2 or poor mixing. If they taste sweet, dead yeast or not enough time.
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I am able to ferment at reduced temperatures using one of these http://brewhemoth.com/immersion-chillerCool! Tell me more. How do you control the temperature? Activate a pump? Water and/or glycol?
in my Brewhemoth. In fact, I can ferment 30 gallons of beer using two Brewhemoths each with a chiller, cooling my chilling fluid with a 5 cubic foot freezer!
The pump in the freezer is governed by a temp controller, the cheap aquarium ones you can buy off of eBay work great. Currently I have water in my freezer, at 35 degrees. I have run glycol at 28 degrees, but did not see much advantage. For pumps, I'm using 1/3 horse sump pumps. The system works great.
except for in competition, in which case ajk's point stands, if there is fruit in it it's a fruit beer. sounds kinda good!No, you are right, add fruit, its a fruit beer, if the fruit character doesn't stand out or overwhelms, then its a "not very good fruit beer".
I agree with all of the above for when you are going to add honey if you want the flavor and aroma characteristics. However, in an IPA, I don't think you will really get any of the honey, because it will be drowned out by the hops. Even in my Honey brown porter, the honey is kind of drowned out by the roasted malts.
Just my .02