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I brewed a chocolate Imperial stout a week and a half ago.  OG was 1.095.  I used Denny's Favorite (#1450).  I have never before used chocolate.  I broke up a 4-Ounce Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Bar (100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate) and put it in the boil with 10 minutes to go.

I have done this recipe before (sans chocolate).  Like last time I fermented at 64* for a week then ramped up to 70*.  Airlock activity stopped long ago. 

I just too a gravity reading.  It is at 1.040  The last time I did this recipe the FG was 1.019, but I also let it sit at 70* for 3 weeks before testing the gravity.

My questions:
Did the chocolate add unfermentable sugars?
Maybe it is just not done fermenting - I have never had a stalled fermentation, so I haven't studied it.  Do you think I have one, and if so, what is to be done?

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Other Fermentables / Re: Fruit in secondary
« on: May 04, 2016, 12:14:04 PM »
I just put 3+ pounds of blackberries into secondary.  How long should I leave it before racking?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Newbie here
« on: May 04, 2016, 09:52:54 AM »
I'm sure 2 weeks in the fermenter will be sufficient.  However, weird things happen so a gravity check is always a good thing to do.  If your final gravity is within a point or two of what was predicted and is constant over two days, you're done!

Welcome!  I think a culinary perspective is essential in brewing beer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: May 01, 2016, 03:29:20 PM »
I just ordered the Hopstopper that Narvin suggested.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Fruit in secondary
« on: April 30, 2016, 05:30:35 PM »
I transferred to secondary one week ago today.

Yes, I used a can of blackberry puree (the wine making variety) in primary.  We sampled it when we transferred it and it had OK flavor, but I'm always for bumping it up.  I read something recently that it would make the fruit flavor brighter or something like that.

Also, it is a "5 gallon" batch but only sort of.  It is one of the things I will do better next time.  This is in a 5 gallon better bottle, and yes I did flush it before and after with CO2:



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Other Fermentables / Re: Fruit in secondary
« on: April 30, 2016, 07:21:26 AM »
Good idea.

I forgot to mention: it's a 5 gallon batch.

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Other Fermentables / Fruit in secondary
« on: April 29, 2016, 10:30:10 PM »
My wife and I made a blackberry melomel.  It is about 4 weeks old and a week in secondary.  I understand that putting fruit in secondary gives more of a fruity punch to the finished mead.  So I bought a pound of blackberries today at Costco.  My questions:

Is that too little?  Will I need to get more, and if so, how much?

I assume I will need to sanitize them.  I'm thinking about putting the berries in a sealed container with some vodka and rolling them around to completely cover the berries, then dumping the whole thing into the batch.

Anything else I need to think about?

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I recall something about macro-lager being fermented under a small amount of pressure.  The idea was that it helped speed fermentation.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: April 25, 2016, 12:15:00 PM »
Thank you for your input - both of you.  I did go very slowly.  For the reason you mentioned but also to get the temperature of the wort as close to pitching temp as possible.  I'd say it took ~15 minutes to get 4 gallons into the fermenter.

I'm open to the idea that I did something wrong - a lot of people like these, and it would be very out of character for Blichmann to make something that worked as badly as this one did.  I'll probably give it another shot just to make sure.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: April 25, 2016, 08:58:01 AM »
I honestly don't know why anyone would try to filter pellet hops. A simple whirlpool works quite well and the little amount that makes it into the fermentor is nothing to worry about.

I don't try, I do  :). It's effortless and keeps the plate chiller clean.

What is your filtration method?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: April 24, 2016, 03:52:35 PM »
I honestly don't know why anyone would try to filter pellet hops. A simple whirlpool works quite well and the little amount that makes it into the fermentor is nothing to worry about.

I may try this.  I tried to whirlpool on this go around but I think the Hop Blocker disrupted the flow.  I've been avoiding whirlpooling as the only method because it takes so long to flush the plate chiller until no hop particles come out.  But the bottom line is I just don't want the chiller to plug.

I know Denny and others really like an immersion chiller.  I don't.  It takes too long and the cool wort is exposed to airborne bugs and wild yeast.  Admittedly the chances are remote of this being the cause of a spoiled batch, but I think it is best to remove all possibilities.  Its a basic QC issue: identify critical control points and eliminate the possible hazard.

In true Denny fashion I'll just keep experimenting until I find what works for me on my system the best.  I guess $60 wasn't a bad cost for an experiment.

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Ingredients / Re: Residual Alkalinity
« on: April 23, 2016, 05:12:10 PM »
Honestly the best thing you can do is download Bru'n Water: https://sites.google.com/site/brunwater/water-knowledge

That is a short answer that seems to not directly answer your question, but it really does.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: April 23, 2016, 04:54:44 PM »
Yep, I did the research before buying it.  I used it according to instructions.  No rocket science involved, it just didn't filter any hops.

I have heard it really works the best with leaf/whole hops. Did you use those or pellets?

Pellets.  I would imagine it would work better with whole cone hops but even the users guide says it was designed with pellet hops in mind.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: April 23, 2016, 11:23:24 AM »
Yep, I did the research before buying it.  I used it according to instructions.  No rocket science involved, it just didn't filter any hops.

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Equipment and Software / Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: April 22, 2016, 05:04:19 PM »
As far as I can tell my new Blichmann Hop Blocker does little to nothing in terms of blocking hops.  I thought it would be wonderful to have all those little hop particles swimming free, releasing all their goodness.  I'm pretty sure the hops did their job.  The BHB let so much through it plugged my plate chiller.  I mean plugged it dead.  I had to have the pump pushing and me sucking to get flow restored.

So I'm a gallon short on my batch and out $60.  Back to the teabag method.

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