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Re: Secondary Fermentation
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2017, 04:46:02 PM »
That is my next question for the Russian Imperial Stout kit from Brewers Best.
The packet of yeast says do not rehydrate.
What is the best approach?
Pitch the yeast or follow the directions?

Can you also post the recipe for the kit?  If it's all extract, we may have recommendations on simple steps that will improve your fermentation and make sure that an all-extract big beer does not stall out or end with a super sweet high final gravity.

I found this online: https://www.homebrewing.org/Brewers-Best-Russian-Imperial-Stout_p_216.html

Looks like an extract kit.
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Re: Secondary Fermentation
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2017, 10:50:01 PM »
Here's the list I found:

62% 6.6 Liquid Malt Extract - Dark - 18° Extract
19% 2 Dry Malt Extract - Dark - 18° Extract
5% 0.5 Maltodextrin - US 39 0° Extract
5% 0.5 Caramel/Crystal 60  60° Steep
5% 0.5 Roasted Barley  300° Steep
5% 0.5 Black Patent Malt  500° Steep
1 Northern Brewer  Pellet Boil 60 minutes
0.5 Northern Brewer  Pellet Boil 45 minutes


1.Steep Grains with 2.5 gallons of water @ 150-165 for 20 minutes
2.Boil wort with LME, DME, and Maltodextrin @ 60
3.1oz Northern Brewer @ 60
4..5oz Northern Brewer @ 45
5.Cool wort, transfer, add water to make 5 gallons
6.Pitch Yeast (do not rehydrate)
7.Primary Fermentation @ 64-72 for 5-7 days
8.Secondary Fermentation for 2 weeks
9.Bottle with 3.5oz priming sugar into 2 cups water (boiled for 5 minutes)
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Re: Secondary Fermentation
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2017, 08:09:53 AM »
Before I went All Grain, I did several brewer's best extract kits. Keep it simple, follow instructions and sanitize and you will have a good beer. I use to secondary, stopped 10 or 12 brews ago..

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Re: Secondary Fermentation
« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2017, 08:42:22 AM »
That is my next question for the Russian Imperial Stout kit from Brewers Best.
The packet of yeast says do not rehydrate.
What is the best approach?
Pitch the yeast or follow the directions?

Can you also post the recipe for the kit?  If it's all extract, we may have recommendations on simple steps that will improve your fermentation and make sure that an all-extract big beer does not stall out or end with a super sweet high final gravity.

I looked around online and couldn't find the recipe but did find some pics of the kit.  Shows 2 cans pf extract and several bags pf grain, but you can't really tell what they are beyond one pf them looking really dark.
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Re: Secondary Fermentation
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2017, 09:12:42 AM »
Here's the list I found:

62% 6.6 Liquid Malt Extract - Dark - 18° Extract
19% 2 Dry Malt Extract - Dark - 18° Extract
5% 0.5 Maltodextrin - US 39 0° Extract
5% 0.5 Caramel/Crystal 60  60° Steep
5% 0.5 Roasted Barley  300° Steep
5% 0.5 Black Patent Malt  500° Steep
1 Northern Brewer  Pellet Boil 60 minutes
0.5 Northern Brewer  Pellet Boil 45 minutes


1.Steep Grains with 2.5 gallons of water @ 150-165 for 20 minutes
2.Boil wort with LME, DME, and Maltodextrin @ 60
3.1oz Northern Brewer @ 60
4..5oz Northern Brewer @ 45
5.Cool wort, transfer, add water to make 5 gallons
6.Pitch Yeast (do not rehydrate)
7.Primary Fermentation @ 64-72 for 5-7 days
8.Secondary Fermentation for 2 weeks
9.Bottle with 3.5oz priming sugar into 2 cups water (boiled for 5 minutes)

With all that dark extract plus maltodextrin, that looks like something that could end up pretty sweet.  Which could be OK for the style.  Personally, I would add a half pound of sugar (or substitute it for a half pound of the dry extract) to try to have a lower FG than you're likely to get otherwise.

But if you want to keep it simple and stick to the recipe there's no harm in that.  Particularly for one of your first brews.
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Re: Secondary Fermentation
« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2017, 03:46:27 PM »
Extract-based brewing generally comes out better if you can do a full 5 gallon boil. 

If you can't do a full boil, late additions of the extract will also help - the idea is to add roughly1/2 of the extract at the start of the boil and the rest of the extract at 15 minutes before flame-out is another approach.  There are a couple of books that cover this approach in detail - if you're looking for a single source to start learning more, consider How to Brew (4th edition).