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  1. I usually try to keep my fermenter around 70, which happens to be the temp of my basement in the spring/summer/fall. This winter, my basement has been 63, and I havent had a problem yet. I always ferment for a full 3 weeks though, which I believe is essential when fermenting at a lower temp. FYI: Most of my brews ferment with the fromunder yeast. :cheers:
  2. I made it, but added .25# of Pilsen light DME. Came out w/ OG 1.073, FG 1.018 for an ABV of about 7.3%. However, it's still in bottles and I likely won't try it until mid-March as I want to give it 90 days to carb/condition. Maybe someone else has actually tasted it
  3. I always dump all my DME into cold tap water. Turn on the burner and start stirring with a wisk. Within minutes all the DME is completely disolved. It seems to take twice as long to actually get the DME to the hot break though.
  4. I have had my bottles make a cracking noise when bottling as well. I bake my bottles on Thursday night and let them sit in the oven until I bottle on Friday night. In the summer time, I hear the cracking noise a few times on a few different bottles while bottling, but there is never any noticeable damage to the bottle and I have reused them many times. Since the temperatures have cooled, I no longer hear the cracking sound. Putting double priming sugar could be a real problem. However, if you are really concerned about bottle bombs, then you can put the beer in a refrigerator to stop carbonation.
  5. You are going to get a higher OG using the DME than you would using the LME that comes in the Deluxe Refill. I almost always add 1# of DME to my recipes, but I also do a 30 minute boil with Galena hops to balance the sweetness.
  6. I've experienced the same thing in many batches. Even after I cold crash, the sediment is still floating at the top of the fermenter. That being said, I have drank all the beer I've made that had that problem, and they all tasted good. So, give it a taste in a few weeks and decide then what to do with it.
  7. I only use glass bottles now days, but not for looks or flavor or anything like that. I use them because I can sterilize them in the oven. Saves a ton of time when I sanitize. Now when bottling, I only have to sanitize the bottling wand and the caps. I always hated filling all those bottles half full and shaking them, letting them sit, and then dumping them. I wrap the top of the bottle in foil(like a cap) and put them in the oven on 350* for an hour the night before I bottle.
  8. I always boil my DME, but that is personal preference. I like to mix my DME with cool to lukewarm water because it desolves easier and doesnt clump up. If I am not doing a hop addition then I boil past hot break. Then I flame out and add my other ingrediants. I have read in other post that if you get the DME to a certain temperature (not sure what temp) without doing a hot break it will produce off flavors, that's why I always boil.
  9. "chronichaos" post=275995 said: "robames1" post=275881 said: "chronichaos" post=275838 said:I did the ADIPA with booster the first time. It was good, but as others have mentioned, didnt quite seem hoppy enough for an IPA. So, my next ADIPA, I added 1# Pilsen light DME and 1 cup of honey. I also did .6 oz of Cascade for 20 minutes and .5 oz for 7 minutes. Then, to top it off, I added 1 oz. of Cascade to dry hop commando for a week. I fermented 3 weeks in the LBK, and next week I will sample one after 3 weeks in the bottle. Preliminary results were amazing, as I sampled a little while bottling. Whatever you decide to do, remember, it is your beer, so make something you will enjoy :cheers: So no steeping grains then? ADIPA HME, Pilsen Light DME and Cascade hops only? Let me know more details please I didnt use any steeping grains, only extracts for the malt. I added a cup of honey, and the Cascade hops. It is a true exercise in patients waiting on those babies to condition. :gofish: I tried one (a few) tonight, and they are definately better than the ADIPA straight up. That being said, the Cascade hops are very pronounced. Actually, the Cascade are dominant(not a bad thing). I think next time I will try to use a variety of hops to give it a more complex hop flavor.
  10. "robames1" post=275881 said: "chronichaos" post=275838 said:I did the ADIPA with booster the first time. It was good, but as others have mentioned, didnt quite seem hoppy enough for an IPA. So, my next ADIPA, I added 1# Pilsen light DME and 1 cup of honey. I also did .6 oz of Cascade for 20 minutes and .5 oz for 7 minutes. Then, to top it off, I added 1 oz. of Cascade to dry hop commando for a week. I fermented 3 weeks in the LBK, and next week I will sample one after 3 weeks in the bottle. Preliminary results were amazing, as I sampled a little while bottling. Whatever you decide to do, remember, it is your beer, so make something you will enjoy :cheers: So no steeping grains then? ADIPA HME, Pilsen Light DME and Cascade hops only? Let me know more details please I didnt use any steeping grains, only extracts for the malt. I added a cup of honey, and the Cascade hops. It is a true exercise in patients waiting on those babies to condition. :gofish:
  11. that's a great question. I am curios to see what the borg has to say. :gulp:
  12. I did the ADIPA with booster the first time. It was good, but as others have mentioned, didnt quite seem hoppy enough for an IPA. So, my next ADIPA, I added 1# Pilsen light DME and 1 cup of honey. I also did .6 oz of Cascade for 20 minutes and .5 oz for 7 minutes. Then, to top it off, I added 1 oz. of Cascade to dry hop commando for a week. I fermented 3 weeks in the LBK, and next week I will sample one after 3 weeks in the bottle. Preliminary results were amazing, as I sampled a little while bottling. Whatever you decide to do, remember, it is your beer, so make something you will enjoy :cheers:
  13. The Witty Monk was one of my absolute favorite recipes, but I did add 1# dme. I've never batch primed, but I did find quite the variation when bottle priming with sugar. I've since switched to glass bottles which I bake to sterilize, and I use the Coopers Carbonation Drops to carb my beer. Since the switch, I have had consistent carbonation and flavor in every batch I have made. :cheers:
  14. I did the Defibrilator a few months ago, and it turned out pretty good. It may be difficult, but you really want that one to bottle condition for at least 12 weeks. I tried it after 4 weeks and then 8 weeks and it wasnt very good, but it was great after 12 weeks. Welcome aboard.
  15. Thanks for all the advice. I have decided that I will use a sack for the ADIPA after 1 week in the fermenter. Added 1 oz of Cascade that will finish the next two weeks in the LBK. Next week, I have the Bombay Bliss IPA, and I will wait until there is one week left until bottling. Then, I will add 1 oz. of Cascade, commando. I hopped both of these recipe Accordingly, and I really want to know which method of dry hopping yields the best results :drinking:
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