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brett matthews
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Username: Brettj

Post Number: 78
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 220.235.230.115
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 11:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Skotrat, I'm going to give your Imperial Stout a shot this weekend. When do you add the brown sugar? In the past I've added sugar for the last 20 mins or so.
 

Skotrat
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Username: Skotrat

Post Number: 1865
Registered: 04-2003
Posted From: 24.61.120.214
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 12:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi,

I usually mix in the sugar slowly with sparge runoff so that it all disolves cleanly and I do not get any scorching.

Hope this helps...

-Scott
 

brett matthews
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Username: Brettj

Post Number: 79
Registered: 06-2004
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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 08:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Scott,
Did you keg this beer or bottle condition? I'm making a 23 litre (5 gal) batch and was thinking of bottling it as a gift for my father later this year. Would you add priming sugar or do you think there will be enough in it to condition itself?
 

Skotrat
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Username: Skotrat

Post Number: 1866
Registered: 04-2003
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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 01:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi,

I avoid bottling at all costs at this point. I do Keg condition my big beers and often check the carb levels.

After a couple pints with some slop everything is usually pouring great from the keg.

If I have to bottle I use my CPB (A Melvico) and bottle up what I need.

Also,

Which Imperial stout are you brewing? I have quite a few.

I think the idea of bottling for gifts is a fantastic and noble thing to do. Just do not forget to give yourself some gifts also.

-Scott
 

Steve Jones
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Username: Stevej

Post Number: 189
Registered: 08-2001
Posted From: 199.190.8.12
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 05:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Brett,
Just wanted to point out that 23 liters (litres) is slightly over 6 gallons. If you brew a 5 gallon recipe to a 6 gallon quantity without adjusting the ingredients, your OG will be about 20% lower than expected.
 

brett matthews
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Username: Brettj

Post Number: 81
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 58.6.110.58
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 10:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Steve,
I'm aiming on a 23 litre initial volume in the kettle and boiling down to 18 litres or 5 gallons. Confusing? Yep, I confuse myself too. I have a list of grain bill weights and expected OG's that I have drawn up over the years. I used this list to formulate a beer of OG at 1065-70 at 23 litres in the fermenter. I did this because (a) I didn't want to add any top-up liquor over the boil as I want a really concentrated wort and (b) I'm only wanting 18 litres of a beer at 1080. I figure by boiling it down to 18 litres I'll achieve around 1080-1085.
Confused yet?
 

brett matthews
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Username: Brettj

Post Number: 82
Registered: 06-2004
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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 10:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Scott,
It's your Robust Style Foreign Extra Stout
Brett
 

Skotrat
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Username: Skotrat

Post Number: 1868
Registered: 04-2003
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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ahhhh Excellent!

My wife loves that brew