Discussion in 'Member Reviews - Beer Kits and Brewing Equipment.' started by calumscott, Feb 7, 2012.
Gonna get one tomorrow!
Brewed this kit up with a kilo of dark DME, 200g of lactose, then after a week fermenting added a tincture made with cacao nibs and vanilla pods soaked in vodka. Turned out absolutely brilliant. I'll be making this one again.
This will be my next brew when it turns up in a day or 2 despite not being to much into stouts normally, I'm staring to give them more attention at the beer festivals and finding them more attractive than in the past to the point I'm wanting to give a brew of it a go.
Anyways, not to sure what to do with it, but certainly wanting to up the abv to 5-5.5% from what I guess is about 4% as per instructions. Thinking the 500g of extra dark DME, 500g sugar (white) 500g dark brown sugar and maybe half tin (250g ish) of treacle.
You will thin your beer with all that sugar. And unless you particularly like 'treacle' rather than golden syrup 250g of 'treacle' may well overpower your beer. Better to brew short say 19 litres and use 150g dark Muscavodo sugar, 250g Golden syrup, 1 kg Dark or Extra Dark DME and the kit can. That will give you a stout of around 5.4%, OG 1.055. And the kit yeast is fine its just a little slow thats all.
Really, seeing at the sugar count is only 250g above what I assume the instructions would suggest using if just sugar & not malt extract though?. And adding 500g of DME too Remember. I Could try syrup I guess, no reason why it has to be treacle. What I have DME wise is 500g extra dark, 1kg medium & 1kg light. Would prefer to keep the quantity the same so maybe add some of the medium DME as well but slightly reduce the sugar count?.
I've got me delivery and doing this later today. However, the suggested fermentation temp range is 21 deg, yet my intended brew room the temp is a steady 18 deg. I assume this shouldn't be much of an issue unless the temp drops much below this as more a longer fermentation period than anything?.
In the middle of doing a stout myself, my temp dropped to 16 degrees and it still was fermenting albeit quite slowly. I moved it to a warmer place and it sped up. I suppose if it's get at 18 it should be fine
Not overt bothered over a longer fermentation period as I'm going to be away all of next week anyway. Just as long as there is little chance that it will stall. But for as long as fermentation is well established before I go then I guess I should be safe.
Also I'm toying with the thought of adding vanilla extract. Does anyone else do this to have an opinion on if its worth adding vanilla extract or at what stage and quantity to add it?.
So this now in the FV, forgot I intended to short fill to about 19 litre to up the abv so made to 22.5 litre. I ended up sticking 500g extra dark DME, 500g medium DME, 250g of dark brown sugar & about 270g syrup. Might be a bit of a gamble with those measurements but will wait & see.
SG taken at 22 deg was 1.043, not to sure if that needs adjusting at that temp. If not and I get a FG of 1.008 then it should give a respectable abv of about 4.59%.
I stuck one of these on last Sunday. Had it on a heat pad overnight then took it off as went to 24oc (Think 18oc is the ideal temp). Was bubbling nicely for a few days. Prob leave it 2 week before bottling. Im going to do some bottles with vanilla extract (in the bottle) as recommended by the guy in our local home brew shop. Meant to be very nice!
Yep, mine is bubbling away nicely at 18\19 deg. Certainly not going mental and frothing through the airlock like some have reported, I guess fermenting at lower temps helps for a more relaxed fermentation and hopefully that will pay off with the finished product. And yep, also thinking minimum of 2 weeks in the FV.
I'm looking at putting this brew in a pressure barrel when I get it than bottles. So will add the vanilla extract then with the priming sugar. Just not to sure how much to add, but it's only a small 38ml bottle yet I have a 22.5 litre brew. I don't want too strong a vanilla flavour in it, more just something I can notice in the background.
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