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Having doubts about my first stout

At what temperature did you eventually mashed? Not sure how it works out with BIAB, but adding grains to a regular mash (even less volume compared to BIAB), the temperature only drops a few °C's. My ...
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Kegging an 11% stout

Kegged beer should last almost as long as bottled beer if sanitation and gas pressures are properly maintained. I don't think you need to do anything different because you are kegging it. The high ABV ...
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Should I worry about this smell?

At the 1 week stage: do not worry. If it's still there in a few weeks, sure, worry then. All sorts of weird flavours come off yeast when it's actively fermenting. For example lager yeasts can just ...
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Wyeast yeast replacements: US-05?

Well, kind of....WY1056, WLP001 and US-05 all had the same original source, but through time and the process of drying 05, they've diverged a bit. 1056 and 001 are very clean, with the main ...
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My beer is at the fermenting stage but it is not vigorously bubbling

Gratz on your 1st brew! Everything sounds normal. You won't see fizzy beer or champaign bubble trails. Slow bubbles and churning "chunks" is normal. The airlock can be quite active then eventually ...
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Is my batch contaminated("infected")?

Looks like flocculant yeast, if you look close it should be the same color as the trub on the bottom if it is. May see them pulling off and coming to the top, but it's hard to see in a dark beer. ...
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specific gravity too high to bottle?

If you've done all that, I don't think you need to worry about bottle bombs. Lacto and malto are non-fermentable, long sugars which give this beer its body. And that is what is expected in this beer ...
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Can you add additions to the primary?

If you don't have a secondary then, feel free to add them to your primary. You don't really have to worry much about making additions in your primary, I have done it many times in the past when I ...
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Low FG due to cacao nibs?

No. I'm not aware of cacao nibs having any enzyme inhibiting abilities. Either something else caused a less fermentable wort. Ie higher temp or low beta-amylase in malt. Or, something caused yeast ...
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Viscosity of a Russian Imperial Stout

Oats, long boil, higher mash temp, Cara malts, protein rest, and unconverted starches when applied properly will aid to give that thick body and viscous mouth feel. The mouthfeel comes from medium-...
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Is this final gravity too high?

Really can't say how the lactos is effecting the gravity with out the whole recipe. It's very likely it can finish out the remaining points with some time and warmth. Bring it up to 70°F and give it ...
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Just brewed a "White Stout" - Looking for feedback on additives

This peaked my interest awhile back, there are a lot of articles of big breweries doing this Unicorn of brewing. From what I've found it's really expensive to do right (without chemical color ...
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Is my batch contaminated("infected")?

Looks like the yeast is still eating all that goodness as long as it smells okay don't worry wait a few days remove the air lock smell it then take a reading..
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Is my batch contaminated("infected")?

I had white spots om my dark stout beer, as I am new to brewing I looked up on a lot of forums, it's just yeast spots not contamination. I sterilised a tea strainer and tried to catch the spots but ...
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Viscosity of a Russian Imperial Stout

A higher mash temperature would always be my first port of call, push it up to 69-71 C. After that yes oats can help, but you have to be wary of stuck mashes. Longer boils will thicken the final ...
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My beer is at the fermenting stage but it is not vigorously bubbling

If I remeber correctly you have the 1 gal. glass carboy and ran a tube from the lid into a pot of sanitized solution. After the bubbling slowed the airlock was supposed to go on. What youre seeing ...
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Can you add additions to the primary?

I agree with previous answers: if you have no secondary, there's nothing wrong with chucking whatever you want to add into the primary. However, if your additions are highly aromatic, you may want to ...
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Why do dark styles foam more during fermentation?

There are multiple reasons why you will have different levels of krausen in different beers. As @Frank van Wensveen pointed out, melanoidins are one source. These are produced by Maillard reactions ...
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In search of white foam

Roasted dark malts, like black malt and chocolate malt, contribute to the colour of the beer foam. You should be using more roasted barley and less roasted barley malts. I don't think that you can ...
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When to bottle high ABV beer?

When it comes to off-flavors, the best guide is your mouth & nose. Taste & smell it. Maybe let it warm a bit to see what's revealed.
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When to bottle high ABV beer?

Similarly to aging wine in a carboy vs aging in the bottle. In my opinion once fermentation is complete and yeast has had a normal time to “clean up”, you can choose to age your beer in bottles while ...
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Can you add additions to the primary?

yes, go right ahead, that's what I did and it worked out fine.
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Viscosity of a Russian Imperial Stout

I didn't see grain crush size mentioned here... Check out this exBeeriment: http://brulosophy.com/2015/11/23/mind-the-gap-course-vs-fine-crush-exbeeriment-results/ He actually made a stout with ...
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Wyeast yeast replacements: US-05?

You say you "need it for Tokyo"? If you're patient Advanced Brewing ships specialty yeasts in Japan, though they don't update their stocks so you'll need to check with them to see what they have ...
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specific gravity too high to bottle?

I can tell you from experience that a high FG can end up causing bottle bombs. My last batch had an FG of 1.020, down from an OG of 1.064. I let the beer sit in primary for a few weeks, but the FG ...
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What causes a stout's creamy head?

So I asked the same question to myself about 10 years ago and did a bunch of research. Similar to shaving cream, or whipped cream from the pressurized can, the answer is related to Nitrogen. Nitro ...
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Splitting batch for secondary fermentation over Vanilla

Let your primary fermentation finish before you do secondary. At that point you can transfer a gallon and put it on vanilla. Unless you're planning on aging the beer on vanilla for months (I wouldn'...
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Yeast Question For Imperial Stout Kit With LME

Dry yeast is relatively tolerant of mishandling. An 11g packet should be enough to handle an impy stout, especially if you rehydrate the yeast properly before pitching. If you're worried, get a a ...
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Using chocolate in an imperial stout

I have used Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder with great success in a Porter. Used a whole 8 oz tin of it. I added it during the last 10 minutes of the boil, with a really good stir to be sure it ...
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Using chocolate in an imperial stout

I've seen cocoa powder added right to the cooled wort going into the fermentor. The yeast does a good job to keep it in suspension. 8oz of special dark per 5gal.
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