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by Cappy
Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Flat IPA.
Replies: 7
Views: 7650

Thanks to all!

Well I certainly got enough information. I'll try bring the bottles into the house and see if the warmer temperature has any effect. I did let my son cap this batch so maybe he didn't get them on tight enough. I think I'll look into kegging. The bottles are getting to be a bit of a pain and it sound...
by Cappy
Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Flat IPA.
Replies: 7
Views: 7650

Thanks for the reply.

Hi James, Here's the info on my IPA. First, I stole the recipe from Brew Monkey. It's called Hop Water IPA. Very bitter and very hoppy; even flat it's still pretty good. My local brew store substituted some of the hops and the yeast. Instead of the London ESB Ale I used White Labs WPL013. Here's a l...
by Cappy
Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: Flat IPA.
Replies: 7
Views: 7650

Flat IPA.

Hi Gang,

I made a bitter IPA that turned out great except that it is flat. Not a bit of carbonation! Anyway, I'm not throwing it out!!!

What went wrong?

Thanks for the help,

Eric
by Cappy
Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Tasting & Experiencing
Topic: My Russian Imperial Stout tastes....
Replies: 11
Views: 30729

Hey Everybody, Thanks for all the comments. I'm a newbie so my learning curve is pretty steep, I hope. Thanks for the ABV calculation, bfabre. That's a lot simpler than the one I scrounged off the internet. Using your calculation the IPA comes out to 6.8% ABV. Just about the same. I did taste it and...
by Cappy
Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Tasting & Experiencing
Topic: My Russian Imperial Stout tastes....
Replies: 11
Views: 30729

OK, OK. I'll hide some and try to forget where it is. I do have an IPA and a red ale that should be drinkable soon. This Russian stout is a bit wimpy. I made it from a Brewer's Best kit and if I figured it correctly the ABV is only 4.15%. My latest effort is another IPA that I made from a recipe I f...
by Cappy
Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: Tasting & Experiencing
Topic: My Russian Imperial Stout tastes....
Replies: 11
Views: 30729

Next Thanksgiving!?!

I don't think my stout is going to make it until next year!
by Cappy
Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:53 pm
Forum: Tasting & Experiencing
Topic: My Russian Imperial Stout tastes....
Replies: 11
Views: 30729

My Russian Imperial Stout tastes....

Hi Gang, I made a Russian Imperial Stout from a Brewer's Best extract kit. It's been in the bottle for about seven weeks now and I'm told that this beer gets better with age. It's not too bad except that it tastes like burnt molasses. And it doesn't have much of a head and it seems fizzy on the tong...
by Cappy
Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: FG= 1.002
Replies: 18
Views: 27920

Could be diacetyl.

I guess it could be diacetyl. Wikipedia says that at low levels diacetyl can impart a slippery feeling to an alcoholic beverage. But there is no buttery flavor so maybe I just have a minor case of diacetyl.

I think that's a definite maybe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diacetyl
by Cappy
Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: FG= 1.002
Replies: 18
Views: 27920

Slime beer.

Hi Slobthrob, Thanks for the reply. I made this beer from the Brewer's Best kit for IPA. It's an extract beer. I do drink it out of a glass but it's still slimy. Not too bad for me but hard to explain to guests. Oh well. My Russian Stout, also from a Brewer's Best kit, should be ready in a week. Hop...
by Cappy
Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: FG= 1.002
Replies: 18
Views: 27920

I drank my IPA.

My first brewing attempt has been tasted. Not too bad, but... it has a good bitter flavor but it's very thin tasting, almost like water, with no body. And it's got a slippery or slimy feeling on the tongue that gets worse the closer to the bottom of the bottle you get. It has a beautiful amber color...
by Cappy
Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: No bubbles on my red ale.
Replies: 5
Views: 8780

Houston, we have fermentation!

Well I guess there was some "stealth fermentation" going on. My OG was 1.041 and now, 5 days later, I have 1.014. these are both pretty much where they should be. Oh happy day! The lid on my ale pail seemed tight so who knows? Thanks for the replies and especially for the in depth information from B...
by Cappy
Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: FG= 1.002
Replies: 18
Views: 27920

Well, like I said: We don't know anything. I'll let you know how it tastes ia a week or so.

Eric :?:
by Cappy
Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: No bubbles on my red ale.
Replies: 5
Views: 8780

No bubbles on my red ale.

We made some red ale from the Brewer's Best kit. After four days there is still no sign of fermentation.

What's up with that? Anyone?

Eric
by Cappy
Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: FG= 1.002
Replies: 18
Views: 27920

Oops... the new, official, temperature corrected FG is: 1.004. Still pretty low. so on the advice of my son, who doesn't know anything either, we decided to re-ferment this IPA. We added some priming sugar and yeast and left it in the carboy.

I'll let you know how this saga turns out.

Eric
by Cappy
Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: FG= 1.002
Replies: 18
Views: 27920

Thankyouverymuch!

Thanks for the info guys. This isn't a easy as I thought!