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Shamus O'Sean

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    Black as the ace of spades
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    Yeah. I should have mentioned that before joining the forum. When the glass was full you could not tell. However, this brew is so easy to drink, even at 9.3%, the level in the glass got too low before I took the photo.
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    Russian Imperial Stout 111 days in the bottle. Glorious!
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    Absolutely. I did the Coopers Russian Imperial Stout (Three-can) a few months ago. I carbed most of them at half the normal rate and some bottles at the normal rate. The one normal rate bottle I have opened so far was over-carbonated. The couple of half rate ones have been fine.
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    Thanks. I thought the same the next morning when the krausen was so advanced and given the low OG.
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    Well. What to do now. My Shamus Adams Boston Lager OG 1.030 Pitched onto my previous Saflager W-34/70 yeast cake Started in fermenting freezer at 18°C for about 15 hours Krausen was well formed at that time (Monday morning). Dropped temp to 12°C Krausen still hanging around on Monday night This morning (Tuesday) krausen had dropped Measured SG tonight at 1.010 Smells good, if a little bit sulphur-y. Re-set freezer to 18°C. Do I Let it rise in the freezer (it usually takes 2-3 days to reach 18°C) Open the freezer to let the ambient temperature get it up to 18°C quicker Drop in a heat belt to get it to 18°C very quickly Cheers Shamus
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    I do not really know. I am sure the brains trust will fill us in.
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    In hindsight I would agree. Given that it is pretty easy to sanitise a clean fermenter, next time I would harvest the slurry into a jar, get my wort ready in the new fermenter and pitch the yeast across.
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    Dry Pitch vs Rehydrating yeast

    I rehydrate my yeasts in 30°C water. By the time I pitch it would be very close to ambient temperature. Worked fine so far. Having said that I pitch slurry from a previous batch straight from the fridge into 20°C wort. That works fine too.
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    Yep. That is exactly what I did. I did wash and sanitise the lid though. I saw this on one of Fast Home Brews videos and thought I would give it a go. I am a bit worried about sanitation. As you mention, the crud on the side of the fermenter. Unless this turns out amazeballs I probably will not do it again.
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    I would agree if my OG was higher. At 1.030 I reckon it will be an over pitch. Although to read what Otto says, it is almost impossible to over pitch a lager. I had a good krausen this morning, no more than 15 hours in the fermenter at 18°C. Dropped the temp to 12°C straight away.
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    Advice sought on dry hopping

    Powder-free food handling gloves. Sprayed with starsan. Rubbed together and sprayed again with starsan to rinse. Grab and squeeze the chux cloth.
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    Shamus Adams Boston Lager 1.7kg Coopers Australian Pale Ale 450g Medium Crystal Malt 353g Light Dry Malt 20g Hallertau Mittelfruh 60 min boil 20g Hallertau Mittelfruh 30 min steep 10g Hallertau Mittlefruh dry hop planned 23L (should have been 19L but I got carried away adding water) OG 1.030 Hectic brew and bottle day today. Brewed the above while bottling my Royal Pilsner Overall not a clever idea, but was too busy yesterday. Also I wanted to tip the Shamus Adams Boston Lager wort straight onto the Royal Pilsner Saflager W-34/70 yeast cake. The day seemed to end up okay. However, the bottling process was quite disjointed while doing the brewing process. Bottles left sitting empty with open tops for much longer than usual. Hopefully okay though. Ended up hot steeping the Crystal Malt for an hour instead of 30 minutes as intended. Will lager the bottles in the garage for a few months over winter. The next week in Melbourne is predicted to be pretty mild though and not lagering temperatures. Cheers Shamus
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    What are you listening to right now????

    Streaming The Racket from TripleJ
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    My NEIPA #2

    Hi @Mikes15 Have a look at Gashslugs NEIPA on u-tube. I did this one a few months ago and am drinking now. 120g Steeping hops between Topaz, Vic Secret and Amarillo 70g Day 4 dry hop similar split (removed at day 7) 60g Day 7 dry hop similar spilt All in a 21L batch. So, quite a bit more hops than your plan. I used the Coopers APA as the base, so whatever hops it bought too. I am thinking that you might need to up your ingredients. I am NO expert. But your brew might be more in the XPA or IPA range. Not a bad beer by any means. I think it will taste great, but maybe not exactly what you are hoping. Cheers Shamus
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    I have not used these yeasts, but used MJ French Saison on two brews and got them both to 1.006. Admittedly, the second brew was done with a harvest of the first yeast.
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    I took the plunge...

    PS - Just basic food grade clear plastic tube from Bunnings
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    What to do with the lager can from the brew kit?

    Hey Matt Me, I would go the toucan Dark Ale route. Some of the partial mashers on the Forum do good beers using the Lager as their base. Cheers Shamus
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    dIY brew kit

    The first time I used them I just gave them a rinse out in tap water. The tap water in Melbourne, where I am, is pretty safe.
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    I took the plunge...

    Just measured the tubing I have at 10mm internal diameter.
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    Different reading after 4 days

    Probably because you thought 1.015 was a little bit high, depending on the beer. I have started to do what @Otto Von Blotto does and when I take a SG sample I leave it in the freezer, beside the brew, with the hydrometer in it. It will keep fermenting in the sample tube and is a good approximation of what the SG is in the fermenter. That way I do not need to take a daily sample and waste too much beer. Especially important on my Craft and half sized brews. I agree with the Captain though. It is probably done. One last check tomorrow and you should be good to go.
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    hydrometer, by b*stards incorporated...

    My wife says my brewing is getting in the way of our relationship. This idea might be the last straw though.
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    hydrometer, by b*stards incorporated...

    Wouldn't it be hard to read the hydrometer scale while doing it.
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    Got a batch of this recipe in the bottle for a week. Looking forward to a taste next weekend. My FG was 1.017. Please let us know where you get down to. Cheers Shamus
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    hydrometer, by b*stards incorporated...

    I was going to say - Why don't they make a hydrometer with scales all the way around