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Recipe: Hollis / Sweet Stout - MoreBeer.com Kit (revision #1)

  • Started Brewing: Sep 05, 2011
  • Original Gravity: 1.035
  • Primary Fermentation Complete (Estimated): Sep 19, 2011
  • Secondary Fermentation Complete (Estimated): Oct 03, 2011
  • Ready to Drink (Estimated): Oct 17, 2011

Notes From Sept. 5, 2011 (Brewing)

Gravity Reading: 1.035

Messed this kit up pretty good by not paying attention and brewing two at the same time. Forgot to add the lactose in at the start of the boil, only realized it at the very end. Added it after turning the heat off and did not return to boil. Very low OG from what the recipe calls for, not sure if that is due to the lactose screw up or something else. Only topped up to 4.75 gallons. The Irish Ale Yeast starter was going pretty well before we pitched it at 80 degrees and fermentation started almost immediately. Crazy violent fermentation over night with a lot of blow off.

Notes From Sept. 19, 2011 (Other)

Gravity Reading: [Not given]

Checked the carboy. This is still bubbling fairly regularly, so I'm going to leave it another week to make sure we get the full fermentation, before I rack to secondary. This one is not bubbling quite as much as the ESB we did on the same day, so I might do this a day or two earlier to spread out my workload, we'll see how the schedule turns out.

Notes From Sept. 24, 2011 (Moving to Secondary)

Gravity Reading: 1.025

Moved to secondary. This one is completely throwing me for a loop. According to the calculations, it's only barely over 1% abv at this point. There was a ton of sediment/yeast in the bottom of the primary, the yeast was very active, foaming like crazy at one point. I’m not sure why the gravity is so far off what it should be and so little was turned into alcohol. Perhaps when you add lactose, it affects these readings. It tasted nice and thick/heavy. Quite a bit of yeast/sediment got sucked up at the tail end of the siphoning, hopefully it will stir up and do some more fermenting.

Notes From Oct. 2, 2011 (Bottling/Kegging)

Gravity Reading: 1.025

Ok, we bottled this one. It has a good flavor, but the best I can come up with is that it's only about 1.5% alcohol. We added 4 oz of Corn Sugar, perhaps all the fermentables were gone and the the lactose is just keeping the FG high, who knows. We'll find out in a couple of weeks when we taste one and see if it carbonated at all.