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Mangrove Jack - Northern Bitter
« on: January 22, 2018, 12:15:45 PM »
Hi there,

I'm a new DIY, and starting a 4th batch of brew.

Northern Bitter recipe calls for 1kg. of Dextrose.  Wondering if I can go 500g of DME(light I assume), and 500g Dextrose.  I bought some cascade hops, and wondering if an ounce of them would improve the batch as well. 

Let me know what you think! 

I have been fermenting primary and secondary for 20 days previously.  Bottle storage for 2 or more weeks after.  Prime with 8g/liter of dextrose.



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Re: Mangrove Jack - Northern Bitter
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 04:09:11 PM »
Craigtube does the 5 and 7 method 500g DME and 700g Dextrose.
for a darker beer i would add more DME then Dextrose but thats me  :)
just curious as to why you are doing secondary? alot of us here only do primary for 14 day minimum then keg or bottle, secondary i do for fruit or other additions just to get it off the yeast cake. I try not to introduce O2 or chance of infection by moving beer around. but thats me im OCD on that stuff  :o
Keg 1- Cider
Keg 2-
Keg 3- Sour Cherry Gose
Keg 4- Lager #2
Keg 5- Irish Red Ale
Keg 6- Ace of Spades BIPA
Keg 7- Lager #3
Planning- Cascade Ringer IPA


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Re: Mangrove Jack - Northern Bitter
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 06:32:35 PM »
Thanks for your reply back.  Appreciate that.

I've been doing this for 4 months now, and I didn't really know much beforehand.  My local shop (more of a wine shop with decent supply of extract kits) told me to do it that way.  I used the Brew House liquid wort, which was a simple fermentation for my first 2 batches.  The instructions with that kit were the same basically from my local store's instructions (stores instructions were pretty old from previous owner).  5 days primary, 15 days secondary, then bottle. 

You know I was at a new local shop here, and he told me the same thing as you.  'Why bother secondary'.  The only thing I can think of, and perhaps you can explain more, is perhaps the sediment thing. 

I have a basic set up.  Bucket with a lid (no airlock) and a plastic carboy.  So are you saying just doing my fermenting in one bucket, and get a 2nd brewing bucket perhaps for batch priming then bottle.  Or just do everything in the one bucket? 


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Re: Mangrove Jack - Northern Bitter
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 08:08:40 PM »
i like fermentors with small openings, again my ocd lol
less area for dust or other things to fall in. I use a fermonster myself. again not that important. sure you could do primary in the plastic carboy then batch prime and rack your beer on top of it, give it a gentle stir, no splashing kids.
then bottle. i have a bucket with a spigot to bottle made it a little easier.
Keg 1- Cider
Keg 2-
Keg 3- Sour Cherry Gose
Keg 4- Lager #2
Keg 5- Irish Red Ale
Keg 6- Ace of Spades BIPA
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Planning- Cascade Ringer IPA


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Re: Mangrove Jack - Northern Bitter
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2018, 08:49:16 AM »
Howdy, I brewed the Norther Bitter a fine beer. I also used some extra cascades boiled them for 20 minutes in the malt extract and glucose. I use the same as you 50% - 50% malt and sugar to add to my kits (I use liquid glucose instead of dextrose but its really just about the same). Your beer should turn out great.

For my first 5 years of brewing I used primary and secondary too. Your beer will be just fine. The only reason I switched to single stage is I got lazy  lol

Brew what ever way you feel comfortable and you will make great beer - let us know how it turn out - cheers!


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