Q: How many bags of boost can be added to boost AL. content, without changing the taste?
A: This would vary based on the yeast used. I would stick under 2 addtions for the yeast offered on the kit
Q: Newbie here, wondering about using Safale-05 with this cerveza kit. Isn't that an ale yeast? If I use it here will the beer still taste light, like a Sol? And, would I ferment at ale temp or lager temp? Thanks.
A: When using US-05 this will still ferment as an Ale. That being said, US-05 is a clean fermenting yeast that will get you pretty close to a lager. It's not going to be exact, but it's very close. We have had great success making this recipe with the 05 and many others have as well!
Q: What is average time in primary and secondary?
A: Primary will be from 7-10 days and secondary will typically last 2-4 weeks depending on if the batch is lagered or fermented with an ale yeast
Q: what is the ideal temperature for fermentation, primary and secondary?
A: The ideal temperature for fermentation is 64-72, same for secondary. Dramatic rises and drops in temperature will contribute to off flavors.
Q: Can I do this with a full boil? What should I change?
A: Depends on the size of equipment that you have.
Q: I followed the recipe, but found that the maize soaked up so much of the wort that I had to add 3 1/2 gal to the wort to get to 5 gallons. The og was 1.030. - It is in secondary now, smelled ok when racked. But I am concerned it will be so watered down. I wish I would've known how much of the water the maize soaked up. This was my 10th brew - still a newbie and learning but this seemed way off the mark. Should I still bottle it or scrap it? Anyone else with this experience? I've mostly have brewed IPAs.
A: It is still gonna be beer, just a little light so I would keep it. I would also say evaporation occurred.
Q: does this kit come complete ingredients to brew a batch ?
A: This 5 gallon kit includes, LME, Corn Sugar, Crushed Specialty Grains w/bag & Hops. All you will need to do is select a yeast strain from the options. If you are bottling you will need bottle caps and priming sugar as well.
Q: What is the purpose of the flaked corn as there are no enzymes to convert the gelatinized corn starch to maltose for fermentation?
A: Like all other extract recipes with steeping grains, the corn is used for color and flavor.
Q: What is the type of LME used in this recipe?
A: Pale liquid malt extract. Normally Briess or Canadian Malting, depends on what we have in stock.
Q: Is the "dry Yeast" option the recommended 1056 or equivalent ale yeast?
A: The dry yeast option would be Safale US-05, which is an equivalent of Wyeast 1056.
Q: What is the ABV on this?
A: This beer will be around 4.8% ABV.