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Old 01-13-2013, 12:24 AM   #181
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Oct 2012
Chicago Suburbs
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I learned that chinook hops are some powerfully bitter hops!!!

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:41 AM   #182
Nov 2012
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I learned that it IS POSSIBLE to get through a brew day without an emergency run to the grocery store, LHBS, or hardware store (or in some cases, all three). First time that's ever happened for me, only took about 8 frantic brewdays.
Primary: None
Bottled: Cinnamon Apple Cider, Two Hearted Clone, FW Double Jack Clone
Kegged: House Pale Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Milk Chocolate Stout/Porter Partigyle, Graff
On Deck: DIPA w/Heady Topper Yeast, Winter Warmer, Imperial Red

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Old 01-13-2013, 02:24 AM   #183
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Sep 2012
Justin, TEXAS
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I learned that drilling a small hole in a SS keg is not as easy as it would first appear.
You don't understand the power of the dark side beer.

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:41 PM   #184
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Feb 2012
Benidorm, Alicante/Spain
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Iīve learn that if you are going to bed late at nigth and your SWMBO is asleep, itīs always better to turn on a ligth and have a disagrement that blasting your face against a door frame, thatīs going to leave a mark...

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:54 PM   #185
Nov 2012
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I learned that all grain is not as hard as I thought it would be )
Primary: Amcitca Pale Ale
Secondary: Coffee RIS
Kegged: Alexa's IPA
On Deck: some kind of porter, brown ale, NEED SUGGESTIONS FOR SOMETHING WITH Wyeast American Ale II

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Old 01-13-2013, 04:40 PM   #186
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Sep 2012
Seattle, Washington
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I learned when direct heating an Erlenmeyer flask on the stove for a starter to not have it too full and watch the heat like a hawk! Bad sticky boilover!

Also learned that I didn't allow for enough head space in my carboy for shaking up airation once I pitched. I have a stuck fermentation and need to repitch now. I think the purchase of some oxygen and SS diffuser might be a good idea.
Buzz Brews Brewery

Primary1: Sadly nothing right now :-(
Secondary: Cider w/Saison Yeast
Bottled: Wanona's Big Brown Beaver Nutz Ale
Bottled: Founder's Breakfast Stout
Bottled: Cinnamon Clove Cider w/Nottingham
Keg1: 2 Gold IPA
Keg2: Partigyle from the Founders Breakfast Stout

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Old 01-13-2013, 05:19 PM   #187
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Sep 2011
Macomb, MI
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I learned that I can get an AG brew day done, from getting equipment out to having everything cleaned and put away, in about 4 hours...

Hopefully that can be routine.

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Old 01-13-2013, 07:02 PM   #188
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Feb 2011
Sheffield, Ohio
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I learned to have all the lil stuff cleaned & sanitized before assembling everything & storing. It took all week to get time to clean every lil nit picky piece again for bottling day. Like spigots,hoses,tubes,vinator, Make sure scale batteries are good,etc. Couldn't believe how many little things comprise all that's needed to get the job done.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:06 PM   #189
Oct 2012
Chicago, Il
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i learned how much i miss it when i don't get to brew on a weekend, and what a complete butthead i turn into.

'Tis himself

In the fermenters: nada

In the bottle: nada

In the fridge(and the glass): nada

On Deck: anything i can think of

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Old 01-13-2013, 10:58 PM   #190
Aug 2012
Surrey, BC
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I learned that I should mark the gallon amounts on my brewing spoon.

And that carbonation will make this weak beer I bottled taste way better
Snaggle Tooth Brewing
Primary 1: Caramel Ale
Primary 2: Pumpkin Amber Ale
Primary 3: Makeshift 'Draft'
Secondary 1: Empty.... :(
Secondary 2: Empty.... :(

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