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    Mezcla Hops?

    My current curiosity is directed toward neomexicanas hops. Hard to find a lot of information on particular varieties and even harder to find varieties available for home brewers. From my research it appears that Medusa is the most available (that means that a VERY limited amount are sold...
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    Tools and methods for cleaning inside tubing, hoses, racking canes?

    I have a 6 foot length of small "ball chain" (smaller than dog tag chain). I run it through the tube in question, put a cleaning patch on the end and pull it through. Entire setup cost about 75 cents and the it takes about 30 seconds to clean a 5 ft length of 5/8" tubing...the most time...
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    Oldest Hops Variety?

    I would imagine it is on here somewhere but I just can't figure out the right search phrase. Soooo...I'm asking. What is the oldest Hops variety? Not looking for Pliny The Elders comments on Hops in 79 AD or the Picardy France monastery that cultivated Hops in 822 AD. No, I'm looking for the...
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    Yeast harvest, Stone Go to IPA

    Always a chance that it got "infected" with one of the stray Chico, Cali V, Trappist, Ringwood, Saison II, etc. yeasties floating around in my kitchen!!!!
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    Yeast harvest, Stone Go to IPA

    I was brewing a week and a half ago and preparing to enjoy an Arrogant Bastard. Had a sterile test tube laying around and decided to see of I could harvest Stone yeast. The AB had NO sediment in the bottle but I thought, eh...why not. Carefully poured out the AB keeping a small amount in the...
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    First Competition - English IPA - Opinion?

    I've used Ringwood with pretty good result. It is the only "English" yeast in my vault so I thought, why not? Interesting trying to brew to a particular style. Before this, I've kind of just brewed with a general idea of what I liked and what I was looking for. Brewing to style makes you...
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    First Competition - English IPA - Opinion?

    Yea...Don't know. Is there a lot of difference between the two? Here in PR you are lucky to get the AA when you buy hops. Things are getting better and LHBS stores are improving but inventory and information is still a little sketchy at times.
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    First Competition - English IPA - Opinion?

    I was going to go with EKG as the bittering and then EKG and Fuggles for flavor/aroma then at the last minute I decided to go for the NB as my bittering based on the Hop Union profile saying it was an English hop. Subsequent research (AFTER brewing) showed that it is used heavily (?) in Cali...
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    First Competition - English IPA - Opinion?

    I'm brewing my first competition beer for a local contest. Brewed a Saison and an English IPA. The Saison was pretty straight forward from a grist/hop/yeast standpoint but was heavy on the "process" standpoint (ramped up temperatures, sugar additions, etc). No real questions there...
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    Brewing Advice - Passing it On

    Geez!! You sound exactly like my beer-guru!! He was fond of saying that beer WANTS to make itself. All we are really doing is keeping the bad stuff away until it happens!
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    Brewing Advice - Passing it On

    Like many of us, I stared home brewing under the watchful eye of a more experienced friend. He has given me a lot of sage advice over the years and I wanted to pass on some to here. Here is one of the first documents he gave me: Avoid paralysis-by-analysis. There are about 1 billion home...
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    Yeast harvest, Stone Go to IPA

    Found this about Stone yeast: http://blog.stonebrewing.com/index.php/all-about-our-yeast-part-one/ From this blog: We got our yeast strain from a now defunct Canadian microbrewery.
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    Just brewed some Cali Common and I was wondering if I could use the washed lager yeast in my bread. Any thoughts on the process? I suppose since lager yeast does better at cold temps, I'd need to keep the dough colder than what you would do with an ale yeast. Probably also rise even slower...
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    Hahaha!!! TSA probably wouldn't pick up on it but HSI probably would take notice if they found it!
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    Curious if this process would work with ale yeast for brewing? I will be leaving Puerto Rico shortly and I have a pretty extensive yeast vault in the fridge. Don't want to throw them out but I fear TSA would ask more than a few questions if I tried to get 20 test tubes of milky white "fluid"...
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