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    Why no higher end picnic taps?

    A fairly recent kegging convert here. I am still using plastic picnic taps in a dedicated refrigerator. While I really do want to move away from them to proper faucets, the cost is quite prohibitive by comparison. I have only two kegs at the moment, might get a third but probably no more than...
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    how to make a merlot?

    While I cannot yet comment on how it will turn out as I haven't made it yet, but just purchased the "Private Reserve Lodi Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Kit". Label Peelers and Ritebrew have the best shipped prices I could find...much better than the "advertised" prices you will find...
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    Eager to try out BIAB for a big Imperial Stout - new for me

    I don't have a lot to offer aside from saying that seems like it should work. I am also about to embark on a large Imperial Stout very similar to what you propose, so have an interest in this as well. I recently picked up a nice used 15G kettle (BrewBuilt with the thick bottom) and a new BIAB...
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    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    Thank you for the input, it is appreciated! What do you think of this revised hop schedule (added some citra at the end of the boil)? My 5.75G recipe has a predicted ABV of 7.8% std / 8.4% alt. Magnum - .75 oz - 60 min Citra - 1 oz - 10 min ---Combined these provide about 35 IBUs--- Citra - 4...
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    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    Thanks for the feedback. I based those dryhop amounts on your post earlier last year. https://www.homebrewtalk.com/threads/northeast-style-ipa.568046/page-298#post-8880327
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    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    I am building a new (borderline double) NEIPA recipe and am so far planning for this hop schedule: Magnum - 1 oz - FW Warrior - 1 oz - FW (or just use all Magnum) Combined these provide about 70 IBUs Citra - 4 oz - Whirlpool (was first planning for 6 oz. until you mentioned the above)...
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    Question regarding pressure fermenters.

    I use a Kegmenter which is rated to 50psi, though the relief valve is set at 35psi...more than adequate for what I've used it for thus far. The way I use it is with a corny keg and a spunding valve. During fermentation I set the spunding valve (which is attached to the keg) to a low pressure...
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    Keezer build sizing

    I know there was a thread where the OP showed what size freezer you needed to hold X number of kegs and such. I have tried searching for it but have so far come up short. It would be a great sticky in this thread if found again. EDIT. Of course, as luck would have it, found it shortly after...
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    What ABV should this hit, getting varied results?

    Thanks for the feedback! I also planned to mash for 75 minutes vs 60 which will boost it a little. I had not yet considered more water and a longer boil, but it makes sense to me.
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    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    What constitutes a 1X, 2X or 3X IPA? From what I've read thus far, they are a bit arbitrary and there is nothing really definitive of where one begins or ends.
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    Basket Case

    Agreed. I just moved up to a 15G kettle in order to make higher ABV beers. With my 10G kettle, I maxed out at about 14 or 15# of grain using full volume BIAB. I plan to make an Imperial Stout that uses nearly 30# of grain, impossible with my current kettle and full volume process.
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    American IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    I recently went a little nuts and bought a bunch of different hops so I have a good bit of choice. Amarillo, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Hallartau Blanc, Mosaic, Magnum and Warrior. So far I've only brewed one NEIPA and used Citra/Mosaic/Galaxy (3/2/1). I did this amount in both Whirlpool and one...
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    What ABV should this hit, getting varied results?

    Strike volume of 9.21G. 60 minute boil, Pre-boil: 7.35G, post-boil: 6.1G, no sparge (full volume BIAB), bag squeeze (both grain and hop bags). Estimated mash efficiency of 72%, mash for 75 minutes @ at 152 degrees. Using BrewCipher I get an ABV of 9.8%, with others I see a much higher...
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    Brew kettle question

    You may wish you'd kept the bigger one sooner than later. I thought my 10G kettle would be fine for the foreseeable future, have had it for several years but want to move on to some bigger beers (higher ABV not bigger volumes). Just picked up a 15G kettle last weekend so I can make bigger...
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    Brew kettle question

    I do the same except during cooler weather I find the ground water is adequate to cool to pitching temps and so can forego the second step.