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    Treehouse Brewing Julius Clone

    I am going to wing this one on short notice and no ingredients locked down other than a call to my LHBS confirming they have Citra... 1. Grain bill similar to Nate's "Hoppy Thing" but with the C60 dialed down equal to the honey and 1lb of flaked oats added to get me to 1065 on my system in...
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    Revisiting Temp Control

    Thanks. I will stick to my old process of taping the probe to the side of the fermentor with insullation for this one. BeardedBrews - Since that is what I always considered the standard given my equipment... I'm wondering why it wasn't included in your 3 options? Have you experienced...
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    Treehouse Brewing Julius Clone

    Unfortunately, I'm definitely going to have to bottle this one. Given that, I'm thinking I might just check the gravity on day 3 and see how things are progressing. If it is slower than expected, I might consider waiting on the first addition and/or add them all at one time with a goal of...
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    Revisiting Temp Control

    When I had the single stage setup (in a different house with a warmer basement) I always taped the probe to the side of the bucket with some styrofoam around it. I know this has been a highly debated topic for a while now but was planning on doing the same. Assuming #1 and #2 you mentioned...
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    Treehouse Brewing Julius Clone

    Quick question on dry hopping... I'm planning on splitting up 6 total oz of hops into 2 dry hop additions. The first towards the end of fermentation and the second a few days after that. Since I don't have a means of closed transfer to a secondary, it will all be done in the primary. I...
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    Revisiting Temp Control

    Thanks for the replies. I ended up going with the 308 and the 25W reptile cord to put in my existing 5ft chest freezer. Both from Amazon and both already at my house ready to go. (Sounds like the same setup as you, rtracer.) Thinking about setting the temp differentials to 1 degree and using...
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    Revisiting Temp Control

    Looking for some advice on what I think might be my next move in temp control... I fermented for a while in a chest freezer with a single stage temp controller taped to the side of the bucket with some insulation around it. My chest freezer was eventually repurposed and I've been fermenting...
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    Best Beer Podcasts?

    I spend 2+ hours in the car for my commute everyday and, as a result, listen to quite a few podcasts. I started listening to the brewing network back in 07 and still do. The Sunday session probably isn't for everyone, particularly if you are just interested in brewing info. That said, they do...
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    NHC Solo?

    Considering going to the NHC for the first time this year in Baltimore. Good news is the wife is ok with it. Bad news is that she would have to stay home with the kids and I'd most likely be going solo. Having never been, I'm wondering how that might work out. Any insight from someone who...
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    Plastic Off Flavor Help

    Thanks again. I'm not sure what else I can tackle other than the water. So... I'm going to do just that and see what happens. If I still get the off flavor I will be back in this thread bitching about it. If it solves it, I will report that as well.
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    Brewing all styles?

    I've brewed a good number of the recipes in BCS. That said, I haven't ever brewed a beer I wouldn't personally want to drink 5 or 10 gallons of. Has anyone actually made their way through a book like BCS and brewed everything? And, if so, has it made you a better brewer than you might have...
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    Beer People are Annoying

    Definitely. And re-reading my first post... I don't think my point was clear at all. I was critical without stating what I think is great about this forum and the folks here. :mug:
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    Decanting

    I just pitch anything under 1.5l at full krausen into 5g without decanting at all. For a lager or something requiring a bigger pitch, I'll let it run its course, pour off the liquid, and pitch whatever is left. Probably not worth worrying about. If you are going through the process to make a...
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    Plastic Off Flavor Help

    This makes a lot of sense. I was considering keeping all else consistent, building up some RO water, and making the same beer to isolate the water as a potential problem. I will do exactly that and report back if the same issue surfaces. Appreciate the insight! :mug:
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    Beer People are Annoying

    No, no... I think my point was that this place is the opposite of that.
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