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    1st "non kit" brew

    Thanks for the feedback guys. It was ambitious, but this was the funnest brewing day I've had yet. Felt like I was actually brewing.
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    1st "non kit" brew

    My wife and I just brewed our 1st beer NOT using a pre packaged kit. I just finished brewing an IPA so I let her choose a recipe from the database. We made some minor changes to the origional recipe posted by dcott. This is what we did. Recipe Type: Extract Yeast:White Labs Belgian wit...
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    Gravity ?'s

    I am an absolute nut about sanitizing. I have had a slightly sour finish to all my beers and having tasted starsand on my hand by accident before,I wonder if I'm using too much?
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    Gravity ?'s

    It's nice to know that I'm not the only one worth this issue. I used white labs california (ale?).
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    Gravity ?'s

    It's an extract kit (partial mash). It has been fermenting around 65-68 degrees. Is my gravity any indication that something may have gone wrong in primary? I did have an incident on the 2nd day in primary. It was such a violent ferm. it blew the bung right off the carboy (I know to use a...
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    Gravity ?'s

    Im brewing an IPA that is supposed to have final gravity of about 1.010. My origional gravity was 1.061. I just moved it into secondary (14 days in primary), and checked my gravity before I added 1oz kent goldings for dry hopping, gravity was 1.019. My question is will this move at all during...
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    WTB: Corny kegs (2) LOCAL-Denver CO

    I'm looking for some Corny kegs. Striking out on craigslist. Will pay $40-50 per keg. Thanks Edit: I'm also looking for some all grain equip; burners,hardware, kettles, that are set up. I have a typical extract kit- 2 carboys,20qt kettle, regular stuff. Im looking to go all grain. thanks for...
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    Dry hopping in primary

    My local brew store has some goldings whole leaf, so I grabbed an ounce from him to throw in my secondary. No real bitterness but good floral notes.
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    Dry hopping in primary

    Use any hops that you would use in the beer during the last 15 minutes of the boil. This is usually a low alpha aroma type hop (Cascade, Saaz, Fuggle, Hallertau, etc.). My last addition was 1oz summitt 19% alpha (15min). is this ideal for dry hopping or should I use something less powerfull...
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    Dry hopping in primary

    Thanks for the info. Im going to try it out. Sounds like Im over paranoid a bit. :o
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    Dry hopping in primary

    I dont want to hi-jack, but Im confused on how this works. You can just pull off the air lock (obviously after vigorous fermentation subsides) and throw stuff in? I've been so paranoid about contamination that I even spray my paper towels with starsand before they touch fill neck of the carboy...
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    8th batch-1st post

    thanks a lot for all the help. I'll let you guys no how these batches turn out.
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    8th batch-1st post

    can a high steeping temp cause these as well? I have found that keeping the temp around 150 on an electric stove to be frustratingly difficult. My steeping temp always fluxuates between 155-170.
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    8th batch-1st post

    thanks a lot for the advise. Im brewing another batch next week, and I'll make sure to grab some spring water from the store. Do I top off the batch with the spring water too, or is the tap suitable for that? It's usually about a gallon and a half to top off.
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    8th batch-1st post

    side note- Most of my other batches had a considerably higher ferment temp. This is the first batch Im fermenting in the basement. All the other batches were in my closet in my bedroom probably 75-80 depending.
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