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    Stout season is upon us. What do you think of this recipe?

    Alright, you guys convinced me to add some roasted barley. Unfortunaly my LHBS doesn't have any medium chocolate malt, only Carafa 1 and others with higher SRM. So I was thinking of adding 0,10 Kg (0,2 lbs) of Roasted Barley (1200 EBC) and lowering the Carafa 1 to 0,40 kg (0,8 lbs). Would...
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    Stout season is upon us. What do you think of this recipe?

    I was aiming for something more on the chocolate side (maybe even add some cocoa nibs to the fermenter), but splitting between Carafa and roasted barley might be a good idea. Beersmith gives me an IBU of 41, that should give a ratio of 0.57.
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    Stout season is upon us. What do you think of this recipe?

    So summer days are almost gone, and although I still can enjoy a tropical IPA in a cold day, there is nothing better than a hearty chocolatey Stout to warm my insides. After looking up for recipes and tweaking it on BeerSmith this is what i came up with: 0.5 Kg (10 lbs) Pale Malt (5-7EBC)...
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    Capper broke on bottling day!

    That might've been the issue. Not that put a lot of pressure on the end of the handles. I always try to put my hands on the inside of the handles. But still, I wasn't too surprised it broke, the plastic on those things doesn't look super strong to me.
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    Capper broke on bottling day!

    Well, with mine there was no wooble, nothing at all. It just snapped when I was applying presure to cap the bottle. At least it did cap that bottle...
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    Capper broke on bottling day!

    Title says it all, this last Sunday I was bottling an IPA and my capper broke catastrophically. Fortunately it was at the end of my bottling session, and I just had two more bottles to cap, so i didn't waste a lot of beer. I think I would've lost it if it was right at the start. Time to...
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    My first IPA. Would love some advice!

    Well, for anyone curious how this beer turned out, I can say it turned out pretty great! Pretty tasty IPA! Lots of hoppy aroma with a subtle bitterness. Maybe I should've add a different hop for bittering, like Warrior or Chinook, to make it pop out a bit more, but I'm still very happy with...
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    My first IPA. Would love some advice!

    It's around 5.5 gallons in the fermenter. In the last batch I got a pretty good efficiency with a fine crush (not too fine, but finer than normal). I did a 90 min mash, isolated it well, stirred every 15 min, squeezed the bag well and even sparged. That got me around 75% IIRC. So as you...
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    My first IPA. Would love some advice!

    On the website they say that the OG will be around 1.063 – 1.068 and an FG of 1.012 – 1.015 (ABV 6,2%). The thing is, since I don't have a grain mill yet (it's going to be my next upgrade, i promise), they grind up all the grain and mix it up in the bag, so removing a few grams of base malt and...
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    My first IPA. Would love some advice!

    Yeah, I will ask them what kind of Crystal Malt there are using in the recipe. I reckon it wouldn't make a lot of sense putting C120L in there, but you never know. [EDIT] I called them and they told me it was a 120 EBC Crystal Malt. Meaning it's around 45 L.
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    My first IPA. Would love some advice!

    Not sure if it is English Crystal Malt, the store doesn't specify which kind it is. Would it make a big difference? Do you think I could get away with only using Cascade and Citra? I kinda like the idea of doing a Cascade + Citra only IPA. I was thinking of something like this: 30 g (1...
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    My first IPA. Would love some advice!

    I'm going to brew my first IPA. Since I have yet to invest in a grain mill, I'm using an all-grain recipe from my local homebrew supply store as a start. And the grain bill for a 5 gallon batch (19 liters) is the following: - 6 kg (13,22 lbs) - Pale Ale Malt - 320 g (0,7 lbs) - Crystal...
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