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    Will this work for a mashtun?

    Well, this post seems to have gotten away from me! We ended up ordering it on Sunday night and will be building the mashtun this weekend! Then it's time for a trip to the LHBS to brew up a batch! Conveniently, my wife is actually the one who started brewing first (only by a month). I helped...
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    Will this work for a mashtun?

    As a Christmas present to ourselves, my wife and I are going to make a mashtun and then brew some beer together. I just found this cooler on Walmart.com, and I want to make sure it will work! A little about us: We both are really into home brewing and would like to take the next step. We...
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    Fruit Beer Succulent Strawberry Blonde

    Update: My fiancée racked it to the tertiary tonight! She told me that it has a very strong strawberry flavor, but that it's "delicious!"
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    Fruit Beer Succulent Strawberry Blonde

    The fiancee racked it to the secondary last night! She told me that it already tasted great without the strawberries, so I'm excited to see how it tastes with the strawberries!
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    Lemon Balm

    Good to know! I'm brewing up a batch next weekend, so I will probably split it at some point and do a gallon with the leaves to see how it turns out!
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    Racking

    That's what I thought, but the fiancée didn't think so! Just checking! (For the record, I've always left the trub behind, but since this is the first time ever using a secondary, I wasn't sure either!)
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    Racking

    I'm getting ready to rack my wheat beer into a secondary with some frozen strawberries! My question is this: when racking, do I leave behind the trub that's settled? If I do, won't the yeast be left behind?
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    Lemon Balm

    Long story short, I really enjoy a nice shandy after a long summer day. The place I work sells lemon balm plants, and after picking and eating a leaf, I decided that it would be awesome in a wheat beer. I've read mixed reviews of using it, so I was wondering if any of you have done it, and...
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    Another Wedding Reception Inquiry?

    Hey all, I really want to serve some homebrew at my wedding reception, and I'm wondering if anyone knows the logistics of it for Minnesota. My understanding is that when SF2336 was signed, it allows homebrewers to serve their beer as long as it is not for profit. "Sec. 10. Minnesota...
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    Infection?!

    I have no idea. I thought I was being pretty careful with my sanitation. The only thing I can thing of is that my dry hopping container didn't get sanitized properly. However, my fermentation stopped way before that, so maybe it was doomed from the start. Sent from my iPhone using Home Brew
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    Infection?!

    It didn't fully ferment; it stopped way short. What would cause this bad of an infection? Sent from my iPhone using Home Brew
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    Infection?!

    Ugh! I was so very excited for this beer! It was my favorite tasting up to this point, and now it's definitely gone down hill. I thought I had a stuck fermentation (after one week, it had gone from 1.060 to 1.040, and stayed there for several days). I checked it today, and when I opened the...
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    Safale US-05: Slow Starting?

    I measure with a hydrometer. The sample I took was 70° and my hydrometer is calibrated for 68°. Sent from my iPhone using Home Brew
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    Safale US-05: Slow Starting?

    Well, I checked it and good news and maybe bad news? It looks like it has/had fermented! I took a gravity reading and it came out at 1.040, so it's dropped quite a bit. However, it looks like the krausen has fallen already. Doesn't that mean that fermentation has stopped normally? Uh-oh...
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    help with SMASH reciepe

    I just made my first SMaSH IIPA on Monday night! I made a two-gallon batch and used 6-lbs of Maris Otter (I was going to use 6.25, but the store only had 6-lbs). I did a 0.6 ounce hop addition (Simcoe) at 60 minutes, and 0.2 ounces at 20, 15, 10, 5 and 1 minute. I'm going to be dry-hopping...
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