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    Belgian Corks From MoreBeer

    Oh man, I would love to drink nothing but La Fin du Monde everyday, might not be the most economical haha I do think the neck shape makes a huge difference, but the MoreBeer Belgian bottles are pretty similarly rounded as far as I can tell. But yeah you're probably right about the "put up with...
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    Belgian Corks From MoreBeer

    I used these corks from MoreBeer recently, bottling in the Belgian bottles they sell as well, and using a floor corker. I was having the hardest time pushing these things in, the corker even shaving off a tiny bit of the bottom before eventually squeezing through. I managed to get the depth just...
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    Cutting tips of bines

    Currently growing a few varieties on a 14" vertical trellis, and they have already surpassed the top! In the past, I've just let them keep growing up and eventually back down, tangling with the rest of them. This year id really like to keep the varieties as separate as possible to isolate them...
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    Is 10-Plate Chiller Enough?

    The Shirron chiller is indeed the one I was looking at. Haven't taken an exact temp measurement, but I'd say it's probably in the mid 50s or so.
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    Is 10-Plate Chiller Enough?

    I have the CFC that comes with a Spike Trio system, I think its 12ft long. The CFC is fine, just get mixed reviews about whether or not a plate chiller is better. Truth is, my LHBS is closing, and everything is on clearance. I still have a gift card there that I wanted to use up before it's too...
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    Is 10-Plate Chiller Enough?

    Thinking about an upgrade to a plate chiller, and just wanted some thoughts on a 10 plate vs anything larger. My LHBS has a 10 plate on sale right now, hence the debate. I like how low profile it is compared to my counterflow chiller, and I am not really worried about hop clogging since I use a...
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    pH of water is greater than 8.0

    Ward Labs has a brewing water test kit for $45, they send you the supplies and you ship them the sample. A lot cheaper than those LaMotte at-home test kits. https://www.wardlab.com/product/water-test-kit/
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    Bar/ Kegerator Design Help

    Thank you! That third link is almost exactly what I was wanting to do. Nice to see some build pics to get an idea of how to frame it out.
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    Floor Corking Issues - Belgian Corks

    I picked up a used Portuguese floor corker in excellent condition, and used it for the second time with Belgian corks and Belgian 16oz bottles (first time was with wine corks and wine bottles, worked perfectly). With the corks being significantly wider, I expected it would take a bit more force...
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    Bar/ Kegerator Design Help

    Looking for some advice on a build I'll be working on soon. The goal is to construct a bar with DIY kegerator built in. I've seen a lot of builds of a basic bar with a standard chest freezer kegerator that slips in underneath, feeding the tap tower above, but what I want to do is have the...
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    Need to re-yeast bottle conditioned cider

    So I actually had two carboys of the same cider, spontaneously fermented all the way to 1.000 FG. I bottled one half of it a couple months ago, same exact process, and even today not one has even the slightest level of carb. When I finished this second batch, and noticed the amount of yeast left...
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    Need to re-yeast bottle conditioned cider

    I bottled up a batch of dry cider, and used CBC-1 dry bottle conditioning yeast, their calculator gave me 2g/ 5oz yeast to sugar for 5.5 gal batch. The packet outlines the process of rehydrating: sprinkle yeast on the sugar solution at 95º, wait 15 min, stir and wait 5 more min. Seemed hydrated...
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    Partial Mash Boil Volume

    For at least the first time I do this, I am brewing for a little competition with my brew club, so my target is 5 gal just to make sure I have enough to serve. May step down to smaller batches in the future.
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    Partial Mash Boil Volume

    Yeah this is pretty much what I was imagining, thanks for the link! How should I adjust a partial-mash recipes hopping rates? Should I be doubling it to compensate for the dilution?
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    Partial Mash Boil Volume

    Not yet, just doing some early planning
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