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    Yeast starter with Dry Yeast during quarantine

    I would make a starter so that you can pitch half and save half. You may be housebound for longer than we all hope, and a starter will likely give you better yeast than harvesting from a high-ABV beer.
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    anyone got a recipe for a real working man's beer

    Clearly, this beer can't be made by or for a retiree, someone who's unemployed, or one of those damn trust fund kids, and probably not even a student working part-time.
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    Maybe the ABInBev haters can let up

    I'm probably reading the comments incorrectly, but it sounds like a few of you think saving lives is less important than fair allotment of shelf space for a non-essential product.
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    Hmm Toasted Sugar - Dry Caramelization

    I think I was supposed to update this. I made a dubbel with .25 each Special B and Chocolate malt and 2 lbs of toasted sugar. It's quite tasty, but it lacks the depth of flavor you get from dark candi syrup.
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    What styles of beer would this water be best for?

    http://howtobrew.com/book/section-3/understanding-the-mash-ph/what-kind-of-water-do-i-need
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    How often do you buy beer as a homebrewer?

    I've bought one beer this year, and that was to harvest the yeast dregs at the bottom of the bottle (although the beer was absolutely delicious).
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    Saaz hops + Belgian yeast = spice and clove?

    I read it, and I'm not trying to be rude although I'm sure I managed it anyway. I just don't get why you thought a saison yeast + saaz wouldn't taste like clove and cinnamon. Google saaz and it says "earthy, herbal, spicy." White Labs' description of the Dupont strain is "earthy, peppery, and...
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    Saaz hops + Belgian yeast = spice and clove?

    You tried to make an Altbier with Dupont yeast? And you think the hops are the problem?
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    Re-pitch different strain, why?

    For that recipe, I have no idea. If it's in secondary, I could see using one yeast for flavor and the second to insure fermentation gets to the preferred dryness. For priming, people will often use a yeast that is low-attenuating (so it only eats the priming sugar and doesn't overcarbonate), a...
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    Alternate to Wyeast 1318 for DIPA

    I use 1318 a lot, and I usually get pretty good attenuation, but in my experience it's more sensitive to variations in fermentability than a lot of other yeasts. You could try mashing for an extra 30 minutes. If you normally mash out, just skip that step and you'll be fine, the malt enzymes will...
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    Whirlpool @170 bitterness?

    Scientifically speaking, I have no idea how much bitterness hopstands and dry-hops contribute, my best guess being "some, not a lot." That having been said, I don't have much more faith in the accuracy of IBU calculators, and agree that IBU is a number that fails to address your preference, any...
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    Hop Shot (soup can size)

    I bought the Yakima Valley can awhile back. It's not really soupcan sized, more like cat food can. I find it doesn't deliver near the bitterness the formula indicates (unless this is that "soft bitterness" I keep reading about), so I try to get about half my IBUs from a traditional 60 minute...
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    Hmm Toasted Sugar - Dry Caramelization

    Big Belgian is still the plan, although the ESB route has promise as well. I'm okay with it not being part of a BJCP defined style; something that straddles dubbel and tripel is ok by me. I'm just hoping that it all comes together nicely. I was just wondering what your taste impressions were...
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    Hmm Toasted Sugar - Dry Caramelization

    Mine was pretty caramelly. It was nowhere near as sweet as I toasted sugar, but it was still sweet enough to obscure much else, although obviously that will change during fermentation. I was planning on putting this in a big Belgian instead of candi syrup.
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    Hmm Toasted Sugar - Dry Caramelization

    Any updates on the flavor? I toasted up 4lbs last night, and I'm looking for some inspiration.
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