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    Basement Temps

    Im in the same boat myself. From searching i found someone suggest putting the carboy in a bucket of water with an aquarium heater. Any drawbacks to this? Seems to me like the water idea would keep things more consistant. I have a heating pad for the blanket wrap idea and a aquarium heater so...
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    Outdoor Turkey Fryer /Burners

    Wow.. that stainless one looks like the real deal! I ended up with the King Kooker myself and my cousin who brews bought the Bayou Classic. The King Kooker i think isnt as sturdy as the classic, but still perfectly fine for brewing on a flat hard surface. The nice thing about the King Kooker...
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    Getting the most out of the grains.

    All the brews i have done so far have been with extract and a small bag of grains steeped before adding the extarct. I was flipping though the clone brews book and noticed that for their newcastle clone, they have you dump the grains in a pot with 1/2 a gallon of 150 degree water, then strain...
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    Taste differences between using corn sugar or DME to prime?

    Cool, thanks. I just got back from the home brew store with a 1lb bag of corn sugar. Ill save the DME for my next batch.
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    Taste differences between using corn sugar or DME to prime?

    What flavors if any does DME add over using corn sugar to prime with? Im doing a raspberry wheat and a nut brown right now and was thinking about trying it with one.
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    Mmmmm. Raspberry wheat

    Lookin tasty so far! Just got done transferring to the seconday and adding the fruit. Check out the foam after only 2 hours. This beer was brewed a little too early.... I went to the supermarket to get some fresh raspberries and they were 3.99 for a 6 oz package! I ended up with three...
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    How long does it take to get off flavors from high fermentation temps?

    It has been hot here the past few days that brought the temp from its usual 65 ish up to 70. Im sure at the floor its a little colder, but i had the fermenter up on a table. The dehumidifier has been constantly on for a week. :(
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    How long does it take to get off flavors from high fermentation temps?

    I pitched the yeast into my new raspberry wheat brew last night at about 11pm and stuck my fermenter in the basement which was about 70 degrees. This morning i woke up to a very active airlock, but according to the temerature strip on the side of the bucket, the brew is at 80 deg F! Before i...
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    Clearing up a fruit beer

    Im about to start my fruit beer tonight. Im hoping to have this and a nut brown done for the 4th. I was wondering what you guys have done to successfully clear up a wheat beer with real fruit in it. I plan to add sanitized real fruit to my seconday then rack to a tirtiry for a week to get the...
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    Uh Oh. Am i looking at bottle bombs?

    I assumed and i shouldnt have.... Last week i transfered my Irish Red (LBH Extract with some extra grain kit) to the secondary and let it sit till tonight. I filled my test glass with beer before i bottled and didnt actually take a reading until the bottles were capped and put away to...
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    Aeration and Oxidation differences...

    Has anyone ever had the siphon not start out real stong where it took 20-30 seconds for the beer to completely fill the transfer tubing causing some splashing/swirling actually inside the tube? This happened to me while tansfering from the primary to the botteling bucket in my last batch. Is...
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    First batch status

    So using a bucket for a seconday fermenter would be ok? I was under the impression the carboy was the only way to go as far as secondarys go. For simplicity's sake i may still leave it in the primary for another week and put the bottles in the fridge as you guys reccomended to get it a...
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    First batch status

    Well, my first brew has been in the fermenter for a week as of yesterday. I realized i accidentily used the botteling bucket (one with the spigot) as my fermenter. :drunk: Well i drew off a sample and tested it with the hydrometer. I measured 1.016 (66 deg temp) and the extract kit notes 1.008...
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    First batch ever just went in the fermenter, but with one oops and a question

    Casebrew - I was thinking the same thing about the turkey fryer halfway though the whole thing. :) I used pelletized hops, so the gunk was mostly the hops. Ill plan on doing a secondary as you guys suggested. Im glad to know my first beer is going to have more pulp than the orange juice i...
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    First batch ever just went in the fermenter, but with one oops and a question

    Hey guys, Ive always wanted to brew my own beer, and finally got set up with all the equipment last week. Ive been reading this forum and the "" book by John Palmer as well as the book included in my start up kit since. Needless to say, my head is swimming from all this...