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    You know you're a home brewer when?

    If your oatmeal is too hot you immerse it in sink full of ice water to chill it rapidly.
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    You know you're a home brewer when?

    When filling out your facebook profile you enter "Brewish" for religion.
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    You know you're a home brewer when?

    You get in a fight with you wife becuse the tea set she bought for your daughter is not food grade.
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    Blackberry Wheat

    My wife would like me to brew a blackberry wheat. A few years ago I did the extract version of the Apricot Wheat from Brewing Classic Styles and I thought it was a good beer (even with a few mistakes on my part). I would like to make the same recipe (all grain this time) and was thinking about...
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    Cream Ale- Secondary?

    Thanks for the info.
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    Cream Ale- Secondary?

    I have seen a krausen before but nothing like this. This is what i was talking about. I could only get a shot from above.
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    Cream Ale- Secondary?

    This is my second time I've aerated with a stone for 15 min (air not O2) and the first time I've aerated with a stone and used a starter. So from what you are saying, I’m hopeful that things may be going right. My 6th batch is carbonating in the bottle and of the previous 5 some were good...
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    Cream Ale- Secondary?

    On Sunday June 23 I brewed the cream ale recipe from brewing classic styles. It's my 7th all grain batch and I feel that I did all the steps reasonably correct. Within 12 hours there was active fermentation and within a few days there was a massive amount of foam at the top of the carboy. I've...
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    Damp Chalk Hops?

    I brewed a pale ale yesterday with columbus hops. I purchased the hops about 1 week ago and stored them in the freezer. When I cut open the package I found that half of the hops were powder and the pellets had the consistancy of damp chalk. They fell apart when handled. As time was not on my...
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    English IPA Water ?

    I had my water analyzed and my Bicarbonate is 285. I would like to brew an English IPA and understand that BOT water has virtually no HCO3. It seems that the best solution is to dilute with distilled water. I was hoping to try a 1:1 ratio to get a HCO3 of approx 142.5. Is that enough or should...
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    What Fridge to Purchase?

    can you fement at ale temps in a freezer? is it safe to put the thing on its side? thanks, mike
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    What Fridge to Purchase?

    whoops, i didn't look at the measurements. disregard my previous thread. thanks, Mike
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    What Fridge to Purchase?

    That's a nice chest freezer and pretty affordable. My only concern is that I may have a hard time placing and removing the carboy from it. Do you have any issues: dropped carboy, herniated disc, etc...? Thanks, Mike
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    What Fridge to Purchase?

    I'm considering taking the plunge and buying a fridge for fermentation. I'd prefer to buy a new fridge because I hope to use it for a long time and if new it might have a decent warranty. Space is a big issue. I'd like to get the smallest fridge possible that I can fit a 6.5 gallon glass carboy...
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    cancelled brew day/ starter ?

    cool, so lets say I make another starter-should I use all of the yeast in the final starter or just a portion of it? Thanks, Mike
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