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    Question on a magnetic stir plate

    I score that as a 10/10 use of that phrase. I award you full credit for your response!
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    First Time Using Dry Yeast

    This board has been incredibly helpful so far and I have yet another question to pose. All the beers I've brewed so far have used some sort of Wyeast liquid yeast, but the last time we ordered our beer kits from Northern Brewer, the liquid yeast was almost hot to the touch. We are anxiously...
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    Immersion Chiller - Pump Recommendations

    There's nothing worse than asking advice without telling you what I actually bought. After all the research, I went with this: Flotec 1/6 HP, 1470 GPH Submersible Utility Pump It seems like ~1500 GPH might be overkill, but here is the setup: Giant keg bucket with ice water and the...
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    Immersion Chiller - Pump Recommendations

    All, I'm building an immersion chiller this Friday from 50' of 1/2 copper tubing. My goal is to purchase a pump that goes into a cooler filled with ice water to pump the chilled water through the coil and back into the cooler (keeps the waste to a minimum). Can anyone recommend a pump or...
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    Calming down the Hops

    Could you add some lactose to bring some sweetness to the table or does it not work that way?
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    Calming down the Hops

    Here is the predicament: My friend who used to say that he would eat the hops off a branch decided to brew an ultra-hoppy beer (basically English bitter with 2x the hops). We brewed it about a month ago, racked it to secondary 2 weeks later, and did a sampling this Thursday to check specific...
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    Racking to Secondary

    All, I'm going to rack 3 beers to scondary today (going from bucket to carboy). The beers have been bubbling away in primary for a week (though the bubbles have all but stopped) and we are racking to free up the buckets for bottling at a later point. Should we be trying to aerate the wort...
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    Beginner Brewer Reading List

    Thank you already for all the great suggestions! I am patiently waiting for my 1st kegged beer to calm down and stop being foamy (it was forced carbed 3 days ago) so I can officially RDWHAHB.
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    Immersion Chiller - Home Depot Here I Come!!

    Any major difference between 3/8" and 1/2" besides about $15?
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    Beginner Brewer Reading List

    Hello all, I recieved a copy of "The Complete Joy of Home Brewing" when I purchased my starter kit about 1.5 months ago. I've been brewing like crazy since then (a bunch of buddies and I have brewed ~35 gallons in the last month), but I'm quickly realizing that we need more education...
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    Immersion Chiller - Home Depot Here I Come!!

    So I have a Home Depot gift certificate that is burning a hole in my pocket and would like to build an immersion chiller (before my wife decides that we need to update the ceiling fans or some such nonsense!). I went today to the Depot to scope out what I would need and now have some questions...
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    Boiling... 3 batches in and still wondering

    I haven't used Irish Moss or Whirlflock tablets in any of my brews. I did just order some whirlflock tablets after reading rave reviews on this site. One more question...How do people handle straining pellet hops or do you just leave them in? The guy at the homebrew store said he just...
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    Boiling... 3 batches in and still wondering

    My 3rd batch (a porter) is bubbling away in the chest freezer and I'm still struggling with how to boil my beer. I can't seem to figure out the level of boiling (which seems so simple) - simmer or hard boil or somewhere in between. The reason why I'm asking is I've never seen any "hot break"...
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    Question on Boiling

    I've had the turkey fryer for a while and invested in a big 7.5 gallon stainless steel pot, but once I hit boiling, I quickly back off the flame until I get a nice slow boil. I've read about hot break, but I don't know if I've ever seen that and my 1st batch of beer was cloudy (Irish Red) and...
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