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    Questions on: Lagering my Alt

    Thanks for the info guys. I have decided to put the proper psi on it and carbonate while it lagers. Seems like the best way to maximize space and free up a spot in my fermenter fridge!
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    Questions on: Lagering my Alt

    Hello everybody! I hope everyone is having an awesome time gearing up for fall. I am currently working on an altbier which has already gone through primary for two weeks at 62-65, then has been moved to a secondary for a little over a week now at 50 degrees. I have read lagering an altbier...
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    Little Holes in my Hop Leaves! Help!

    Hi everybody! It's seems that I have little visitors taking a bite out my hop leaves. (See the pics below) does anyone have a recommendation on how to take care of this problem?? Insecticide recommendations? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks
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    Should I Prune My Hops??

    Hello everybody I am tapping into the fountain of knowledge to ask if I should prune my hop plants, specifically a Columbus plant that currently has about 7 bines at about 5-6" each. I know it's best to have 2 bines at the most working their way up the hop line so I wonder if its best to have...
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    Quick Question about Trellis Lines and Ground Stakes

    Hi everybody! To give a quick background this is my first year planting hops and the plants are starting to really take off. I have put up the maypole/teepee style hop trellis with lines running to the stop of a 18' pole. Here is the question. The ground stakes I have are not holding well as...
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    First Timer - I Need Some Help (Slightly Freaking Out)

    So I went with something close to that. I ended up getting some cheesecloth and doubled it over a few times and constructed small "tents" over the hops. It seems to work well and I have someone who will water while I am away. Hopefully these crowns like their new home!!
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    First Timer - I Need Some Help (Slightly Freaking Out)

    Any morning HBT fans care to weigh in on this topic? I would greatly appreciate the advice!
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    First Timer - I Need Some Help (Slightly Freaking Out)

    That news sounds promising for me. I am located in NJ and it's pretty hot right now so I am afraid I might fry the young plants in direct light. I might just give it a shot and just let them do their thing and see what happens.
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    First Timer - I Need Some Help (Slightly Freaking Out)

    Hello! I recently received 3 hop crowns from Great Lakes Hops, which arrived a little bit later than I planned. I have my hop trellis set up and my garden is ready to go, but there is a catch. I did not know that they had to be in a shady area for two weeks prior to full sun.... This is a...
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    Carbonation question

    Hello everyone I am reaching out with a quick question regarding force carbonating homebrew...here we go: I have reached a decent level of carbonation for my stout using the set it and forget it method. Now that I am at the point of dispensing should I leave the stout continually hooked up to...
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    A Late Summer Mead...Need Help with Recipe

    Hello! I am brand new to the world of Mead. This will actually be my first swing at it and I am quite interesting in putting together a mead with ginger and orange peel. Something nice and light to be ready to drink around August. I was wondering if anyone out there would be familiar...
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    First Label! Let Me Know What You Think!

    Thanks for the kind words! I am currently enjoying my 'Blackout' IPA and I must say it is quite nice.
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    First Label! Let Me Know What You Think!

    This is my first label for my Black IPA which turned out awesome! Let me know what you think. PK
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    Need help with this Black IPA Recipe!

    I thought I would give a follow up on the progress of this brew it is nearly at the two week primary fermentation point. I will be transferring it into a secondary carboy and dry hopping it with some additional centennial hops. I am excited for this beer. In honor of the storm it will be called...
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    Need help with this Black IPA Recipe!

    Thanks for the responses! I have actually since tweaked the recipe a little more which has balanced it out. I used Yooper's Ruination clone (https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/stone-ruination-clone-155771/) as the base and tweaked the steeping grains to make it darker (see below)...Quick question...
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