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  1. RangerG

    Another successful brew... But a few ?'s

    Good advice, I always pour the hot wort into the ice water then run three fans on the carboy. I'm gonna start cooling the wort to 100 first. Probably why I'm buying a 6gl better bottle cause my glass has cracks around the bottom, Doohhh! Now that I'm making better brews I'm noticing flavors...
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    how to get extract into glass carboy

    My wife never holds the funnel right. She lets it make a seal instead of tipping it a little, then some hot wort blurches up and scares her - every time.
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    Bad dog!!!!

    Sometimes I have my hydrometer ready (extract brewer) and have a few too many homebrews while brewing and completely forget to take an OG. So I just leave everything a bit longer; longer primary, take a reading, longer secondary, and estimate based on the ingredients; 40 for DME and 36 for LME...
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    About dry hopping

    Just put em in there, watch em float around loose, and then wrap a bag, I use a nylon hop bag, around the end of your auto-siphon when you rack into the bottling bucket. The loose hops actually keep some of the trub from coming through - they're filter-like, so I can get that last little bit...
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    advice please????

    If it's too sweet for you give it to your wife or girlfriend who doesn't really like hops anyway. I have made a couple of batches that I didn't think I would like, or didn't like, and they sat around for a long time and got a lot better - patience.
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    Rubber Stopper Won't Stay In Carboy

    I spray the area around the stopper with starsan and then take a doubled-over 2-3" strip of plastic wrap and stuff the stopper in, and then wrap it real tight - stretching the wrap in place ala shrinkwrap style over both the stopper and the top of the carboy so it holds the stopper in place...
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    Thinking about getting a secondary fermenter...

    I am going to better bottles for beer and using glass for meads. I have noticed cracks in two glass fermentors in the last 6 months and it's a bummer to have to keep buying those things. I almost always use a secondary, if for no other reason than so I can add more hops for aroma and give...
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    Lager Temp Question

    Tanks a bunch der Yooper, the fermentation temp was actually closer to about 57* (I got one a doze temp thingy's that goes 4* lower than what ya set it at until the temp rises back up) and after the blowoff I started to lower it to close to 50* so I think I'll be OK there. By activity I mean...
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    How best to bottle mead

    I put my mead in ANY bottles. Magnums to tiny. My wife especially likes those little 6oz champagne bottles cause they're so dainty. I have noticed that using 5oz corn sugar for 5 gallons gives mine quite a pep and if I'm not hanging onto the champagne cork it'll just fly off all on its own...
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    First Prickly Pear Mead

    I followed the Papazian recipie but only used 15# honey as this is going to sparkle. After the cooking of those gorgeous cactus fruits, the beautiful crimson turned to yellow-brown. In the fermentor it looked just like sewage - my wife and I both just shook our heads, "I'm not drinking that."...
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    Lager Temp Question

    Brewed first lager. After pitching a big starter (WL800 Pilsner) I put it in the fridge at 60*. Everything seemed to happen in slow motion but by the end of the second day there was blowoff and good fermentation for three weeks, then I racked to secondary. It did smell like rotten eggs at first...
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    Hop Growing in South Florida

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    Thanks for all the advice

    Thanks to all of you brewers for the good advice I've been getting the last few months. I am now bottling a 5 gallon batch about every 10 days and am getting far enough ahead that I don't even think twice about letting one sit around for a while before drinking - just makes em better...
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    Lager Yeast Starter Question

    Got me an old fridge for making lager and want to try that out in the next month. I'm thinking tempurature and conditioning of the yeast - so I am wondering if making lager starters at 70 degrees is OK? By the way, thanks to all of the advice I get from you guys I am drinking some damn...
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    Aroma Hop Question

    I couln't do it. After I racked to secondary I dry hopped on top of the flameout hops anyway - I just love those hops.