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    Bottom of Bottle Yeast for a clone?

    Thanks for the advice!
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    Bottom of Bottle Yeast for a clone?

    I'm making a wheat clone and the recipe calls for the yeast to be the bottom 1/2 inch of 6 bottles of the beer I'm trying to clone. I haven't heard of this before (I am a pretty new homebrewer though). Has anyone done this before? Is this common? Anything that I should be aware of to...
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    Secondary Fermenter Questions

    I'm on an IPA (OG 1.055) and it's been in the secondary for 2 weeks now. A couple of questions. 1. I'm on my second brew. The first was a red ale (OG 1.037) and it settled very nicely, with no residue on top or floating. The IPA has numerous "flakes" floating near the top. They really...
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    Can I fix low carbonation?

    Thanks a ton.
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    Can I fix low carbonation?

    Hello, I have bottled a batch of Red. My buddy took 1/2 and stored it at his house without a basement. The temperature is probably high 60s low 70s and it was kept in a room with a furnace. Mine was kept in a basement that have an average temp of 63 degrees. My bottles are much flatter...
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    Secondary Fermenter Questions

    Thanks for the response. I'll leave it as is. I didn't rack enough of the primary, but another learning for my next batch.
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    Secondary Fermenter Questions

    Hello, I'm still on my first batch (Red Ale) but decided after some more research to use a secondary fermenter after the initial brew. I bought a 5 gallon plastic carboy and moved the beer from the primary fermenter to it after about 5 days. When I move it with the siphon, I probably left...
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    First Brew questions

    Thanks everyone for the answers and advice. Already excited to start the next batch now that I'm the wiser.
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    First Brew questions

    Thanks a lot for the advice. I don't believe the thermometer had mercury. I'll call the supply store later to verify. There was no liquid released. Just the small metal beads and glass. Right now the thermometer is double bagged and in my garage.
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    First Brew questions

    Hello, I had my first brew last night. Overall it went pretty good. It was a red ale kit with crystal specialty grains, Liquid and Dry Malt Extract, and willamette bittering and finishing hops. The OG seemed to be right in range at 1.042. But, I had a couple of learnings to take away...
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