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    How many of you guys aerate with an oxygen tank?

    I have everything I need to oxygenate the wort but have never had the need, I always make at least a 2 step starter so yeast is very happy and gets right to work, I usually have to stop fermentation before it gets to low and makes my beer dry. I always thought it would be a good thing but just...
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    How Many Gallons Brewed in 2022

    2378.7 + 15 Clean out the fridge Pale Ale = 2393.7
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    First batch... oops

    My 2 cents, 21 days in ferment you will be fine. I think the only miss haps were taking FG reading after priming sugar and not enough wort in your reading vessel. non of which are going to give you reason for concern. Cheers!
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    I’d like to get started..

    I think that I would grab a friend that knows the processes and makes good beer and ask them to join you on your first brew day. They should be able to get you through the day. The basics for me that need to be right are, clean, sanitize, and making sure the temps are were they are supposed to...
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    How Many Gallons Brewed In 2021

    7191.5 + 15 Gal. Black IPA 7206.5 Cheers!
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    Fourth stuck mash in a row

    My old system in cooler style mash tun had a domed false bottom but the bottom nut was quite large with big groves like a castle nut. I had a couple stuck mashes if I got in a hurry. I started using rice hulls and didn't have an issue again.
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    Black IPA thing of the past?

    Well I can't answer your question, but I sure hope not. I have only had one commercially that I really liked. I have a good recipe that I really like. I was short some corn sugar, so I added some brown sugar to the recipe that made it very good. It is probably my most brewed beer. I will try to...
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    How Many Gallons Brewed In 2021

    +15 Mosaic IPA = 6231
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    Periods of abstinence

    Have done so in the past but it's been awhile. Did it when I thought I was drinking to much or when my body told me too. usually for a couple of weeks with no substitutes really for peace of mind or to let me know that I can stop drinking if I want to. Always feel good during the break, probably...
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    hop baskets/hop spiders

    I also use a hop spider, and do the same as Dancy said above, plenty of time during the boil to give it a few lifts in and out of the boil kettle to help disperse the hop oils. Cheers.
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    How Many Gallons Brewed In 2021

    3900.5 + 15 Tropical (mango) Blonde. = 3915.5
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    When to Add fruit?

    6# for 5 Gal. sounds like a lot but that seems to be the norm in my research. Wife says that our store has Mango so I will be getting fresh Mango chopping it and freezing, thaw, freeze thaw and add to conical - trub. Thanks for everyone's input again.
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    When to Add fruit?

    Thanks for the help guys.