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    What do I need

    So, is this the only equipment you own right now? Because if so you're definitely missing quite a few things.
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    Am I SOL?

    Your LHBS guy is right, it's not about the strain, it's about cell count at this point. There is a small chance that if the new yeast you're using will ferment to a lower finishing gravity that it might throw off your carbonation level, but if you used something similar in your original batch...
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    How Much Priming Sugar?

    This one's easy: beer kit recipes, especially those marketed to new brewers are typically extract kits. Extract kits have harder to ferment sugars and I've found that sometimes they still push a bit higher in the bottle. So by going for the low end you give yourself a better margin of error...
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    How Much Priming Sugar?

    The way I do small batch priming for bottle conditioning is to add the sugar to a measuring cup and a small amount of boiling water to dissolve, then I cover it until it's cool enough to add to my bottling vessel. Then I transfer from the fermenter into the bottling bucket - this way the sugar...
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    Propane turkey cooker for brewing inside

    Okay, so you're saying that I claimed CO is heavier than air: Where did I claim this? It's basic science and something *every* licensed technician is painfully aware of. But moving past you putting words in my mouth, let's stop and unpack something for a moment. You claim that your local fire...
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    Propane turkey cooker for brewing inside

    What you're doing is an extremely bad idea and you should stop using an outdoor propane burner in your basement immediately. This stuff is my day job. I work on everything from BBQs and fire places up to multi-million BTU industrial process equipment. You're ignoring the safety instructions...
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    Jump in efficiency switching to Brewzilla?

    My old process was standard 3 vessel with fly sparge, slightly lower mash in volume, but made up for with the sparge . Big change was the new setup with recirc pump. The recipe and mash schedule are all the same; this is one of my standby recipes for a pretty neutral malt "base". I use it for...
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    Jump in efficiency switching to Brewzilla?

    Just finished my first brew day on my new Brewzilla 35L and had a real interesting result from the mash. My recipe is as follows: 5kg 2 row 100g Melanoidin 100g Carapils 100g Acid malt 500ml rice hulls 22l strike water, 11.5l sparge water, mashed in @65C for a 90 minute mash, sparged by hand...
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    Propane turkey cooker for brewing inside

    Joe, speaking as a gas fitter: this is a really bad idea. Either use it outdoors as intended or look into electric options.
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    yeast sachet lifespan in fridge?

    If it's old, it takes a long time to start. If i'm buying expired yeast, i'll pitch double what i usually would.
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    Sparkolloid as beer finings?

    Oh yeah, I got great conversion, 78% efficiency. I needed a quicker turn around so waiting a couple months for the protein to fully settle was out of the question (I do this for all my wines and meads, perfect clarity every time :D)
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    Sparkolloid as beer finings?

    Oddly enough, i do use irish moss and still have a bit of a problem with these two recipes, they use fairly heavy protein grains so the haze doesn't clear easily.
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    Sparkolloid as beer finings?

    basically the same thing as it's chitosan, isinglass or gelatin... On the other hand I can use sparkoloid or bentonite.
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    Sparkolloid as beer finings?

    Hmm. I'll have to see I guess. I might have to give up on clarity on these higher protein brews - not a big deal for me of course, but some people seem to be turned off by it. Silly vegetarians...
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    Sparkolloid as beer finings?

    In an effort to brew a vegan-friendly beer, I ended up using sparkolloid (marketed for wine) instead of isinglass or gelatin. I usually don't use finings but I've been doing some protein heavy grains. Is there any real reason not to use this for beer>
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