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    Hops Didn't Do Well This Year

    This is my 4th year of growing hops. I plant Cascade, Centennial and Williamette here in New England. In years past the Centennial have been the most robust followed by the Cascade with the Williamette the less of the three. This year both the Centennial and the Cascade did very poorly. They...
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    Split Fermentation, One Working, One Not

    I just brewed up a 10.5 gallon ale this past weekend and put 5.25 gallons each into 2 primary bucket fermenters and added a vial of White Labs WLP 051 to each after aerating both with oxygen. Everything was the same, stored in the same room at the same temperature. Now one of them is working...
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    Fermentation In Keg

    I just went to keg a 10 gallon batch into 2 kegs and noticed by the hydrometer reading that it looks like it should ferment more. It'd been fermenting in the primary for a week and longer than that in the secondary and the beer is actually pretty clear. But I want it to ferment a bit longer even...
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    Heat Wave

    OK, so I brewed a 10 gallon batch a week ago which was last Friday evening. Here in the northeast we've had a few days of mid to upper 90 degree heat. Our old house doesn't have AC and the room where I keep the fermenting brew got up to at least 80 for the past few days. Not good, I don't think...
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    Extreme Cooler Mash Tun in Winter

    I wasn't sure where this should go so I put it here. I was just thinking about making a single tier brew structure after my last 10 gallon batch and the challenges it gave me. Having everything organized and right there would be pretty nice. If it did do a brew structure I'd have to do my...
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    Mash Tun Size

    Sorry if this has been answered already somewhere but I've been looking through the threads and not really found what I'm looking for. I currently do 5 gallon batches batch sparging and using a 48qt cooler/mash tun I made. It works great and holds temps really well. I'm now interested in trying...
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    Carboy Lesson Learned

    I've been brewing pretty steady for several years now. I mainly brew 5 gallon all grain batches using the batch sparge method and glass carboys as a secondary fermentor. I have 4 carboys and some time ago I noticed that 2 of them had roughly 2" cracks in the bottom. I couldn't figure out why but...
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    Hops Utilization In Boil

    I've been brewing for a few years now and I've always put my hop additions in a muslin bag. I mostly use pellets but last year grew some of my own hops so have started to use some of those on occasion. My question is would I get more hops utilization if I didn't put my additions in a muslin...
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    IBU's & BeerSmith

    I posted this same thing on another forum and thought I'd try it here too. I don't know if this is the spot for this question or not but I'll start here. I've been brewing 5 gallon all grain batches and batch sparge for awhile now. The way I do it is I place my hop additions into the boil...
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    15 Gallon Blichmann Boilmaker for 5 gallon batches

    I'm considering getting a new boil kettle and have pretty much settled on a Blichmann. I only brew 5 gallon batches but am considering some 10 gallon batches in the future. I was going to get the 10 gallon kettle but am now considering the 15 gallon kettle for the occasional 10 gallon batch. I...
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    New Boil Kettle

    I'm seriously considering getting a new boil kettle. I'm trying to decide which way to go between a basic 10 gallon Mega Pot with a valve or the Blichmann Boilmaker. I know, both ends of the spectrum. I really like the Blichmann but I'm thinking it's probably more than I need for using as...
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    Cold Crashing

    I've been reading threads about cold crashing. I brew 5 gallon batches and use a wort chiller to cool the wort down to pitching temp. This also ends up basically acting as somewhat of a cold crash as I get a cloud on the bottom. My problem is when I siphon I still end up sucking some of it into...
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    Yeast Starters

    I've been brewing pretty steady for a couple years now and am still learning. During all that time I've never used a yeast starter. I brew in 5 gallon batches both extract and all grain and have been using mostly liquid yeasts. I've often wondered about using a yeast starter but from what I've...
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    IPA Recipe Try

    Using Beersmith I've been trying to come up with recipes on my own. I'm doing them all grain, batch sparging and 5 gallon batches. I have tried 2 other of my own recipes so far but they haven't come out like I had hoped. So now I've been looking to try an IPA that has a nice hoppy/citrusy/piney...
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    Mash Issues

    It's been quite awhile since I last did an all grain batch. Before this I have only done 2 others. I'm still in the learning process but what I find most difficult is hitting the correct mash temp I'm looking for. The one I'm currently brewing as I type this (it's steeping at the moment) I...
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    Transplanting Hops

    This was my first time trying to grow hops this year. I tried 3 different varieties (Cascade, Centennial and Willamette) and just put them in 3 different locations to see what happened. I think I only used Miracle Grow on them once and that was about it yet they did fairly well. So now next year...
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    How to tell when hops are dry?

    This is my first time trying to grow hops. It's a pretty neat plant to grow. I did 2 rhizomes of Cascade, Centennial and Willamette. The Willamette started out gang busters then faded off and didn't really produce and cones. My Cascade did really well and my Centennial did pretty good for the...
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    First Year Growing

    Just for the heck of it I planted 3 different varieties. Since I didn't have a specific spot selected and this is the first time trying it, I just planted them near our basketball hoop that doesn't get used anymore and also near a building. I staked them all out and ran twine up as far as I...
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    Low OG - My own fault?

    I just finished brewing up Northern Brewers all grain Three Hearted Ale. I pretty much hit all the temps I needed to and all went well. I use a wort chiller to cool the wort and there seemed to be alot of cold break when it reached temp for transferring. I didn't take out the chiller so as not...
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    Beer Line ID

    I'm in the finishing stages of building my keezer. I'm going to have 3 taps and was planning on using 5' of 1/4" ID tubing for each. Should this work OK? Thanks.
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