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    How to get started making starters

    I use something very similar - I believe the same stir plate? I bought piece-wise, and I think the stir plate came with a lifetime warranty (?). As others have said, I’m not sure you’ll need everything in the picture except for the DME. I also only use a sanitized piece of aluminum foil over...
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    Inkbird setup without heater

    Is there a reason you’re not using some kind of heating element? Just curious if it were a setup issue/concern or purely shelling out the money for something. I use a Fermwrap on a similar device and setup and it works great. I think I bought mine for $35 a few years ago and it’s still...
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    Cold Crashing & CO2

    Greetings, Typically I’ll dry hop in the keg or some kind of secondary fermenter. For scheduling reasons, I tossed the pellets into the primary and planned on just cold crashing to drop them out. To do so, I typically fill a balloon with some CO2 and attach to my standard blow-off tubing. It...
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    New grain mill - proper settings

    Thanks Bob, Running conventional mash - I may just run it through the mill again. I put everything together, including some wheat malt, which I usually run through twice anyway.
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    New grain mill - proper settings

    Greetings, I purchased a new grain mill and I’m attempting to dial in the settings. Please have a look at the photo and see if you’d qualify this as proper? Thanks! Dan
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    Pilsner recipe - water suggestion?

    All, I'm planning my next brewday and I've got some WY2124 that I've already starting building (it's old), and I'd like to brew a German pilsner. I've not brewed many pilsners (lagers in general), so I'm seeking some advice regarding water profiles. My local water 'looks' like this: 22 Ca...
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    Hoppy Pale Ale Recipe

    Greetings, Looking for advice on amount of late addition/whirlpool hops for a light, hoppy ale I'm considering for this weekend. I realize hop perception can vary from person to person, but I'm looking for any opinions: Golden Promise Malt - 100% Target OG: 1.052 (5.33% ABV) 60 min: Citra 28...
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    Yeast suggestion thread

    Thanks for the advice! Worked up a 2L starter of WLP002 last night... it’s chugging along with A LOT of activity right now. Brewing on Sunday. Cheers!
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    Massachusetts 10G SS Brewtech Kettle

    Still available? Please PM me if so... very interested.
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    Yeast suggestion thread

    I’m brewing a Pale Ale hopped with only Chinook this weekend. Grain bill will either be all pale malt or maybe a slight addition (4%) of Caravienne or Caramel 60 (color and slight sweetness). It was recently suggested to use WLP002 instead of the standard Chico I would use for this kind of...
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    Black buildup on conical wall

    Thank you for the reply. Is there anything health-wise I need to be concerned about if the beer tastes fine post bottle conditioning? Are these oils poisonous or anything? This is indeed a Ss brewbucket! I picked up some TSP recently and will break everything down and clean thoroughly.
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    Black buildup on conical wall

    I’m new to brewing in a conical, but recently bought a stainless steel vessel as an upgrade to my glass carboys. I’ve included pictures to show what I found with my first brew. I don’t ever recall this color of buildup on the wall of the glass carboy (black). Also, there was quite a bit of...
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    Copper chiller clean?

    Thanks MaxStout - regarding the spots, even with Starsan they seem to remain. Even post-boil, they remain. I’ve seen other threads suggesting a longer soak in Starsan, so perhaps I’ll try that.
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    Copper chiller clean?

    Thanks for your reply, ancientmariner. I noticed them a couple of times now and even post-boil, they remain on the coil. I’ll dispose of it and go with stainless if it’s a concern, but I wanted to see what the ‘community’ thought first. Thanks again
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    Copper chiller clean?

    I’ve brewed a few batches of beer with this coil chiller, and lately noticed these marks on it. I typically soak it in OneStep in the kettle after brewing. Anyone know what this is? Anything to worry about? Should I dump what I’ve already brewed?
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    Brown Ale recipe advice

    I've recently picked up some Goldswaen Brown Malt on the cheap and I'd like to use it. I've brewed some Brown Ale's in the past, but never with this malt. I tossed this recipe together and was going to give it a whirl next weekend, but thought I'd see if anyone else has advice prior to...