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    Problems Converting a Danby Kegerator for ball lock kegs

    I have a Danby Millenium commercial kegerator with a single tap tower that I want to convert to be able to be connected to my ball lock corny kegs. The problem is that I dont want to completely eliminate the ability to connect a commercial keg and wanted to be able to switch between the...
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    rubber ring

    I did my primary fermentation in a plastic bucket. I racked to secondary today and realized that the bottom half of the rubber o-ring that seals the hole for the airlock had dry rotted and apparently broken off when I inserted my airlock and fallen into the beer during fermentation. I found the...
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    WYEAST 1056, how long can it be stored and still be good?

    I brewed a pale ale yesterday and pitched a WYEAST 1056 American Ale smack pack that I had sitting in the fridge since last year. I had been brewing lagers almost exclusively but decided to brew me a good pale ale last year and bought the pack, but never got around to it. I finally decided to...
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    Our new microbrewery logo

    We have been working on starting up a microbrewery and I have finally completed our brewery logo: Let me know what you guys think.
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    Contract brewing

    A few homebrewer friends and myself have been discussing and researching the idea of opening a microbrewery for just about a year now. We have just recently been toying with the idea of possibly contract brewing our beer at first to help save on costs and for us to be able to get our product out...
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    Redhook carbonation question

    According to the Redhook brewery website, they naturally carbonate their beer by "closing the exhaust vents on their fermenters partway through the fermentation process, pressurizing the fermenter and naturally carbonating their beer". Is this a potential way to carbonate for the homebrewer or...
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    How long should an immersion chiller take to cool down 5 gallons of wort?

    I bought a 25' immersion chiller to use on my first batch of AG. The brewday went perfectly...until it was time to cool the wort down. Even with the immersion wort chiller going full blast, the wort was still 80+ degrees after 45 minutes. What gives? I heard that most immersion chillers would...
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    First AG question

    OK, I am planning on brewing a lager for my first all grain. As of right now, I am unsure whether or not I should go for a single infusion or for a step mash. My grain bill is rather simple: 9 lbs. Maris Otter 1.5 lbs crystla 60L Will this benefit from a protein rest or would a single...
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    Just cracked open a bottle of my first brew in two years...

    ...last night. I brewed a Brewers Best brand German Oktoberfet (although I substituted the Williamette and Vanguard hops the kit came with with Hallertau and Saaz and used a Wyeast Bavarian Lager activator instead of the dry Muntons yeast pack it came with). I just have to say, what the hell...
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    Better investment - Immersion chiller or Counterflow?

    My LHBS has 25' copper coil immersion chillers for $65 but they have 25' counterflow systems for $99. I know I am going to buy one or the other, I just don't know whether it is worth the extra $34 to go ahead and get the counterflow or is an immersion chiller enough? I will start off AG brewing...
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    Decoction vs. Step infusion for a Sam Adams clone

    I've decided that I am going to attempt a Sam Adams Boston Lager clone (since it is my favorite domestic craftbrew). I have a recipe that I got off of this forum but from what I've read, Sam Adams uses a decoction mashing technique to achieve the color, aroma, and flavor of their lager. My...
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    Filtered water or RO water?

    I am planning on doing my very first AG brew next week and I am trying to get my ducks ina row here. I went online to my local water co. website and got the water report for my area: PH 8.2 Calcium Carbonate (hardness) 165 mg/L Sodium 30 mg/L Calcium 47 mg/L full report here...
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    How much water should be left in the Mash Tun?

    I just got finished assembling my MLT and I tested it out by filling it halway (about 6 gallons) with hot water. I checked it for leaks first, and there were none. I then proceeded to drain it out to check the flow rate and the action. It drained very well at first but stopped draining with...
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    Nearly done building my Mash Tun!!

    I am nearly finished with building my MLT. I asked around on here about the differences between a copper manifold and the S.S. braid method and decided to go with the copper manifold because I want the option to begin with batch sparging but to be able to move to fly sparging without having to...
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    Homemade Mash/Lauter Tun question

    I have looked around online and have seen several different methods of producing a homemade MLT from a 48qt rubbermaid cooler. Most of what I saw seemed to be one of two methods, method 1.) using a ball valve and fittings and a stainless steel hose braid clamped down onto a barb fitting and...
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    Necessary equipment for the transition from extract to all grain?

    I have brewed only extract up to this point, but I am considering moving up to all grain and was wondering what is the essential equipment I will need to make the move? I understand I will need a mash-tun and I've heard a grain mill would be highly recommended, but what else would I need...
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    Moving Apfelwein from one fermenter to another?

    I currently have a batch of Ed Worts Apfelwein in a plastic bucket fermenter for three days now and want to transfer it to a better bottle so that I can use the plastic fermenter for a new beer recipe I came across. Is this something that can be done safely or will I risk ruining the batch by...
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    Can crystal and chocolate malts be steeped whole?

    I got an extract recipe for a dark honey lager online and it calls for steeping some 120L Crystal malt as well as some chocolate malt. I've only brewed from kits before and this will be my first time buying ingredients and brewing from a recipe. Anyway, the only malts that my local homebrew...
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    What is the absolute BEST way to bottle?

    Hi guys, I am looking for personal opinions here on the best way to bottle. Is it better to use carb tabs, or is it better to mix 3/4 cup of corn sugar and water on the stove and then pour directly into the bottling bucket before bottling or is it better to just put the corn sugar directly in...
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    Bottling Apfelwein?

    Can Apfelwein be bottled in the plastic apple juice containers that the juice comes in? It just seems like it would be far more convenient than glass bottles seeing as we don't drink them out of the bottles but rathe rpour them in large glass beer mugs and my wife and I each have around 3 or so...
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