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    American Barley Wine

    This is my first barley wine, and my first time using an extended boil. Constructive criticism is most appreciated! Fermentables: 17 lbs. Maris Otter 1.5 lbs. Carapils 1 lb. Caramel 60 .5 lb. Caramel 40L Boil: 180 min 120 min: 2 oz. Columbus pellets 15 min: 1 Whirlfloc tablet, 1...
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    Infected mead?

    Last night, I made a 5 gallon batch of pretty simple mead (15 lbs grocery store honey, topped up with Deer Park spring water, yeast nutrient, white wine yeast). This morning I saw what I feared to be the beginnings of a pellicle, and after 24 hours, this is what it looks like...
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    Did I just ruin my beer (orange peel edition)

    So, I decided to add orange peel to a brew this past weekend, and rather than reading up on it like an intelligent person, I simply took one whole orange peel, diced it, threw it in at 5 minutes, and then tossed it into the fermenter along with the wort. My thinking was that the rind would...
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    Black and White Ale

    I'm trying to brew a stout with the soul of a Belgian wit, or essentially do to white ale what CDA did to IPA. I've got most of my recipe, but I'm still trying to figure out which base malt would go best with this. I've got some two-row sitting around, which I understand is a good base malt for...
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    Yeast Harvesting

    I've read a lot about people harvesting yeast after primary fermenation, and the one time I tried this, I failed pretty spectacularly. Is it possible to make a two-stage yeast starter, then pitch half and store the other half for next time? I don't see why this wouldn't work, but it's so much...
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    Looking for an inexpensive grain mill

    Just started brewing all grain, and I'm looking to acquire a small, inexpensive grain mill. The ones at the homebrew store all run $150-200. Any suggestions? I found this one on Amazon, and it looks decent. Too good to be true? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000U5NZ4I/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20
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    Brew Kettle Quality

    I am about to make the upgrade to AG, and looking at the brew kettles online, they are all very expensive. Do I really need a $200-300 kettle, or can I just buy a sturdy 10 gallon stock pot? It seems like the presence of the spigot and/or built-in thermometer really ups the price. I have a...
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    First Attempt at Harvesting/Washing Yeast

    Last night, I racked my blonde ale to secondary and had a very nice yeast cake at the bottom of the bucket. I boiled probably close to a gallon of water, chilled it, mixed it in with the yeast and trub, and after an hour, poured the top 3/4 off into a pitcher. I chucked the rest, covered the...
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    First Attempt at Reverse Engineering

    I am trying to come up with an extract recipe that will produce something similar to one of my favorite beers, Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale (http://hookerbeer.com/beers/#blonde-ale). As you can see, their website gives you the ingredients but not the recipe. Now that you've all had a moment to...
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    Hydrometer Question

    So, I'm fairly new (just brewed my 4th batch this weekend), and I have some questions about my hydrometer. On my first few batches, I felt like it was giving me kind of low numbers, but I didn't think much of it. This weekend, I brewed a very strong imperial pale ale. The kit says the OG...