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    SG of carbonated beer?

    OK, so I was in a hurry. I made an Amber a few weeks ago, OG = 1.066. Fermentables were 12.5# 2-row, .5# 90L, .5# 120L. The mash was a full 60 minutes at 153 deg. Yeast was S04, and fermentation temp was 65. I did not take a final gravity reading after the primary or after the secondary. I...
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    Drilling the side of a Sanyo

    I have a Sanyo 4912 (I think...it is the one everyone else is converting.) that I have been using for a couple of years with taps out the front door. I ran out of CO2 last friday night and brought my 20# welding tank in for temporary service. Rather than using my 5# tank in the keggerator, I...
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    So I have these rhizomes coming...now what?

    Last night I ordered 12 rhizomes of 5 different varieties. I am now trying to figure out what to do with them. I think I have a plan...let me know what you think. I moved to Duluth, MN late last summer, so I have not yet settled into my yard. My plan thus far is to deer-fence in a 60' X 80'...
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    CO2 woes...

    Last night, Friday night, I had just received my new Perlick to replace a cheap tap that has been mis-behaving. Had a beer that poured really slow. Cleaned my other tap, and....nothing. Ran out of CO2 on a Friday night. :( Both of the gas distributors that are within driving distance are...
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    20 gallons in 6 hours...a good evening.

    I brewed my first "stacked" double 10 gallon batch of the winter season. I have a 3 keggle setup, and I haven't been able to brew double batches in the winter because in the summer I run my cooler off the garden hose, and in the winter I need to use one of my kegs to hold cold water pumped...
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    Excessive reduction in SG?

    I have a quick question for anyone on the board with more experience with big beers than me. I have been AG brewing for a bit over 2 years with 30+ batches under my belt. I brew mostly Pale Ales and IPA's topping out at about 1.060. Two weeks ago I brewed an IIPA with a pretty big grain bill...
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    Double Double batches - brewing gone wild

    A quick history lesson about myself: About a year ago I built a 2 tier, 3 keg system with a direct fired MLT for doing 10 gallon batches. I used 1 pump, and set myself up for either batch or fly sparging. The system has worked fantastic! I have been able to get my 10 gallon batches to...
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    Holy Fermentation!!!!!!

    I started a 5 gallon batch of plum wine this week with 36# of wild plums, 8# of sugar, acid blend, pot met, etc. in a 6 1/2 gallon Ale Pail. I had fast fermentation after 24 hours, and extremely fast fermentation after 48. When I was punching down the cap after 48 hours and mashing it up with...
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    Straining bags

    If I buy one of the nylon straining bags from the wine store to aid in pressing wine, can I re-use it? I have always used panty hose and want to give a bag a try. Thanks!
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    Double Brew Day!

    I finally got up the nerve to try two 10 gallon AG batches at once last night. One batch was Haus Ale (first time) and the other was an Amber. I used my 2 tier keggle system and a 36 qt. coleman extreme cooler to mash the second batch. As normal, I heated my "first batch" strike water in the...
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    10 Gallon AG in a 36 qt Coleman Extreme?

    I have a plan...for making 20 gallons instead of 10 during my next brew day:cross:, but it involves mashing for a 10 gallon batch in a coleman extreme 36 qt cooler. Has anyone tried this? I have just about maxed out the cooler capacity before on BIG 5 gallon batches, but I have never attempted...
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    No Krausen

    I have something odd happening right now... I relocated over the summer, I haven't brewed since Memorial Day. Up until Saturday, that is. I brewed a 10 gallon batch of my UP Ale, 2-row, Carapils, Crystal 20 and 40, and a mixture of Magnum, Hallertau, and Amarillo hops. I pitched Safale...
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    Fly sparging question

    This is probably a simple question, but I need to ask it anyway. I am planning on switching from batch to fly sparging, and have no fly sparging experience. My question is do you stop your hot water flow to the top of the MLT early so you can collect all of the wort from the MLT? If I want to...
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    Is my crush too fine?

    For my last 2 10 gallon brews, I tightened up the spacing on my barley crusher by about 1/8th of a turn. I am mashing in a coleman X-treme 70 quart cooler with a PVC manifold with hack saw slots every 1/4". Since I tightened my crush, I have gone from 75%ish to 85%+ efficiency, but my batch...
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    Brew stand progress!

    After a week of work, here is the current progress on my brew stand. The permanent gas piping, valves, pump, and control pannel will hopefully be done this week. I should be getting one more keggle this week for a HLT, and one more next month for a MLT...
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    How to mount March pump?

    My brew stand is 90% done, and my March pump will be here at the end of next week. Do you guys have any pictures of how you have mounted your pumps? Their web site shows no mounting info. Any help would be appreciated!
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    1 vs. 2 tier brew sculpture

    I am getting ready to build my brew sculpture, and I am debating using a 1 tier design vs. 2 tier design. I currently have a keggle, 70 qt cooler, and 8 1/2 gallon SS HLT. I am working on getting 2 more legal kegs, so I will eventually have a 3 keggle system. For the short term, I am thinking...
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    First 10 gallon batch done!

    I started pulling water for my first 10 gallon batch at the butt crack of dawn...well...07:30. All in all it went pretty well. Total brew time was about 5 hours for my house brew- Upper Penninsula Pale Ale. Had lots of learnings today, and over the past week. Here is a re-cap. 1) My...
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    Dad is mead, Mom is wine, what is baby?

    I made a 5 gallon batch of mead, just 15# of honey, water, nutrient, and yeast about 8 months ago. This stuff has never tasted quite right. I had some low temperature issues in the primary and first secondary, but I don't know what to expect as I have never tried another mead. Neither me or...