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    All Grain Newbee needs help! MLT - how are they assembled?

    PERFECT!! Thank you for the help - that's just what I needed.
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    All Grain Newbee needs help! MLT - how are they assembled?

    Here is the kit I am asking about - basically two rubbermaid coolers and all the connections, valves, false bottom, and sparge arm. Just no instructions! And for $245 - about $150 more than I should have paid for the individual parts (so I would get instructions). "Burned once, shame on you -...
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    All Grain Newbee needs help! MLT - how are they assembled?

    Been making good beer for 3-4 years now (not counting the horse-p*ss I made in college 45 yrs ago!), and am moving up to all grain. I have all the equipment, but the orange mash tun and sparge tank don't come with any instructions for the included valves. Oddly the sparge sprinkler is well...
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    "Another" first mini-mash

    My use of the grains in my brewing (mini-mash or partial grain) is for body and "mouth feel". I use from 1-1/2 lbs to 2 lbs of grains with a mix of crystal malts at part 20L and part 120L and pay no attention to adjusting the amount of DME based on grain I use. I get consistently good homebrew...
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    cracking your own grain

    I dunno, sorta like most of the other parts of this hobby. It doesn't make much sense, but we gotta do it OURSELVES! I'm like you. I just got a grain mill for Xmas (I asked my wife for one), and don't have a clue why. I brew using partial mash - so my mill will only be used for max 2 lbs at a...
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    Brewing mead or "honey beer"

    I started this thread with my concerns about the making of a sweet "beer" type drink with honey. I got some good advice and struck out to see what would happen. Here is an update at 12/20/05: The brew was made of 12 lbs honey, water and Sweet Mead/Champaign yeast. It worked very slowly for 2...
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    Lup's Labels

    That label is a work of art! I fuss over my labels a long time, but never really made that extra step to do what you have done. Maybe it takes talent?????
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    Brewing mead or "honey beer"

    I'm planning on adding 4 oz of raspberry flavoring at the end with the priming sugar. I agree with the spices, and if this works out I will change from raspberry to some good spices as you suggest on the next batch. I can't think of a good spice with raspberry, which is the flavor I want...
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    Brewing mead or "honey beer"

    No sweat, I'll drain the carboy into a priorty mail envelope and send it anywhere you like. On second thought, I think I'll follow your advice and see this one to the bitter (or sweet, I hope) end!
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    Brewing mead or "honey beer"

    I'm confused too. The yeast is WLP720, called "Sweet Mead/Wine" yeast, but the bottle says Sweet Mead/Champagne yeast. We'll see what happens, right now not much!
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    Brewing mead or "honey beer"

    Sorry, I checked the White Labs yeast bottle, it was Sweet Mead/Champagne yeast, so I guess it is champagne yeast after all. It's been brewing for 3-4 days now, no active head on top, and modest bubble activity in the airlock. Odd, all my ales have a huge head by the 2nd day. This stuff is...
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    Brewing mead or "honey beer"

    I won't repeat his mistakes, but for 5 cents per quart or less (his cost) he didn't care what it tasted like. Me, I want good beer!
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    Brewing mead or "honey beer"

    Well my "sweet mead" yeast is working today, ready for the brew day tomorrow. I appreciate all the lively contributions, it was fun - and educational. I have committed to the HBS raspberry extract flavoring, all I want is the hint of raspberry. I got it in a 4 oz bottle from Beer Beer & More...
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    Brewing mead or "honey beer"

    So it sounds like I won't be making true mead, but will be making a type of hop-free ale with honey as the base sugar. At least that's what I want to do. Very good advice, I won't boil more than a minute or so to kill the baddies, cool and pitch. I like the idea of adding the flavoring at...
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    Brewing mead or "honey beer"

    I need some help. I've been brewing for a year now with great success using the partial mash method. Good beer, everyone loves it. I wanted to make some holiday brew that was mildly sweet and raspberry flavored. I figured I could make it just like homebrew, but instead of grains and DME, I...
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    Strange problem in my brew today - help!

    More on my gunk in the wort problem. . . no water change. I use our Seattle water, which we have a lot of, very soft and excellent for good brews. So, no change there. I threw the darned DME bags away, and didn't keep the receipts. My HBS usually sells me Cooper if the DME is barley malt...
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    Strange problem in my brew today - help!

    Thanks for the suggestions. I did add the DME to a cooler wort than I usually do. I usually start adding just before the boil, or at the first boil, this time I added right after the grain steep at about 158 degrees. I won't do that again, just in case. No wheat in the DME, all light...
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    Strange problem in my brew today - help!

    I need some help! I'm on my 10th batch, all have been successful so far. I use partial grain recipes. Well, today I steeped the grains as usual and the result looked fine. Then I added 7 lbs of light, unhopped DME which seemed to disolve just fine. I brought it to the boil, and started to...
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    Check this out

    Thanks, I needed a laugh! I woke up this morning to oatmeal stout all over the dining room (ruined carpet). I had used a carboy to ferment (I normally use my fermenter) but wanted to make two brews this weekend. Overnight the stout blew off the bubbler, foamed over and put a permanent...
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    Finally, labels for my beer.

    And I thought I was the only one that makes labels for his brew! Yours are great! I like the consistent look, which is important to me. I have a ribbon banner on each one with month and year of brew and the statement "Hand Crafted by Fred" With root beer it is "Hand Crafted by Grampa", then...
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