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    Dark Cider

    As part of a homeschool project, my son baked some corn bread thing with molasses in it. I enjoyed it with a pint of Edwort's Apfelwein, and it was an AWESOME combo. This latest batch of Aplfelwein I made, I put the rest of the molasses in the fermenter with the regular recipe, and I an just...
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    Drew my first ever draft of my own beer today

    After whatsitbeen ... 8 years of brewing? I finally kegged a batch of my Nice To Wheat You Ale last week. Two questions. The Keg Charger says "Never attach ball/pin valve to charger first!" So, I put the valve on the keg ... and all of the gas leaks out. I think "that's OK" because I am...
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    Exactly what kegging equipment do I need if I am naturally carbonating my beer?

    I am making a wheat beer for a conference in January, and I wanted to naturally carb it (add 3/4 cup of corn sugar and leave it for three weeks) in a keg. It just isn't clear to me what equipment I need and don't need. Clearly I need a keg. Ball lock. That's cool. Clearly I don't need a...
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    I have stopped adding priming sugar when I bottle

    Two batches in a row - an IPA and some Apfelwein - I forgot to put in the priming sugar. Just plain forgot. the IPA I didn't even move it to a bottling bucket. I just stuck the pump in and started bottling. :drunk: You know what? I liked how they turned out. Now, I'll admit I like...
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    Oaked pale ale still cloudy after 3 weeks in secondary

    I brewed a partial mash IPA with the usual stuff, and tossed 2 oz of vodka soaked french oak chips into the primary (usually use secondary). After two weeks of fermentation (air is on) it was really cloudy, so I moved it to secondary. Three weeks later, it is still just as cloudy...
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    Grozet and Red Currants and Beer oh my!

    I bought my parents' house last year, and they have a big, amazing Gooseberry bush. I thought I would brew a Grozet. I can't really find a recipe - do I just crush up a bunch of berries and add them to a wheat base boil? (I am an extract brewer.) Additionally, we have a red currant bush...
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    Brewing 'leftover beer'

    After a recent binge of brewing, I have a fine selection of leftover hops, extract and steeping grains in my collection. I have been going with Revvy s comment once that the base extract and yeast matter less than the steeping grains and hop selection, and so most of my recipes have been based...
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    Help me design my Brewery

    So I bought my father's house, which is 3700 square foot ranch on 5 acres - amazing beautiful place off of the Darby Creek. We have been working on it for a while (only 15 years old) and it is getting right comfy. So, for Christmas, SWMBO cleaned out one of the two large storage areas for...
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    Apparently, a little balsamic vinegar helps the Budweiser go down.

    From this article: http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/life/don-t-fall-for-these-sneaky-marketing-tricks-while-you-re-shopping-544635/ "A group of MIT students tasted two different beers, and then choose to get a free pint of one of the brews. Brew A was Budweiser. Brew B was Budweiser, plus 2...
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    Oaked IPA looks like it caught something

    So I took the IPA recipe from that homebrew recipe book that AHA sent out with new memberships, and oaked it. OG was 1.060. 1 week in primary with the oak. 2 weeks in secondary (it's down to 1.010) and now there is a light white ring around the inside of the Better Bottle and little piles of...
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    Keeping Yeast

    So the owner of my LHBS (Roger Gentile - great guy) ordered me three vials of White Labs pitchable Sake yeast, and I bought all three of them, in case I needed them. Well, I didn't and now I have two vials that are set to 'expire' on the 26th of next month. I know that yeast is tougher than...
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    Those Germans can drink

    Epic Rube Goldberg machine with beer (and Bombay Sapphire) bottles. Warsteiner, I think. Anyway. YouTube - Caféen? Domino Enjoy. S
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    Good Night In Mexico at 1.020 FG?

    So I am brewing Charlie's Good Night in Mexico recipe, which is a Negra Modelo clone. OG was 1.038 which is a little low and after fermenting with VERY little bubbling for a week, the FG has been pretty consistent at 1.020 for three days. What would YOU do? I was going to rack it and lager it...
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    Want to start making some neat beer. Suggestions?

    So I have brewed probably 40 batches of wheat, IPA, and stout. Got those down. I was going to go to all grain next, but instead I think I want to learn some neat recipies. Now, I am one of those who goes to a coffee shop and orders coffee. No, no cream thanks. Flavor? Mmmm, coffee...
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    The theory behind lagering

    So, in a drunken haze, I brewed a half-remembered partial-mash recipe from a magazine in my LHBS that uses a lager yeast, since I now have a fridge. (Yay!) I don't remember the exact recipe but it was simple - 7 lbs of ultralight malt, 1 lb of crystal 15, yada yada. Anyway, for some reason...