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    Illinois Cool Brewing swamp chiller

    Selling a Cool Brewing fermenter. Never used - straight out of the box. I happened to receive it as a gift at the same time as I received another similar model so I really don't need it. Great for fermenting for brewers who are short on space. More info on the product is here...
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    Cool Zone experience?

    Has anyone had any experience with the Cool Zone from www.inspiredbrewing.com? I'm in a 1 br. Apt in a big city and temperature control and space are my biggest issues. This looks like it may be a good solution in that it is small and looks like it can be put away easily. Thoughts...
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    Low temps for fermentation

    Need to leave town for a few days so I can't monitor fermentation temps on my Belgian Wit I just put in the fermenter. White Labs Belgian yeast--White Labs says its good 67 F. Planned to ferment in the fridge but the highest the fridge will go is 64. Temps in the house hover around 85 during...
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    Swamp Chiller temps

    Tired of buying ice to fill my bathtub with, I'm making a quick swamp chiller this weekend for a new brew. I've heard, however, that you need the temperature of the water in a swamp chiller to be lower than what you actually want to ferment at. Anyone have any methods, theories, ideas of...
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    Metallic taste

    Re iodophor: ive used starsan and and still had the metal taste. Re the water: I've had the same problem w water in two different places--buffalo ny and Ann arbor mi. I hear they're both good for water purity. I so use a Brita water filter. Would that do anything?
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    Metallic taste

    I've brewed about 8 batches, and all have a metallic flavor. Here's a few recipes I've used and had metallic taste on it. The darker the beer, the more pronounced the metallic flavor. The worst was the Pumpkin...
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    Autumn Seasonal Beer Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale (AG and Extract versions)

    Just looking for an up/down vote from folks on two issues: Spice tea or add spices at boil? Different spice mix (ginger, nutmeg, cinna., etc) or just pumpkin pie spice? And how much?
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    immersion chiller

    A question to add-on to the end here... I just made my own immersion chiller using the DIY projects section. I've tightened my compression fittings as tight as they possibly could go and the joints still leak a little bit between copper and fitting. Any suggestions??? (more of a plumbing...
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    Too Much Wort!

    Thanks for the advice. I'll try the 90 minute boil from now on. For now, I'll just have to drink 4 gallons of beer instead of 3. I have BeerSmith but am slowly learning all the in's and out's of it. Are there any tutorials or manuals to get the most out of BeerSmith...or any advice on...
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    Too Much Wort!

    No... I'm way under for my target OG. I assumed a .10 boil off rate. The pot is 5.2 gal. and is normal width for a pot that size. But I'm boiling it on a stove top so it usually takes it about 30-40 minutes to get up to a boil.
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    Too Much Wort!

    I've had this problem a couple of times--coming up with too much wort. This past weekend I did an AG Pumpkin Ale, looking to brew 3 gallons and came up with 4 gallons :( Here's the calculator I used. http://www.brew365.com/mash_sparge_water_calculator.php I boil on my stove so I may...
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    Simple Immersion Wort Chiller

    Ok...but one of my problems is that I built it and it simply leaks terribly--water spraying everywhere. I tried to tape the leaky spots but it doesn't really work and i don't want water dripping into the wort. The compression fittings are as tight as they go and I can just pull them right off...
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    Simple Immersion Wort Chiller

    OK--hoping someone can help out with a bit of a problem. I purchased the parts for the chiller, bent my copper (20', I only brew 3 gal. batches at a time) into a fancy looking coil and all, but couldn't figure out the attachments? I thought it'd be pretty self explanatory but I tried every...
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    Can beer be shipped?

    Shipping beer across state lines is illegal. That being said...if you were to do it, per say, you'd want to pack well in a bottle with lots of newspaper and packing peanuts. One might suggest using a prepackaged box from a site like liquidsolutions.biz. One might even want to put the bottles...
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    Boston Lager

    Sam Adams bills most of its recipes as an American, East Coast adaptation of a European style. So, I'd say its fair to assume tha Boston Lager is in a category of its own. I get a fair amount of caramel as well.
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    Full boil in a 5.5 gallon pot?

    If you really want a full boil, just make a smaller batch. I do 3 gal. AGs on my stovetop w/ a 5.2 gal. kettle.
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    Half size batch questions

    +1 On BeerSmith. Plug in the recipe or your own for a 5 gal. batch then convert to three to 2.5 gal. It's what I do and have had no problems. And it lets me do all grain without having a turkey fryer or jet engine to boil my wort.
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    A little help on this recipe

    You're pretty much good to go after it's cracked. You won't "boil" at 152 for an hour. You'll "mash" for 152 for an hour. But if you can get water to boil at 152 that's pretty awesome. I kid, I kid... Just bring your water temp up to about 160, get it to a point where it holds steady at...
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    Sticker strip Thermometer ?

    If your air temp is still cooler than your batch temp, just wrap a cool wash cloth around the fermenter. That should help apply some direct cooling and bring your temps down.
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