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    (B.E.E.R. Act) Contact your U.S. rep!

    A bill to reduce the taxes on alcohol? Yeah right. Alcohol and tobacco are the first things the Feds go after when they want to increase taxes.
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    Judging my 1st competition

    Not to hijack the thread but I had a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye a few weeks ago. Wow! I would highly suggest this beer.
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    Judging my 1st competition

    I find the Specialty category interesting. I mean, as a judge, if the beer simply does not belong in any other style than it's technically 100% accurate in terms of the Specialty style right?
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    BJCP Exam Tips - LONG post

    Thanks a lot. I printed out most of the stuff from the bjcp website. I also got in contact with an LHBS that will be running classes before the exam in February. Hopefully I'll be able to learn the off flavors in this class as this is the only thing I'm not really sure how to study for.
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    BJCP Exam Tips - LONG post

    I'm thinking about studying for the exam and taking it come February when it's around me. By the way, a lot of the links in the original post here are no longer working. I think the BJCP changed the website a little bit. Just wanted to let you know.
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    Pitching Rate

    Well the vessel I currently have can only hold a little over 1.5 liters with enough headroom for some krausen so I made a starter with that earlier. It's been in there for 4 hours and the airlock is already chugging along. It may not be up to Mr. Malty's standards but it's going to have to do.
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    Pitching Rate

    I usually wash all of my yeast after every beer which leaves me with a lot of slurry. I make a small starter just to "wake up" the yeast I've saved and I've always had great success. This is a new strain I'm using (pacman) that's why I need a big starter.
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    Pitching Rate

    I was thinking about one of those big glass wine jugs. I think Carlo Rossi is the brand. Maybe my dad has one laying around somewhere.
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    Pitching Rate

    Sigh. I guess I knew the answer before asking. I'm going to have to find something quick that can become a 1 gallon starter vessel.
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    Pitching Rate

    I'm brewing up an IPA on Saturday and I'm going to get a starter going tonight. I've already smacked the Wyeast smackpack to get it going a bit. The expected OG of the IPA is 1.067. According to the Mr. Malty Pitching Rate Calculator it says I should have a starter of around 3.45 liters...
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    Fermentation Temperature Woes

    I may go with this method. I have plastic fermenters so I think it would be difficult to use the shirt technique. Thanks.
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    Fermentation Temperature Woes

    I just moved into a new house so I decided to run a little experiment in the basement (A.K.A. New Cellar). I put a gallon of water down there a few days ago and took the temperature today. The water was at 74 degrees. Not good. I'd like to ferment anywhere between 60 and 70 degrees. So...
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    To Rack And Dry-Hop The 60 Minute IPA, Or Not

    My thoughts as well. I used Safale US-05. The thing is, when I've used this yeast before I've had complete fermentation in under 72 hours. Temperatures have been the same as well so this one is perplexing me.
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    To Rack And Dry-Hop The 60 Minute IPA, Or Not

    I brewed up the 60 Minute IPA recipe last Monday and it's been sitting in the primary for 9 days now. I'm still getting significant bubbling (about 2-3 per minute). So I'm wondering, is it even worth taking a hydrometer reading tomorrow (day 10) or should I just wait until the bubbling has...
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    Poor Yeast Performance?

    Whitelabs says it's Irish Ale yeast has an attenuation of 69-74% which, if I understand it correctly, means the yeast should convert between 69-74% of the sugars in your wort to alcohol. So if you started with an OG of 1.082 you would do (or how I do it): 82 x (1 - .74) = 21.32 82 x (1 -...
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    Poor Yeast Performance?

    That Irish ale yeast is a real monster. I pitched it on a 1.082 stout a while back and it completely fermented out in under 48 hours. If I were you I would plug in my ingredients to get a guesstimation on what the OG should have been. Then take a reading and see if you've hit the proper...
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    Baby in July/August - what to brew

    Something with caffeine in it. You're going to need it. Congratulations.
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    Wort Chiller Water Usage?

    I have an idea for the usage of all the water that comes out of the wort chiller when I'm cooling. I was thinking of putting the output hose into a bucket with some oxyclean and my bottles that need to be de-labeled. At least this way all that water serves some purpose. My only concern is...
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    Santa Bought Me The Parts...

    I didn't even need pliers (but I do have hulk like strength). I just held the inside and turned the outside part. I believe it was counter-clockwise. It just screws right off.
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    Dead Guy Ale Yeast Culturing

    I love win-win situations.
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