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    Spice quantities

    I have read through quite a few posts and I find lots of talk about coriander, orange peel and ginger but quantities seem to vary a little. So if I could I would like to get thoughts on how much too add. I am making 1 1/2 gallon batches while I upgrade my equipment, going partial electric...
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    Fermentation Chamber Validation

    Quick question on ferment chamber temp control. I have thumbed through some search results on temp fluctuation and have started to question my setup. I have the typical STC-1000 in a chest freezer with a small space heater which seems to hold temps within a degree or so +/- so no complaints...
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    Curious Result

    In Jan of last year I bought and extract kit for an Irish Red, I only brewed half of it with intent to finish it up in a couple weeks. At the time I did not realize that I would be buying a house and moving, forcing the second half to wait till now. The hops and yeast have lived in the fridge...
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    Electric HLT control

    I am taking a long slow and hopefully cheap road to set for all electric and currently piecing together my HLT. Is there any reason I should NOT use an STC1000 controller on my heating element? I would think I could set the temp and let it go.
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    Any archers with extra temp controllers?

    I have Gold Tip Expedition Hunter Raw shafts, new in the package, in 3355,5575 and 7595. I am looking to get two Johnson temp controllers in good working order and reasonable aesthetic order. I would trade a half dozen shafts for each used controller. Or I would even trade a full dozen for...
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    Up the IBU

    I hope this is the right place for this; I am getting some wort from someone for a contest, we are to take the wort, give it our own flair. It's come in at 12.4 IBU and I would like to bring that up a bit to a bit over 20. I figure on doing this either by dry hopping or perhaps a hop tea. My...
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    Hop additions in a starter?

    Probably an odd question since I couldn't really find any threads on it (granted, my search skills are lacking). When making a starter, can hops be added to that for flavor and aroma in the beer? I will be entering a contest where the wort will be supplied, boiled and hopped. As near as I...
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    Temp control... for dummy (that's me)

    Ok, I have read and searched and searched and read, now that my brain is totally useless I will ask. I am installing a 2000w element in my HLT so I can save on propane. I would like to build a controller to set for a specific temp. I have found loads of schematics on here to do that, but...
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    Recycle code question again, sorry I couldn't find it

    I got out of brewing because I never liked the beer I made and ended up giving it all away to some less particular drinkers. But now I want to try again so I have to rebuild my equipment. I stopped by the local Price Chopper and grabbed some buckets from the bakery, but when washing them I...
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    Help! I didn't expect to see this.....

    This was brewed on 2-2 so we are looking at a touch over two weeks in the primary. I was getting ready to put it to the secondary when I found this under the lid. The smell is fantastic and the color and clarity under the floaters is very nice. Does this just need more primary time to let this...
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    What have I made

    So I have my first batch of beer in bottles now and just felt I had to make something else. I check numerous recipes and pondered a lot of stuff but finally decided that the best way to learn is just to jump in. Here is what I came up with (ok, BeerSmith helped) 1 gallon batch BIAB 1.75...
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    Official Member

    I am now an official member of the "Haters of Bottling" club. I guess everyone should go through it at least once but I will be sweet talking swmbo for a kegging kit soon. The volume came up pretty short only hitting 44 bottles but I think I was a little shy on the full 5 gallons to start and...
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    Yeast color

    So everything I have read about washing and keeping yeast is that when it turns the color of peanut butter, throw it out. What if it starts that color? I boiled up a gallon of wort to make a starter/farm to try and get more out of my smack pack. What you see in the pic below is what I got...
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    Move to secondary. Too early?

    No matter how much you swear you will leave it be, on your first batch I guess many just can't. That would be me. I brewed last Wednesday and watched the airlock pretty carefully. After at least two and probably three days of not activity I decided to split the difference in the directions...
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    Sigh. Not matter how prepared you think you are....

    So you read, study and swear you will not make the first timer mistakes but of course you do. I am pretty satisfied on everything on my first brew except for taking the OG. About the time I added the rehydrated yeast it hit me. So, within a couple minutes I got the sample from as deep in the...
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    Yet another noob with repetative questions

    Hi All, Sorry if this is a repeat question but I was not able to find it in searching. I am prepping to do my first batch in week or so when my equipment arrives. Since I was short sighted and did not add a test jar to my order, is there any reason not to take OG and FG directly from the brew...
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