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  1. J

    Slowing my sparge process

    So I’ve brewed about 4-5 beers with my set up with some pretty good success, but the only thing I always have an issue with come brew day is my sparge. I run an autosparge with 2 riptide pumps, but no matter how partial I leave the valve closed I can’t quite dial in how slow I need to sparge my...
  2. J

    NEIPA- very harsh- does not want to carbonate

    I had a rough go with this one. It was a 10 gallon NEIPA recipe dry hopped with Vic secret and citra. Had a stuck sparge with no rice hulls. Then, one of my pumps decided to go during my cooling phase and I had to do a massive ice bath that took almost an hour before I pitched. I made a good...
  3. J

    Best DIPA Recipe, and favorite hop additions

    Just looking for a really good hazy Ipa recipe, I’m not quite as experience with malts yet to put together a good grain bill. I’m looking for something resembling “Dead Wax” by foam brewers in VT. Overall though I’m just looking for a really good super hazy IPA though, so anything helps.
  4. J

    DIPA w/ Spirulina???

    My girl is a big fan of IPA’s and high ABV beers, but I’ve kind of been sowing my wild oats so to speak with lagers and other beer types. She’s been waiting for a beer to call her own though, so I want to make her a double IPA with some bite. I’ve also been reading about spirulina algae and...
  5. J

    Frozen wort... what to do next.

    Brewed my Pilsner last Sunday. No airlock activity (not that it really matters) thought I had some good Kräusen built up on my wort until I put the flashlight on it and found out it was frozen! I pulled it out of the chest freezer I have with an inkbird temp control and am letting it thaw out...
  6. J

    First All Grain Attempt... at a Pilsner

    Soooo I might have set my sights a little too high for my first attempt. I have a lot of the information I need to make a gracious (yet probably a fail) attempt at a decoction mash. One thing I’m having a problem with is amount of strike water and sparge water I need. Anyone have any advice or...
  7. J

    Best connections for plate chilling

    I’m new to the all grain game and just got a plate chiller that I’m itching to use, but I don’t want to do a typical hose connection into my water in line. Is there a way I can put the hose water in a 60 qt. Cooler and transfer it with my pump? Or is there another alternative possibly? I have...
  8. J

    Building an all grain system.... Help!

    Trying my hand at all grain brewing. Just trying to find out what will be the best fit for me. So far I’ve built up the following equipment: 15 gallon Blichmann boilermaker (with whirlpool hook up, false bottom, and autosparge) 8 gallon brew kettle with ball valve 2x 10 gallon Rubbermaid...