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  1. jaydog2314

    Bru'n Water desired profiles = which style?

    So I've been using Bru'n water the last 4-5 brews and I am getting more and more comfortable with the Bru'n water spreadsheet but when it comes to selecting my desired water profile and looking at the options from the drop down all the historical cities I am pretty much lost. I have seen the...
  2. jaydog2314

    Black tea off flavor?

    I recently entered my pale ale that I have brewed up 4 times(5th tomorrow) into some competitions and got 2 distinct and interesting results: -1st comp, scored 37 made mini-BOS got great reviews -2nd comp about a week later scored 27 and both sheets noted heavy tea/black tea flavors and it...
  3. jaydog2314

    Dark Lord Day 2014

    Anyone get tickets today? My buddy scored us 2 for group A. I've wanted to go for years but have never made it there so this will be my first. Any tips/tricks/suggestions to fully enjoy the day?
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    Help me add malt character/complexity

    So I have brewed an Amarillo Pale Ale a few times in the last year. It was picked as best beer for my homebrew club's Jan meeting and I recently got back score sheets from a contest where it got 32.6(31-33-34). All three scores stated it was a good beer for the style but all 3 stated...
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    Did I enter my beer into the wrong category?

    So I brewed a robust porter and then added coffee and vanilla beans in the secondary. I recently shipped it off to 2 beer comp and entered it into the 12B Robust Porter category without even thinking twice. I was wondering if I should have entered it into the specialty category? Not sure why I...
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    White Labs yeast question

    Brewing a batch Friday using White Labs for the first time, been brewing a little over a year but have only used Wyeast or dry yeast. I'm well versed on starters and I am making one, my question is if there is any special procedure/technique to using White Labs vial? For Wyeast I've...
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    Illinois Sanke D Coupler

    I have a sanke coupler for sale. It is above 5-6 years old and obviously used, still in working order. I haven't used it since I started kegging homebrew and honestly see no future need for it. $20 + shipping, I can get it into a small flat rate box. PM me if interested. Thanks
  8. jaydog2314

    FT:Proprietor’s BCBS! ISO: Listed

    So I tried a buddy’s Proprietor’s BCBS and it definitely wasn't my style and I have one that I bought so instead of wasting it on me I’m looking to trade it! I know this is a HOT one for your BCBS seekers out there. Here is what I was looking for, been trying for awhile and I’m hoping this...
  9. jaydog2314

    Another CO2 tank lost, seeking help!

    So I lost a 20lb tank a few weeks back and quickly found the swivel nut attached to the 2nd regulator I just added was missing the nylon flare. So I put one of those little guys in and didn't seem to have any issues. I ended up replacing the 20lb with a 10lb due to height issues in my fridge...
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    Illinois 10-3 Wiring w/ ground & Surface Dryer Outlet

    I had hopes of going electric brewery earlier in the year and plans changed, I thought I had sold or returned everything but just found these if anyone is interested. Bought from Menards: -10-3 wiring w/ground, 2 sections, bigger section is 17 feet and smaller piece is 8 feet...
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    Tailpiece question

    I started kegging and I will be expanding from 1 tap to 2 by xmas and then to a third after the 1st of the year. I had a question about tailpieces for the faucet shank. I have a Perlick 525 and plan on buying those again. They have 3/16 bore and the first one I bought came with a 3/16...
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    Sierra Nevada

    I just wanted to share a cool experience from SN. I ordered a bunch of their(and DFH's) IPA glasses for my home brew club earlier in the year. Well yesterday I got in the mail from them a winter hat with a card that read: "As cooler weather settles in, we hope this gift will keep you warm...
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    Buying my 1st keg setup, few questions

    So I'm making the jump to kegging slowly. I have some of the stuff needed as I have an old fridge turn kegerator I used to use for "commercial" sanke kegs, with home brewing I rarely ever get "commercial" kegs. So I have a CO2 distributor/regulator and tank and gas lines. I will be replacing the...
  14. jaydog2314

    FT: Zombie Dust

    posted in the sampling and critiquing section but I have some fresh Zombie Dust to trade: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f38/ft-zombie-dust-iso-listed-434578/
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    FT: Zombie Dust, ISO: listed...

    I have 4 fresh(bottled last week) bottles of ZD looking for a few beers from some of the breweries I've been wanting to try for awhile. I've had heady, pliny, ghandi...I really would like to trade for: Hill Farmstead: any DIPA or IPA Lawson's Finest: Double Sunshine or Hopzilla Kern River...
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    Gravity after primary 1.017?

    So I had my first batch of cider in the carboy and racked it over to a clean carboy(last Friday), before racking took a sample and gravity was at 1.017, tasted great but I was under the impression from what I have read and from some advice from a few other members that the gravity should/would...
  17. jaydog2314

    FT: Simcoe Ninja & Coffee Break Abduction

    I have 2 bottles of Simcoe Ninja and 1 coffee break abduction by Pipeworks. I'm looking to trade for some good DIPAs I can't get in Chicago area. I've had heady, Pliny. Ghandi so im looking for something besides that. Not sure of any of these are in season or not : Lawsons double sunshine or...
  18. jaydog2314

    FT: Simcoe Ninja & Coffee Break Abduction

    I have 2 bottles of Simcoe Ninja and 1 coffee break abduction by Pipeworks. I'm looking to trade for some good DIPAs I can't get in Chicago area. I've had heady, Pliny. Ghandi so im looking for something besides that. Not sure of any of these are in season or not : Lawsons double sunshine or...
  19. jaydog2314

    cide nOOb question about bottling

    ok so i've been reading a lot about cider and it seems like it can be a nice quick and cheaper way to help fill/supplement the pipeline plus with fall/winter months approaching it would be nice to have. i've been reading a lot of about the recipes and processes and have a few quick questions...
  20. jaydog2314

    boil over question

    Had a nasty boil over while adding my 60 min addition. First time not using a hop bag and i just dumped them in and BAM rocketed over the top. I prob lost a quarter gallon but it has a green hop tinge to it. I don't have any extra of the bittering hop left. Just curious if this will change my...
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