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    Filter/Strainer for Plate Chiller

    I'm looking at ordering a plate chiller but I'm waffling on whether to use a Hop Rocket as an inline filter, or spend that same money on an inline strainer from Brewer's Hardware. I'd like to go the versitle route and get a Hop Rocket, but I have doubts about its effectiveness as an inline...
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    Brewhemoth - Which Fittings

    I'm looking to order the tri clover fittings for my recently ordered brehemoth and am wondering what the best valve/set up is for the side port were I assume the beer will be pulled from to go to the keg. I'm thinking butterfly valve to hose barb but I'm wondering if the sample valve would be...
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    Brown Malt in Robust Porter?

    Is brown malt appropriate in a robust porter? I'd like to add some depth to mine and I'm thinking of adding it at about 5%. Thoughts?
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    Dry APA - Denny's 1450 or S-05

    I'm going to be brewing an APA this weekend that I'd like to be somewhat dry w/ a little malt flavor poking through the amarillo/cascade mix. It'll be about 1.050 & 34IBUs. I can reuse some of the Denny's 1450 Wyest I've got, or I can get a pack of S-04 when I head out to the brew store. I'll be...
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    From Burr to Mature ~ How long?

    I'm still getting a bunch of burrs coming in along with a bunch of mature cones. How long from Burr to mature typically? I'm hoping only a couple weeks so that I've still got a shot at harvesting them.
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    second year harvest ~ too early

    The first year I had the plants the small harvest was extremely aromatic; better than opening a fresh bag of pellets. It was amazing. The first round of hops I picked this year don't have any of that aroma at all. I'm pretty certain they were mature, but my first guess is that they weren't...
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    Built in stir-plate table

    I decided I didn't need another piece of equipment laying around so I built my stir-plate into my workbench. It's a chip circuit with an LED and on/off button. There's a hole drilled into the bench and the whole thing will be covered in hardboard. Works great, even with the board, but I'll...
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    Small beer - Need some thoughts on my recipe

    I'm looking to make a small beer with a somewhat prominent biscuit malt at the front with a toasted/slightly roasted finish. I don't want it too sweet but I'd like enough crystal to give it a slight caramel note and help with the body. I'd like the bitterness to be on the malt side of balanced...
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    Small beer - Need some thoughts on my recipe

    I'm looking to make a small beer with a somewhat prominent biscuit malt at the front with a toasted/slightly roasted finish. I don't want it too sweet but I'd like enough crystal to give it a slight caramel note and help with the body. I'd like the bitterness to be on the malt side of balanced...
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    Oops... one inch hole for weldless fitting

    I screwed up and drilled one inch hole on a keggle for the weldless fitting instead of the 7/8. I managed to use the right one for all three of mine, but the first time I drill the hole for someone else, wrong size. Crud. I didn't even realize I had a 1" hole saw.:mad: The set up still seems...
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    Perle~it's everywhere, it's no where

    A friend was putting in an order at Hops direct and asked if I wanted anything, so I ordered a pound of Perle. I felt like I had seen it in a ton of recipes and thought I'd give it a try. Now that I'm looking to stash 16 oz of the stuff into a couple of different batches, I'm not finding a whole...
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    Better Bottle Volume Question

    I had a cheat sheet to help me remember where the level for 6 gallons is on my 6 gallon better bottle, but I seem to have misplaced it. Can anyone tell me if it's 6 gallons at the crest of the shoulder, or just at the top of the second ring? Mine is currently filled otherwise I'd just...
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    Helles - Getting a nice big foamy head

    I'm going to be doing a smoked Munich helles pretty soon here and I was wondering if anyone had a recomendation on what can be done to get one of those 2 inch fuluffy white heads a lot of lagers seem to come with. Right now the grist will be about 85% base malt and 15% munich. Would a 1/2 pound...
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    Heatstick turned copper

    Has anyone ever had their heat stick turn copper? Last time I used it in the HLT the element turned mostly copper. The only difference this time around was that the element actually came into contact with the copper dip tube. I don't' know if there is some crazy science reason, but I'm a little...
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    fermenter transport - bad idea?

    For reasons I won't get into, I may need to take my batch of dark lager on a 2 hour car ride. Is it sure to be ruined? I was thinking that with all the co2 left in the fermenter, oxidation really shouldn't be too much of an issue. On the other hand, maybe the sloshing will cause a problem. If...
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    Hurricane Burner isn't cutting the mustard

    The hurricane burner I have is mounted on a homemade stand and sits about 3-3.5 inches below the keggle. I spoke with a gent at Hurricane and have drilled out the orifice for NG use. I boiled 5 gallons with no problem. With 10 gallons in the pot it barely gets to a boil w/ outside temps at...
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    APA- Hop Schedule

    I've planned a pale ale for Sunday to help clear out the older hops before the new batch arrives. I've got about 1.75 Oz. of Cascade, .5 Nugget and about 1.25 of Amarillo. Here's what I was thinking, let me know if you think the hops needs to be shuffled/repurposed. Grain Bill: about 1.048...
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    Keezer powered Fermentation Chamber

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to ferment in the new house without having to add another appliance. I've got a smallish chest freezer that fits 4 cornies or 2 buckets. What I'm thinking of doing, because my basement stays pretty cool anyway, is piping some of the air from the freezer via...
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    What style am I Looking for?

    I'm looking to brew a fairly big wintery brown ale for a Christmas party we're hosting in early Dec. I don't really want to go porter, and I'd like it a lttle on the malt side. I'm still a little green with the AG to formulate anything on my own and could use a little direction. Ideas?
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    Brew day disaster - What to do next.

    So, after spilling grain out of the mill hopper, two stuck sparges and a stuck spout on the brew kettle, the 1 liter starter I put in my 42 degree cold conditioning freezer to drop the yeast froze solid. It's a fairly well hopped trippel that will be sitting for 24 hours before I A. pitch...
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