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    Chocolate Grain Question

    I decided to try and brew a California Common this weekend and used the recipe from the Brewing Classic Styles book by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer. Went to my LHBS to pick up the grain and ran into an issue. The recipe called for 2 oz of pale chocolate malt (200 lovibond), but all they...
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    Back in the brew game- Keezer build

    Due to being stationed overseas for a few years, I had to give up brewing. But now that I'm back, I've decided to get back into it and finally decided to build a keezer while I'm waiting for my equipment to get in. I picked up a 6.8 cu ft chest freezer from Home Depot on Saturday for $158 and...
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    How Much Do You Boil Off?

    I just finished up my 5th AG batch and was pretty shocked at how much I boiled off during this boil. I typically boil off 1.5 gallons during a 60 min boil, but today, I boiled off 2 gallons. I go into the boil w/ 7 gallons, so I can get 5.5 into the primary. But today I actually had to use tap...
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    This kegging thing couldn't be easier!

    Today was a great day. The UPS man delivered my dual tower w/ perlicks from kegconnection today, so I got straight to kegging. This was the first batch I've ever kegged, and in fact was the first AG batch I had ever done too. I never realized how easy it was. Everything was done pretty quickly...
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    RDWHAHB or be concerned a little?

    I've had a blonde ale in the primary for 10 days and decided to take a hydro sample. I popped the lid off my bucket and removed the airlock and got my sample. I put the lid back on and went to put the airlock back in and the bung came out and into the bucket! I've had this happen before pitching...
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    Another Brew Day: Pumpkin Ale

    This is my third AG batch in the last week, and I saved the biggest one for last, my pumpkin ale. I just pulled the pumpkin from the oven (real pumpkin) and have the strike water heating up as we speak. There will be some pics to follow, but here's the receipe: 10# 2-row 2# Dark Munich .5#...
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    I'm going to have a fun weekend!

    Looks as though I'm going to have a great weekend. I have 3 brews lined up, but knowing me, I probably won't wait to start! From left to right: Edwort's Haus Ale My Pumpkin Ale My Blonde Ale These are the first 2 recipes I've attempted to come up with, and in fact, these are the...
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    Christmas Came Early!

    Well, I'm finally back after being in Afghanistan for 6.5 months. I thought I'd post a quick pic of all the stuff that was awaiting me when I got home! I forgot to throw in the 12 gal pot, but I'm sure everyone knows what a big damn pot looks like! Also, I ordered everything to make a...
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    Met some interesting people today!

    Just thought I'd post some pics of some celeb's I got to meet today! Warrick Dunn Leanne Tweeden Bradley Cooper and Don Shula I also got to meet D.B. Sweeney, but my cam died and my co-worker has the pic. I'd like to thank the USO for putting this on, and the celebs for taking...
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    First AG brew, would this work?

    So even though I still have 2 months stuck on a deployment, and my wife asked me today what I was going to brew when I get home. I asked her what she had in mind and she told me that she got a ton of fresh strawberrys from the fruit farm up the road and put some aside in the freezer *hint hint*...
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    I've Crossed Over

    Well, I've crossed over from PM to AG. Being that I'm stuck in Afghanistan for another 2.5 months, the wife and kiddos ordered me a MLT from Midwest for father's day. I didn't have the heart to tell them that I could have built one for cheaper, since the gesture was heart felt. It came in today...
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    Brew Pot Size

    I'm going AG now, and am upgrading my brew pot. I was looking at either an 8 or 10 gal pot and wanted to get some opinions on which size would be better. I'm going to be collecting 6-6.5 gal of wort to account for loss during the boil. So I guess my question is, which would be better, 8 or 10...
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    I have seen the light.......It was good

    I was an extract brewer who was always timid (most of all, didn't have the funds) about going AG. Well, being deployed to Afghanistan, I have more disposable income for the time being. As a suprise for father's day, my wife and kids did a little research and ordered me a mash tun for father's...
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    I enjoy home brewing so much that......

    i had to write a speech for my college speech class, so i decided to do it on home brewing. does that make me an addict, or just weird???
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    Question about my Kolsch

    well, it's been about 2 months since i bottled my brewer's best kolsch that tasted pretty undesirable (it had an antiseptic taste to it, as if you were chewing on band aids). i figured it may have been from not rinsing my carboy out that well after sanitizing it (i only had one step, so that's...
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    Hydrometer Question

    well, it's been a week since my american lager has been in the primary. airlock has activity every 2 minutes, so i decided to take a hydrometer reading. opened the lid and there is still a lot of krausen on top. i filled my thief and got a hydro reading of 1.002 (off the originial 1.038). i...
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    Yeast still good?

    I've been browsing the forums for a couple of weeks and decided to finally register. Yesterday, I finally got around to making a batch of american light lager I ordered from AHS and had a question concerning the yeast (White Labs American Lager Yeast). The order was shipped out on Aug. 30...
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