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    New Bayou Classic burner - maybe problem?

    Hello all, Just got a new Bayou Classic LP burner. Assembled it, checked the connections with soapy water per instructions, didn't see any problems. Lit er up - seemed normal, opened the air shutter to blue flames, and kept going - once the air shutter was maybe 3/4 or a bit more open, big...
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    Looking for Braggot Advice - Hop Additions?

    Hey all, So I'm brewing up a "Killer Bee Braggot" this weekend - basically, shooting for a ~5.5% Brown Ale, will add 6lb of killer bee honey just before flameout. Thoughts on hop additions? Think it was 2 oz of ~9% AA Northern Brewer I picked up. Aim was to make a big beer and age it in...
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    New Big Green Egg Owner - tips?

    Hey all, So received a housewarming present from my in-laws - Large Big Green Egg. Looking for some good first time tips - before, mostly worked with a weber charcoal grill and an old smokey electric smoker. I don't have a platesetter yet for indirect - any recommendations on ordering one...
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    Easy weldless/solderless bulkhead for Coleman 48 qt rectangular cooler?

    Hey all, Cracked my mash tun cooler, and rebuilding a bulkhead. I have a copper pipe manifold which already fits this cooler, just want to come up with a decent bulkhead which doesn't require soldering or welding. Can anyone give me some guidance for a simple parts list? Ideally, supplied...
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    Easy weldless/solderless bulkhead for Coleman 48 qt rectangular cooler?

    Hey all, Cracked my mash tun cooler, and rebuilding a bulkhead. I have a copper pipe manifold which already fits this cooler, just want to come up with a decent bulkhead which doesn't require soldering or welding. Can anyone give me some guidance for a simple parts list? Ideally, supplied...
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    Carroll County - Here's a decent place for a CO2 fill

    Westminster Fire Extinguisher: 150 Airport Drive, Unit 10, Westminster, MD 21157 Filled my 10# tank for $12.95. My wife took it in, they filled in in 10min while she waited. Hydrostatic testing, don't know how much that costs, and isn't while you wait - next day kind of thing, they said...
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    Belgian Dubbel - can I get a critique?

    This is assuming my relatively low efficiency of about 57% (no sparge brewer): (Belgian) Pils Malt 12.375 lb Munich Malt 2.625 lb Caramunich 1.75 lb Special B 0.875 lb Dark Candi Sugar 1 lb Styrian Goldings 1.5 oz (60 min) WLP 500 Planning on dough-in at 104° for 20...
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    Moving to MD!

    Hello Marylanders, Just recently accepted a great job at JHUAPL, start Jan 26th! Seems like the homebrew and craft beer scene is pretty good out there. Wondering if I could inquire as to some of the areas to live. I had it in mind to look towards Just E of Rockville, say, to the E of Rock...
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    Wifey's Spent Grain Bread Recipe:

    Thought you all would like a spent grain bread recipe. My wife found this once I started going all-grain, and always turns out well - doesn't take much grain per loaf. Cut thick, makes GREAT sandwich bread, and is also great with some butter - we both love this bread. 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cup...
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    Reipe Critique Request:Choco-PB Porter...

    Hey All, Wondering if I can get a critique of this recipe for a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter: Starting point - Who's Your Taddy Porter from Brewing Classic Styles (Brown Porter) Assumptions and calculations based on - no sparge efficiency of 57%, desired preboil gravity 1.055...
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    Brewing thermometer, scale ideas?

    Hey all, Wifey's asking for Christmas ideas, and brewing stuff is always good. My last AG batch, 2nd time doing AG, figured I didn't have a good handle on how much volume I drained (no sparge) and questioning my kitchen thermometer I was using to monitor the mash temp. I'll make a measuring...
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    Slow leak - used the keg before:

    Hello all, So, recently got into kegging - two ball lock soda kegs off of a dual regulator, 10 lb tank. First two kegs, no pressure drop on the tank gauge. I know - it typically stays high until a rapid drop to red when you're almost out. Anyway, emptied one, cleaned/sanitized/pressurized...
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    First cider - 1 gal trial batch - too easy?

    Thought I'd try a 1 gal trial for my first cider to decide if I prefer a dry finish, still, etc, or plan to back sweeten, force carb, etc (I have a kegging setup) 1 gal treetop apple juice (pasturized with asb. acid) Nottingham's dry yeast. NOTHING else...think it was about 1.040 before...
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    Chest Freezer for lagering/kegging - FCM7SUWW???

    Hello all, This is my first post here. I've been given clearance from the missus on a chest freezer for lagering. I'd like to be able to have two fermenters - either the usual 6 gal plastic buckets or 5 gal glass carboys, with airlocks or blowoff tubes, and any combo - (2 buckets, 2...
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