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    saison Brett

    So I made my first sour saison with a sour mash and Brett added to the secondary. My question is, I now have a pellicle, will I ruin my beer by trying it before the pellicle f falls? I don't want to age itr forever, am I good to try and drink at will?
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    Flavor Bombs!?

    Grand Canyon Brewing introduced in-bottle plastic vessels called “flavor bombs” in December This week’s acclamation goes out to the Flavor Bomb, an invention from Grand Canyon Brewing Co. in Williams, Ariz. Sent to shelves in December, these tiny plastic vessels are made to be stuffed with...
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    craft brewer acting illegally in Chicago!?

    So Greg Koch of stone brewing said on Twitter that there is a large craft brewery in Chicago participating in illegal/unethical things in Chicago. My first thoughts are who, what, how and why. Is it goose island? Is it laguintas? What are they doing? How does Greg know and why? What are you...
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    effects of mash pH

    I'd thought I would put this story out here for others to benefit from. So I moved a year ago to a place with extremely soft water. I thought, great!, I'll make a bunch of pilsners and other light beers. Well after about six months of beers that came out with a weird lingering bitterness I...
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    Keezer (Compressor?) Problem

    So my trusty keezer is finally starting to crap the proverbial bed on me. I came home from work this morning (working night shift) wanting nothing more than I cold draught home brew. I pull a pint and much to my surprise it is pee warm. Like warmer than the outside hot. Basically my chest...
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    Learning Spanish

    So the girlfriend and I have decided to learn Spanish. With the up coming release of duolingo, a couple Spanish learning books I should be good from a traditional book learning sense. What we want to do though is begin conversing at home in Spanish as much as possible and when we watch TV or...
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    Entering Comp. Beer in wrong Cat.: Unethical?

    So i just moved an IPA I brewed from primary to secondary and it is fantastic! I am extremely proud of it and will probably polish off the keg in a week. I would like to enter it into a competition, but thats where the problem is. I used WL German Bock yeast and therefore it is not...
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    Google ad bombs

    Is anyone else extremely frustrated with googles ad tatics? I feel like they just recently changed it so the ads will pop up a couple seconds after the search results appear just when I am about to click on the result I want but instead I click on some craptastic ad link instead. Its making me...
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    Tick head stuck in puppy

    So we took our new puppies out hiking on Friday the 13th and checked them good (or at least I thought) for ticks. Wound up finding one on our lab puppy tonight behind his ear. I attempted to pull it, messed up, squeezed the ticks body and left part of the head behind (all no no's when removing a...
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    Night Shift

    Just got done working a twelve and decided to have my weekly martini chased down by a couple beers. Anyone else work nights and feel/look like a totally alcoholic when you go to the local brunch place after working all night and youre the only one drinking scotch neat? Bleh maybe just me, but...
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    Diacetyl Production

    I have a brew brain teaser (at least to me) and could use your help figuring this out. I had a double brew day the other day and brewed two batches of beer with completely different recipes. one a pale ale with store bought hops and one a red ale with some homegrown fresh hops. I made five...
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    Hopped whisky

    So I was sitting around at work daydreaming about booze when I thought, some whiskies are all malt, some beers are all malt, why not hop whisky!? It could be infused in the same manner as gin, but I think for taste test purposes I will try dry hopping some. Recommendations on an all malt whisky...
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    beer tower tarnished

    I was browsing craigslist the other day and came across this beauty for only $125: Yes that's right, an all brass four tap beer tower complete with four brass perlick faucets and four BMC beer handles. My problem it is tarnished and I have never owned anything brass in my life. What you...
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    Gaming PC Advice

    Looking to get myself a new gaming PC. I prefer a desktop, and am willing to spend 1.5k total (i need a monitor also). I dont have any computer right now, and since i spend most of my PC time playing games I was hoping to get some advice. I havent bought a computer in a long time, and with...
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    Moving to albany

    So I am moving to Albany new york in two weeks.... For those of you that live there or around there, hows the beer scene? Any good home brew clubs to join? What local breweries and brew pubs do you reccomend? Also, I am big into hiking and camping... I assume I won't be disappointed with the...
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    Reducing phenols in a weizen yeast

    This may seem like a weird request, but what I would like to do reduce the amount of phenols present in a hybrid german style wheat I am working on without negatively affecting the banana like esters that come from a traditional German weizen yeast. Personally I don't really enjoy that clove...
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    S. pastorianus versus S. uvarum (lager yeast)

    Anybody have any experience with S. uvarum? How does it compare to S. pastorianus, both in final product taste and fermentation requirements? I realize they are both bottom fermenting yeast other than that I have not been able to find too much on S. uvarum. I saw that S. uvarum has an...
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    Creating a New Yeast Strain

    After finishing the book differentiate or die, I thought what better way to differentiate my homebrew than with my own, self created, proprietary yeast strain. The problem is, i have no idea how to do this, short of using the same yeast over and over to create mutations and then manual select...
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    Crewing with Candida

    I know people brew with Brettanomyces, and Saccharomyces is a given, however has anyone ever attempted to brew with Candida? I know some species of Candida might not give the most ideal results, but what about Candida tropicalis? I know from personal experience C. tropicalis smells very...
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    55 gallon brew day

    Well the idea started when the homebrew club I am in happened to inherit an old whiskey barrel that was then used as a wine barrel by a member's uncle. Anyway he passed away, so we got the barrel. It has been used for whiskey and wine, and now we wanted to do a beer in it. So the idea was...
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