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    Another yeast starter question.

    For 5 gallon batches I have been having great success with a starter recipe of 4 cups H2O, 1 cup ELDME, and one White Labs vial. I am thinking of trying out a 10 gallon batch on my next brew. My starter flask won't hold 8 cups of water. Is there any reason I can't make a starter as normal...
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    Jamil Z's Oatmeal Stout

    I brewed up a batch of Jamil Z's Quaker Oatmeal Stout. This stuff tastes and looks delicious. The one issue I have is that it has zero head retention. Halfway through the glass there isn't a single bubble on the surface. The carbonation seems fine (force carbed). Is there anything about the...
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    My Oatmeal Stout

    Damn does it taste good. A little more time on the gas and that head should be a good inch.
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    What should I make with these hops?

    I'm looking to burn some of my hop inventory before it gets too old. Here's what I have Cluster 2.25oz Hallertauer 8oz Liberty 2.7oz Pearle 1.0oz Saaz 3.5oz Tettnang 0.25oz What should I make?
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    Beersmith Question

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    Rice Hulls Questions

    I'm working up a recipe for a simple Hefe and I have some questions regarding rice hulls. I think I've answered some of these from other posts, but I'm not 100% confident I've got this right. I'll be adding 0.5 lbs of hulls to 10.5lbs of grains. Water Absorption? Rice Hulls will not absorb...
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    Bad Hops?

    I just received a shipment of hops. I have never used hop plugs before, but something doesn't seem right about these cascade hops. The one on the left looks ok, but the one on the right looks a little funky. Should I ask to send these back?
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    Dry Hopping / Alpha Acids

    Since dry hopping primarily adds aroma, do you need to adjust the amount of hops you add to the secondary if your alpha acid levels differ from the original recipe?
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    Beersmith Question

    In beersmith what do I enter for Boil volume? My first inclination was to enter my total volume prior to the boil (7.5 gal). But since I don't add the hops until there is 60 minutes left in the boil and ~6.5 gallons should I enter that for the boil volume instead? Or does beersmith use the...
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    Questions from weekend brew.

    Had great brewing session on Saturday. I have a robust porter being worked over by some hungry yeasties as we speak. As usual there are always things to change/improve. 1) Due to the cold I mashed in doors. I didn't think it through and drained into a cooler rather than my kettle. As I...
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    Robust Porter Critique

    Any suggestions before I make this tomorrow would be much appreciated. Robust Porter Brew Type: All Grain Style: Robust Porter Batch Size: 5.50 gal Boil Volume: 7.50 gal Boil Time: 90 min Brewhouse Efficiency: 71.0 % Beer Profile Estimated Original Gravity: 1.059 SG (1.048-1.065...
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    Possible Kettle Score on CL for someone in MA. A search on "stock pot stove" shows what could be a kick ass burner. They seem to be 100,000 BTU's on average and cost between $500 and $2,000 new!
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    Fermentation Temps; too cold?

    How cold is too cold for an ale? I am of the mind that unless activity stops or significantly slows due to low temps then it is warm enough. Am I wrong? I've got an IPA fermenting. I put the fermentation bucket in my igloo cooler and filled it half way with cool water. I've been putting in...
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    Wyeast 1272 Yeast Cake; what to rack on top?

    I will have a Wyeast 1272 (American Ale II) yeast cake in about 2 weeks time. I would like to rack my next brew on top of this. Any suggestions for a good AG "winter" beer? I was thinking of a stout. I guess with this yeast it would be an "American Stout"?
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    Mash and Sparge Calculations (yes again)

    I apologize up front for this question. I know it has been asked before, but I don't quite get it. I am brewing an all grain version of Denny's Rye IPA ( Total grain bill is 16.25 lbs and it calls for a single infusion mash at...
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    "Wine" equipment for beer brewing?

    I am about to pull the trigger on a craigslist find. The ad claims a 7 gal and 5 gal carboy for winemaking. I assume the carboy on the left is the 7gal. Would this shape be ok for a primary? I'm concerned the shape might shoot krausen out the top. I am also concerned that the surface of the...
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    Looking for a Chocolate Stout Recipe

    Does anyone have an all grain chocolate stout recipe that they like and are willing to share? I thought this would be a nice brew to have around come fall.
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    Strawberry Blond is Cloudy

    My strawberry blond (see my recipes) has been in a tertiary at about 38F for 4 days and shows no signs of settling. Any ideas?
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    Pectic Enzyme

    How much dry pectic enzyme should be added to 7lbs of strawberries that will be added to 5 gallons of beer?
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    Smack Pack Question

    I want to brew on Monday. My Wyeast smack pack arrives today, but I am going out of town till Sunday. Which of the following options would you suggest: 1) Smack the pack and immediately pitch the contents into a starter till Monday. 2) Smack the pack on Friday, pitch the contents into a...