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    Building first AG System Specs Needs Review

    I am building my first all grain system or more like putting one together. I started a list of everything I believe I will need and each items cost. I want to make sure I have the system mapped out before I make any purchases. I am going with a gravity fed system with a Blichman Top Tier with a...
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    Need New All Grain System, Have $2500 Budget

    Hey guys! So Hurricane Sandy hit me pretty hard last week. I lost all of my brewing equipment that was in my basement which completely flooded. The only thing that I saved was a plate chiller and a 5 gallon glass carboy that happened to be on my first floor. I started out brewing extract and...
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    First Cage and Cork - Cork to tight to remove

    First cage and cork, did a Belgium strong ale, bottle conditioned for about 8 weeks and when i tried my first bottle i couldn't get the cork out. I ended up having to use a combination of a wine opener, hand towel and two arms two legs to pop the cork out. I thought i did everything right, cork...
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    Quick Bottle Conditioning Temperature

    I bottled two cases of a Belgium dark ale as well as two cases of an barley wine beer about 3 weeks ago and placed in my basement. my basement is holding at about 56 Fahrenheit. From what I can tell by moving the bottles around and holding up to the light there does not seem too be much...
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    What Brewery Should I Visit? Irvine, CA

    So I will be flying out tomorrow morning to Irvine, CA from Philadelphia. I will be staying in Irvine for 8 night and while I am out there I need to get my beer fix! So...Any Suggestions? All I got so far is that Stone brewing is 60 miles South of Irvine. Maybe if I get the time. Anything...
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    Can you leave in Primary too long?

    I have an imperial stout that has been in the primary for 13 days today, 7/18/2010 and needs to go into a secondary. only problem is my secondary is only a 5g and I had an 6g yield, so in order not to wast i just ordered a 6g glass carboy should ship tomorrow. Am I ok to wait a few extra...
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    Is it still good to drink?

    :mug: Last weekend, 7/5 to be exact I brewed a Imperial Stout Extract Kit from Midwest supplies. All went well, only thing different that I did was I used 6 gallons to start the boil and due to the 102F outside temp and being able to literally sip the propane, I was able to keep a nice low...
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    HOUBLONMONSTRE TRIPEL IPA Conditioning Temperatures

    Just brewed the HOUBLONMONSTRE TRIPEL IPA kit from Norther Brewer last Saturday. I had a crazy fermentation that lasted almost a week then slowed the past few days. OG 1.072, took a reading this morning at 1.01 and decided to go to secondary just a few hours ago. Here is my question. I used...
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    Incubator for Carboy - Fermenting in the Winter?

    I live in the Philly suburbs and as winter is itching closer my brewery "small corner in my basement" is starting to catch a chill! I live in a somewhat older larger home that get very cold in the winter. My basement will likely sit around 58 in the dead on winter especially were i hope to...
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    Bottle Conditioning Temperatures

    So about 2 weeks ago I bottled my second batch, I did an Double IPA, I yielded almost 2 cases. I stored in my basement on a shelf for one week. This past weekend, I wanted to pop open a beer to see how the carbonation was coming along and what do you know, it was completely flat! :mad: Just as...
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    Bottling Day! How to filter dry hopping sediment?

    Tomorrow that's special time of the month! My second bottling day! For my second brew I went with a Double IPA from Midwest, Hop Head Double IPA. I kept in primary for 2 weeks then racked on top of cascade hops in a muslin bag into a secondary for 2 weeks. The secondary certainly cleared up...
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    Dry Hopping/Filtering Beer Question

    Being my second time brewing beer and my first time going into a secondary I really noticed how much this helped clear the beer up and discard the sediment versus my first batch. However, I noticed a few issue/questions that I am not sure how to approach. 1. The muslin bag full of hops...
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    How Long should I Keep in Primary?

    Hey guys, This past Saturday I brewed my second batch of beer. I went with the Hop Head Double IPA from midwest supplies. The brewing went well, I followed all the directions and learned what i could from my first batch of beer, which is still bottle conditioning. I racked the 5g batch...
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    Can You Add Sugars to Increase Alcohol after Wort is in Fermentation Tank?

    This is more of a curious question..... I am getting ready to bottle my first homebrew. I used an ipa kit from brewers best. I brewed the batch last Sunday 9/13, the next morning on Monday the fermentation was going crazy, last night it slowed down and this morning it seems to have have...
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    Brewed First IPA, OG Lower than Beer Kit said it should be

    Hello Folks! I brewed my first beer this past Sunday. I went with an IPA kit from brewers best. I did my research, internalized all the tips I could from this site and followed the directions exactly. After I cooled the wort and siphoned into my fermentation carboy, I did an Starting Gravity...
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