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    Very bitter taste in Mango Blonde

    Hi guys, I know, I know. Mango beer is bleh, sometimes. A couple of years back, a friend had asked me to brew him a mango beer for a party. I took it as a personal challenge and brewed him a mango blonde. The beer turned out quite good, lots of people liked it. For my taste, I felt the mango...
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    Quick secondary regulator question

    Hey guys, I have not used secondary regulators before and have a quick conceptual question. Say I have several secondary regulators in line fed from one primary regulator. Say the primary regulator is at 35 psi. Now lets say the first secondary regulator in line is set at 20 psi. Does a...
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    CO2 manifold for large system question

    I need to set up a large draft system of 25-30 taps. All manifolds I've seen online don't seem to go higher than 9 outlets. All I can think of is removing the cap at the opposite end of the manifold and joining it to another one with a nipple or piece of hose. Is this the correct way to do it...
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    Keezer dimensions question

    Hello All, I have a question that's been in my mind for a while. I am building a keezer out of a chest freezer that can tightly fit 3 1/6 barrel kegs. This means the kegs will be in contact against each other and against the walls of the freezer. I am using a temperature controller...
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    Adding airlock pressure to retain esters?

    Was having a chat with a brew master at a local brewery. Mind you, he is over 60, studied the craft in Germany and is very "old school". He said that airlocks should always be set at a regulated pressure (say 15 psi) as letting gas freely leave the vessel leads to esters and characteristic...
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    Manual kegging from brite tank question

    I have a brite beer tank with a butterfly valve that has an ID of 32mm (1.26"). I have a manual counter-pressure keg filler with a liquid in tailpiece diameter of 1/2". How do I make the adjustment to connect the tank valve to my liquid line in? Also, if I remember correctly, decreasing...
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    Counter-pressure filling of sanke/petainerkeg

    Hello All, I'm getting several petainerkegs soon and I'm having a bit of a problem understanding the filling process. As a reference, I'm using the following video: http://youtu.be/9mhsuoMZhGg As far as I understand, this is how it works: -I will have my gas cylinder connect, via a regulator...
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    Is this IPA going to turn out disguntingly sweet?

    My LHBS didn't have any Munich or Carapils, which are essential parts of an IPA recipe of mine that has worked quite well. For this attempt, I wanted to raise the body, head retention and mouthfeel a bit. Without Munich or Carapils, I had to improvise, and I think I went overboard with the...
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    2013 Crop Hops?

    I came across some bulk hops at a good price. They're 2013 crop. That means they were grown from 2013 and harvested in 2014, right? Any disadvantages to using these hops if they're pellets in nitrogen flushed bags? Thanks guys
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    Getting prominent yeasty flavors in my wheat bees/comments on my recipe

    *can't edit the "bees" out of the title, haha. Sorry. Hey guys, Several months ago I brewed a weisbier which I thought was quite yeasty. I attributed this to my grain bill being about 85% malted wheat I recently brewed a 5 gallon dunkelweisen batch as follows: 4.4 lb 2-row pale malt 4 lb...
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    Info on PubKegs (PET kegs)?

    Hello All, I've been doing some research and I'm trying to find more information on plastic 1/6 kegs (www.pubkeg.com). I'm aware of the fact that a couple of kegs from a different manufacturer once exploded while on the brewery's cleaning equipment. However, these kegs claim to come sanitized...
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    Broken keezer? Help??

    A couple of months ago I built a keezer out of a chest freezer, by adding a wood collar, as many have, and a single tap for now. I set my temperature control via a STC-1000 (I only wired the cooling part). I set my keezer to serve my keg and hold some bottles to 38F via the controller and it had...
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    Burner advice

    I currently make my beer in my gas stove, which barely manages to get 7gallons of wort to a boil in almost an hour and doesn't maintain a strong rolling boil. I have a chance to buy the burner in the picture for really cheap (about $50). My question is, is it worth it, would it be an upgrade...
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    Lager yeast pitching temp

    I'm getting ready to brew my first lager this weekend. I built a fermentation chamber/keezer out of a chest freezer and a temperature controller, as many of you have, which will allows me to bring down and control my fermentation temperatures. My question is, after I cool down my wort to room...
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    STC-1000 diagram for only cooling?

    This would be my first electric work, but it seems simple enough to follow. However, I only want to hook up a female side of an extension cord to the cooling side of the controller (not hook up the hot side). Does anyone have a diagram/explanation for this one? Thanks! edit: I browsed through...
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    A few kegging questions regarding CO2

    Hello you all. I'm new to kegging (just kegged my first batch yesterday) and had a few questions. Tried to search for answers in the stickies but I haven't been able to find them. -Air pressure inside the keg: Lets say, as an example, I set my regulator at 30psi to force carb a wheat beer...
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    Dumb question: Do you sanitize your gas lines before filling up a new keg?

    I'm building a keezer, I already have all the parts and am finishing up the collar. Before filling up a keg, I plan on filling it up with sanitizing solution, hooking it up to the CO2 set up at serving pressure, and letting some of the sanitizer solution run through my liquid line through the...
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    Is this an infection?

    1. I've been having this recurring thing happen to my beers. On the surface of the head of a poured beer, I'll get small mounds of foam, not sure if you can tell by the attached picture. Maybe they are larger bubbles surrounded by smaller bubbles but I don't recall seeing this in commercial...
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    What are the disadvantages of a weak boil?

    Lets say the heater doesn't provide much BTUs, but is able to take a 6 gallon wort to break a boil, but when leaving the lid off will slow down to a weak boil. Besides longer boiling times or adjusted pre-boil volumes (I adjusted my beersmith equipment to boil-off 0.25gal per hour) what are...
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    Too late to dry hop?

    I have an IPA that has been in ny fermenting bucket for almost three weeks. I'm getting this urge to dry hop it to get some more aromatics. Can this be done still and is it recommended? Will it have a chance to do anything if I plan to bottle it this weekend? Also, is 1oz of a medium AA hop...
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