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    Birthday Tap Handle

    Hello fellow Home brewers, I want to get my friend a custom Tap handle with his Initials in it, for his birthday. I was hoping this wonderful community can give me some suggestions where to look. If i was a better craftsman i would try and make one myself, but most of my DIY projects have...
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    Stick with extract for fun and beer

    I moved out of my parents house (where i had the room to do AG) into an apartment. I have been enjoying the simplicity and ease of extract brewing, but i still miss my mash tun sometimes.
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    Label Critique

    I love it.
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    5 1 gallon batch suggestions for a stout

    Which peppers you choose and how much, and for how long all effect spiciness. I say, guess, and then see how you like it. Adjust from there.
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    5 1 gallon batch suggestions for a stout

    I used a half ounce of peppers, one whole vanila bean, and one stick of cinnamon. As for steaming the peppers, i didn't but should have. it just makes sure there are no freeloaders (wild yeast and bacteria) that are gonna get to the beer. I think just steam them like vegetables. Put them in a...
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    how long will my beer keep

    But what about freshness of hop aroma and flavor? isn't that what makes wet hopped ales so amazing? A beer recently brewed, though the sugars and alcohols might still develop, will have a tremendous hop profile.
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    5 1 gallon batch suggestions for a stout

    I did this with my stout recipe i have been working on. I used one type of chili in one (Ancho), then another type of chili in another, cinnamon and vanilla in one, and then a mix of the two peppers. Left one gallon of just stout for a control batch. I didn't steam the peppers or other...
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    Noob questions: Chiller and Yeast Nutrient

    very helpful . Thanks. Gonna go with bucket of water and ice. Labor intensive and it will hopefully motivate me to finish building my immersion chiller. I just wish i was better at soldering/ got the right size piping from home depot.
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    Noob questions: Chiller and Yeast Nutrient

    In the past i have covered it and left it out over night. I have had some bret infections also. Is that a possible cause?
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    Noob questions: Chiller and Yeast Nutrient

    Brewing a Brown Ale right now with 1332 northwest. Its an all grain batch. 1) should i add yeast nutrient? i dont have my local water information, but since its an all grain batch, and i dont have many adjuncts, there should be plenty of FAN. Would adding yeast nutrient help/hurt? If it...
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    A german guy walks into the bar...

    I'm not a hefe man myself. What's an altbier?
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    A german guy walks into the bar...

    That was really what tickled me about the whole interaction. He was ordering light lagers, and complaining about light lagers. which reminds me...Are there any German ales? I have been to a few german beer halls, and it seems like they are all lagers, with an occasional whit. I enjoy...
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    Equipment upgrade

    I agree. Yeast starters will improve the beer a whole bunch. There is a great DIY stirplate thread. For ~30 bucks, you can make one, and its a fun project.
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    A german guy walks into the bar...

    I was hanging out at a bar in NYC waiting for my date to arrive, and enjoying a brooklyn lager. While i'm there, a german fellow comes to the bar to order another round of beers for him and his friends. On tap was brooklyn lager, brooklyn winter, magic hat #9, stela, guiness, and sixpoint sweet...
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    Equipment upgrade

    I do all grain batches, and order my grain from northernbrewer. Each shipment, they throw in the catalog. I have a 7 gal brew pot, but i fantasize about having a 15 gal pot with a false bottom, spiget, sight glass, and thermometer. The point i'm trying to make, is go middle ground. Dont get...
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    Strong Bitter Common Room ESB

    I just cracked open a bottle of my second batch of this. I think it might be one of my best ever. Creamy head, fantastic lace, smooth and full bodied, with a nice bitter note towards the end. I would have been happy with more aromas up front, but it might get there with some age. I used special...
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    A few things on my mind...

    I do all grain. so the extract is not an issue. Will for sure leave the brew in the primary for longer next time. As for the priming, i do the same thing, and get very inconsitant results. But i appreciate all the feedback. Is there a way to limit oxidation without going to CO2?
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    A few things on my mind...

    I have been having horrible luck with my past few batches. I think sometime in may was the last time i made a batch of beer i loved. One of the main problems i seem to be having is an off flavor, kinda like cardboard/paper/nasty funk. Is this flavor from aldehydes? I ferment in true brew...
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    Large Giveaway - Fermenter, Mash Paddles, Thermapen

    Username: avibayer on cityprofile.
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    Mapping yeast mutations?

    Ni, any suggestions for a place to find journal articles on MALx genes? My school has a ton of subscriptions. Being in the business, thought you might be able to point an aspiring researcher in the right direction.
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