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    Spike Fermenter users... Lil help?

    Hi all... I am in the market to upgrade my equipment and I think I have settled on Spike. I am looking at the Flex+ vs. the CF10. In an effort to save money, I think that my purchase will be the flex+. I have a refrigerator which (I according to how I measured....), will fit the flex+. This...
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    Dry hopping without cold crashing?

    Greetings, So I am in a bit of a pickle. I am about to dry hop my latest batch but see that my old refrigerator no longer works. I have no place to cold crash the beer once dry hopping is complete. Here's the question: Without using bags or any other item to store the hops, (my process limits...
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    For Sale Ss Brewtech Chronical BME 7g Chicagoland area

    I would like to sell my Ss Brewtech Chronical. The system is the brew master edition with FTSS cooling and heating abilities and pump. The chiller coil is side-mounted. There is an extra sample port attachment with extra o-rings, 2) neoprene jackets and extender legs. I am a modest brewer and...
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    SS Brewtech Chronical issues

    greetings....for Christmas I recieved a 7 gallon chronical bme fermenter. I cleaned the equipment with TSP per instructions. I put everything together for a leak test. Despite my greatest efforts, I can not seem to properly seal the sample port. It leaks from under the port.... not the port...
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    Step Starter issue

    So I've done multiple starters before, but this is the first step starter 'm doing. I am using Wyeast 1028 had a liter starter with an estimated starting gravity of 1.037. Let it spin for 24 hours. I decanted and started step 2. For giggles, I checked the gravity of the decanted wort and it was...
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    Brown Ale advice

    So I am planning a brown ale, a style that I have never made before but have recently consumed. They were very flavorful and complex. I am looking for sweet chocolate notes with some complexity. I like the idea of having a nutty flavor too, and smooth mouthfeel. I have developed the following...
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    Mandarina Bavarian Hops.... and...?

    Hey- I'm doing an IPA tomorrow and I have a pound of the Mandarina hops. This is a 10 gallon batch, and I love juicy IPAs. My plan was to pair these with Amarillo or Mosaic or both. I have Citra too. my plan is to do two total pounds of hops on brew day. I want the orangey flavor. However...
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    Contamination over-thinking

    So I am planning a brew day this weekend and was going to do a stout. According to the calculators, I needed to do a 2 step starter. I usually do a starter in a 1500ml pitcher, however I ordered a 2000ml flask which was to be delivered today. Knowing this, I did my first step starter in the...
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    Inkbird IHC-230 help

    So I got me an Inkbird IHC-230 to regulate the temperature in my new keezer I am building. I have read the somewhat poorly worded directions, set it up, but the freezer would not turn off when it reached the desired temperature. I monkeyed around with it a bit and tried to follow the...
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    split batch

    So, I have a new 10 gallon brew system. I plan on doing a batch soon but I wanted to split the 10 gallon batch into two 5 gallons batches. I was planning on taking the first five gallons, chill it with my plate chiller, as I transfer it to the fermenter. This batch will have lager yeast...
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    Illinois Wheaton, illinois ale fest.

    I have two tickets for the 2016 Wheaton Ale Fest which is being held on August 6 from 1-4:30. For both tickets I am asking $75 or best offer, if anyone is interested. Thanks! Brew on....
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    It's good when your coworkers know you love beer

    Because it seems that whenever my coworkers go out of town, they tend to bring back a local beer from where they were. Here in Chicago, I can't get this. Isn't it awesome? Anyone else get this treatment?
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    Hop tea to lower FG??

    So, for the first time, I grossly under-pitched and as a result, a beer that started at about 1.090 has finished at 1.028. This was-and still is -supposed to be a hoppy red ale. One that has more malt flavor, but hoppy aroma. With the high FG, I have achieved an overly malty tasting beer. I...
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    Wort chiller leak

    Name says it all... The copper crimped and water from the hole in the copper got in the wort at 120*. Anyone else have this issue? I have no idea how clean the inside of the copper was.....
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    Building water from RO with EZ water. Ummm?

    So I was informed by the home office that the kitchen is open for a brew day on Friday. So, I have been reading up on chemistry and I have been working with EZ Water and want to build my own water for a hoppy IPA. As others, I am having a hard time getting that hop flavor/aroma I am in search...
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    kegged beer looks.... Dirty?

    I can’t seem to find anything on this. It seems every time I move my kegs, the beer comes out looking…. For lack of a better term….. dirty. It looks like there is dirt or grit in the beer. Not that you can see dirt or grit, but the beer itself looks like it is shadowy. I can even tell when the...
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    Ummm, I guess this is a mini-mash question...

    Ok, So I am short on beer and want to take this father’s day weekend and brew 2 - five gallon batches. To save a little time, I opted to use extract in an American IPA I plan on brewing. There are specialty grains (2 lbs Vienna, 8 oz Cara-Pils, and 1 lb Caramel 10l) that I plan on steeping. I...
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    Anti-Hero Clone Attempt

    Hi everyone, I have recently searched the interweb for a clone recipe of Revolution Anti-Hero, but to no avail. I would love to try to clone this fantastic flagship American IPA with an ABV of 6.5 and IBU at a very drinkable and smooth 70. It is sweet and citrusy, with floral and citrus nose...
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    Revolution Anti Hero Clone attempt

    Moved to Recipes/Ingredients
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    Can I add some sweet?

    Ok. My first AG was a SMaSH of Vienna and Columbus. I had no idea how efficient my system would be but since it was new to me, the efficiency was much, much lower than I hopped. My pre boil gravity was 1.040, OG of 1.042 fg 1.010. I dry hopped after fermentation then threw it in the keezer at 10...
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