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    Mead bubbling flatlined - Am I ok?

    Thanks According to the recipe's instructions the raisins, and orange, to a lesser extent, would serve as proper nutrient. Im going to follow BrewMedic's suggestions.
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    Mead bubbling flatlined - Am I ok?

    Im fermenting one gallon of my first mead. I made it on April 9th and I have had consistent yet decreasing activity since brew-day. After 48 hrs it was bubbling every 3 seconds. On April 7th it had slowed to every 10-12 seconds. Now it is bubbling once every 30 seconds. My question is...
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    Central valley or bay area members

    I'm in the Valley, Fresno to be exact. If I can be of help, just shoot me a message. I have too many hops (pellets) at this time. If you want a deal on a variety of hops, PM me.
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    a couple of quick barleywine questions

    I have read so many threads they begin to conflict with one another but I agree with the majority who believe 1-2 months on a primary wont harm the brew. I have several primarys but I dont want to rack and have to deal with purging oxygen from carboy or risk other contamination. It just looks...
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    a couple of quick barleywine questions

    I dont have my recipe with me at the moment but this is basically it 5gallons 90 min boil 1lb Crystal Mount .10oz Carapils 9lbs light/Amber DME 5 oz of hops up front 2 oz finishing hops @flameout pitched on to huge yeast cake (English Ale)
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    a couple of quick barleywine questions

    Hello All I have a barleywine sitting on a yeast cake in primary for 3 weeks now. My questions are: 1. How long should I leave in primary? 2. Should I bulk age or bottle? 3. When bottling, should I use 1/2 cup corn sugar? I have heard about using yeast to carbonate but I am...
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    Help! What type of brewing system should I build?

    I have seen people make the frames out of wood. Maybe I should just tbe asking what type of system you all are using and what do you like or dislike about your current setup.
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    Help! What type of brewing system should I build?

    I want to step up to all grain brewing and I would like some advice as to what type of system I should build. I am not a rocket scientist but I will have help from a few engineer friends. Should I build a RIMS? 1,2, or 3 tier? I am sure I want to retrofit kegs and brew 10 gallon batches...
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    Question about adding toasted coconut to porter

    I have a porter sitting in my primary for just over 3 weeks now. Last night I finally worked up the nerve to toast a lb of flaked coconut, stick in a grain bag, and ram it down in to my glass carboy. Ive been hesitant due to the head retention problem due to the oils in the coconut (it was...
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    Most of my beers taste similar, why?

    thanks for all the interest. I have decided to only change one or two things at a time and see what happens. I am going to start by trying different water and increasing my boil volume
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    Most of my beers taste similar, why?

    I have been steeping grains and they help, but I think it is just the nature of "extract" brewing.
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    Most of my beers taste similar, why?

    Ive read many books, watched every video on youtube, tried to scour the forums to learn from others mistakes before I make them, and follow recipes to the nth degree. This is what makes this all more dissapointing. My brew tends to have a watery, thin, or simple taste to it. Not the...
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    Most of my beers taste similar, why?

    Wow. Thanks for all the interest. I am using a variety of yeasts. I used dry and wet malts. I tend to use mostly Light Extracts and dme's. Im using various hops. Steeping grains. My water is good. I generally do partial boils and add to cold water before pitching yeast. I try to splash...
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    Most of my beers taste similar, why?

    I am still a noob, and I have attempted to make beer at least 8-10 times. I have learned a lot since my first batch, but more often then not my beers tastes similar. Overall, they lack complexity and taste "thin." Is this common? I read alot between batches and try to follow all the rules of...
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    Advice with my first BarleyWine

    Sunday I began my first attempt at an extract BW. After two days with a blowoff tube I now have a bubbling airlock in place. I used 10lbs light DME, 1lb crystal malt, and a ton of hops. 90 min boil. 5 gallon yeild. I pitched the wort on to a massive yeast cake (British Ale) from a previous...
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    I want to buy hops - Please message me with what you have available

    if you are selling hops and have prices (per lb) please feel free to message with price and variety
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    I want to buy hops - Please message me with what you have available

    I often see an ad that says Hops for sale and is then followed by at least 100 replies of "Ill take a pound" and "Ill take two pounds" but I cant seem to actually get a seller to respond to me and actually sell the hops. I would like to purchase hops. Pellets if possible. Im just a...
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    Anyone around the bay area, ca?

    I saw some on craigslist in SF
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    can brewing systems made from kegs be used commercially, and in California?

    I am a teacher but when I grow up I would like to open a small (I mean tiny) brewery. I understand the economic concerns of a small brewery but my question is: Are any breweries operating using brew-systems from altered kegs? Any in CA? I have been scouring the net to try and find info. The...
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