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    Need a 1/4" flare elbow for CO2 line - can't find anywhere

    I'm using a 1/4" flare bulkhead on my keezer to pipe the CO2 inside. The issue is that my keezer is in a pretty tight space and I don't have room for a straight fitting, I really need a 90* elbow. I haven't been able to find anything like that at any homebrew shops so far. I have found some...
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    Insulating keezer collar - best options

    I'm about to pull the trigger on building a collar. I will be using 1x6" planks (probably cedar) for the exterior, and I'd like to use rigid foam insulation inside of that to keep my energy bill down. I have a couple snags that I need help with: 1) I was planning on also putting another 1x6...
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    Biggest chest freezer under 48" wide?

    Yeah I know, another "which freezer to buy" question. I did look at the kegerator chart, but most of what's on there seems to be no longer made. I have exactly 48" of space where I need my kegerator to go, so I'm looking to get the absolute biggest freezer I can for that space. Unfortunately a...
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    Help me decide my next brew (IPA)

    I'm looking to brew one, maybe two IPAs this weekend. I'm just looking for input on which recipes to try. It's probably been a couple years since I last brewed an IPA, and I didn't much care for it anyways. Looking for an extract/partial mash recipe. Something well balanced and clean...I...
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    What To Do With Too Sweet Beer

    Brewed a dry/oatmeal stout and it's finally "done". I had some issues with it (what appeared to be an infection ended the primary ferm short), so I knew it would never be a "good" beer. Beyond the primary issues I also didn't aerate it quite well enough so it stopped at 1.020. Anyways, the...
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    So What Infection Did I Get?

    Looks like my stout got sick a few days ago. It had been in primary for about 2 weeks. I believe something wasn't sanitized correctly when I took the last sample...oops. It was pretty quiet until a few days ago when things started bubbling again. I tried to get a picture of the critters but...
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    Brewing Lagers In Corny Keg And Small Freezer

    I'd REALLY like to get into brewing lagers. The primary issue right now is that I don't have a ton of places to keep things cool. I have a couple fridges but most are full and can really only be used to serve, not ferment or lager. I did just come across a small chest freezer in the corner of...
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    Dry Hopping (or other post fermentation additions) - Why No Stirring?

    I'm curious, why is stirring the beer not required when dry hopping, or adding other ingredients like vanilla beans or other solids? When I added my vanilla into my keg, I dunked it a few times with a sanitized racking cane, but have otherwise left it alone. Obviously, after a few days I have...
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    Brewin Apfelwein On Yeast Cake - Hop Residue

    I'm brewing a cream ale right now, and when that is finished I'm seriously considering doing a batch of Apfelwein, and just starting it right on the yeast cake (I use WLP001 for the cream ale). No real questions regarding that process, but I'm curious about how the hops from the previous beer...
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    Michigan Keg Laws - Keeping Kegs

    Sorry if this is the wrong forum, I didn't see anywhere else that catered to legalities of beer and kegs and such. I'm a Michigan resident, and I currently have three commercial kegs sitting around. All are empty, and I haven't bothered to return them yet as the stupid stickers that are...
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    Help Me Pick a Stout To Brew

    I have some friends coming in from out of state around Christmas, would like to have a stout on tap for when we get together. Just not sure what I want to brew, as I've never brewed a proper stout before. Looking for an extract recipe (+ steeping grains as necessary, doesn't need to be all...
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    From Delicious to Dish Soap In 1 Day

    Got a bit of a problem here...made my first beer in almost 6 months a bit ago, and everything was right on track until I kegged it...the story: Made a simple ale with 6lb pale liquid, 2oz Sorachi (leaf), 1oz bitter orange. First time doing a full boil, it went pretty well despite ending up...
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    Forgot To Add Orange Peel

    Long story short I brewed today, first time in a LONG time...and forgot to toss in the orange peel during the boil. Had it completely cooled before realizing it. While I could let it go as is, I think the orange will really help out this beer. Right now it's in the fermenter, just pitched the...
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    Installed Taps In Different Room

    OK, I search a bit on this, and found some good info...but was still left confused with how I should handle my project...hopefully you guys who have done this can give me some help. For whatever reason I need this spoon fed to me...I'm just not comprehending all the parts and such that I'll...
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    Using Two Primary Regulators

    Question regarding my keezer setup...I did some searching and it seems you can use two primary regulators instead of a primary and secondary, but I couldn't find much on how exactly to hook it up and any drawbacks (besides cost) that come with such a setup. Basically I have two double gauge...
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    Commercial Brewing: drink on premise or distribute locally?

    A question for the commercial brewers out there, big and small. Is it easier to start a brewery that only serves on premise in a brewpub format, or to only sell your brew to stores and distributers in bottles/cans/kegs? I've been thinking about going commercial in a while (a long while...)...
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    Siphoning After Cold Crash...?

    So I just threw my carboy into my keezer to cold crash it for a few days before kegging...however I've realized that siphoning might become an issue. My keezer will be at the same level as the keg, so how will I get a good siphon going? Won't removing the carboy disturb the trub and negate the...
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    Dry Hopping vs Late Boil Addition

    Looking for opinions on adding flavor/aroma hops near the end of the boil/at flameout, or by dry hopping. I'm looking to add an ounce of Saaz to my recipe purely for flavor and aroma. I'm already adding a half ounce of cascade over the last twenty minutes of my boil. Will I benefit more...
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    Light vs Dark Extracts

    OK, I figured this had been answered but my search turned up little (or my google-fu is weak today...). What differences are there between a light and dark extract? I'm talking specifically about liquid for my purposes but if dry extract is different then I'd like to know. For instance, is...
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    Recipe Tweak - More Extract or Grain?

    I just finished up a version of this centennial blonde. It came out pretty good, but I'd like for just a tade more 'flavor'. First, from the extract recipe posted I deviated a bit and used plain light extract instead of extra light, and also upped the bittering hops to a full ounce. I'd...
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