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  1. jimpdx

    Difference between PBW, OxyClean and BKF?

    Hello friends. I've been using PBW to clean fermenters and corny kegs, scrub my pots, etc. and using OxyClean to remove labels from bottles. On the surface they seem like very similar cleansers and I am curious if I can save some money by using OxyClean on my brew equipment? I also discovered...
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    Single-tier custom brewstand (and electric help)

    I really liked the look of the Alpha Street Ruby system which is sized to handle my larger 30-40G mash and boil kettles for 15-25G batches. However the price was a *bit* out of my reach. Fortunately I helped a brew club member to make the all grain brewing transition and it turns out he owns a...
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    Oregon Brew Crew's 14th Annual Fall Classic Homebrew Competition

    The Oregon Brew Crew's 14th Annual Fall Classic Competition October 24, 2015 - Entries due THURSDAY October 15, 2015 Event Website and Registration http://oregonbrewcrew.org/fallclassic Event Location 13 Virtues Brewing Company 6410 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202 Entry Categories All...
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    Issues with first lager fermentation

    After buying a chest freezer and controller I decided to brew 10 gallons of Schwarzbier. Brewday went well and I pitched at 50 degrees per Jamil's book. I had to go out of town for 10 days and when I returned it had dropped to 44. At this point I had gotten 59% attenuation using Wyeast Bohemian...
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    Munich Base Malt and 16% Roasted Malt - Crazy?

    (cross-posted to the AHA forum) I decided to brew up 12 gallons of a CDA/Black IPA. One of my favorite breweries had posted this on their Facebook page when I inquired about one of my favorite dark hoppy beers of theirs: I ended up with the following grain bill based on some research...
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    My Journey To 20 Gallons and Beyond

    (the links are to Dropbox photos and product pages as appropriate) I finally got my system locked in earlier this year. Two 15.5 gallon keggles (mash and boil), a 9 gallon cooler for sparge water (HLT), one propane burner and a cross-flow chiller. I found my mash limit (36 pounds of grain) and...
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    Advice on fermentation vessels beyond 10G batches

    I am curious what your thoughts are. I have outgrown my 10 gallon AG system and want to go bigger. Over the "Black Friday" shopping weekend I picked up a new 41 gallon stainless steel (heavy) pot which I am planning to modify with ball valve, sightglass, etc. as a new boil kettle (primarily) and...
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    Corny Keg Storage Question

    Just bought my first two corny kegs last month and racked my first beer into one of them. Wanting to experience cold carbonated beer quickly I went with the quit carb route of rolling my keg around on the floor, etc. after chilling it in my fridge to the high 30s temp wise. Now I need to leave...
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    Imp Stout with Licorice and Molasses

    Evening friends. I am shopping tomorrow for this batch which I plan on brewing Saturday. I am doing 12 gallons into 2 x 6G carboys so that I have enough beer to fill my 10 gallon rum barrel after secondary. Playing with some grains and hops I haven't used before so appreciate any guidance and...
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    Crazy Ingredient Idea - Azuki Red Bean Paste?

    So this weekend I am brewing an "Asian" themed/inspired Imperial Red Ale. Besides the obvious Sorachi Ace hop bill, I have been putting together ingredients which I think might add some really unique flavors, or at least sound good. I am really wanting to include some "Azuki Red Bean Paste" in...
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    Carboy Blowoff Leak?

    Has anyone ever had this problem with a tiny leak at the mouth of the carboy with a blowoff tube inserted? The first evidence was a tiny hissing bubbling noise. Im not concerned during fermentation and I have wrapped it in foil for now. Any ways to fix if it is a small crack in the neck of the...
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    Peach Prep for Braggot

    Hello friends. I am making my first Braggot tomorrow largely based on the Dogfish "Crandaddy Braggot" technique and an Oskar Blues Old Chub clone. Should come out interesting. I have 10 pounds of fresh local peaches (hoping to get more) plus one of those 3 pound cans of Vintners Harvest Peach...
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    Feedback: Big Dark Ale w/ Spice and Fruit for Rum Barrel Aging

    I am planning to brew this on Saturday - 10 gallon batch to rack to my newly acquired 10G Rum Barrel! The grain bill is a mix of porter and barleywine styles, pulling from various sources. I am not going for a full Imperial Stout mouthfeel but want something with enough body and residual...
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    Raspberry Fields Forever (Imp Stout)

    So I brewed my first Imperial Stout in July, what I was calling a "Napoleonic Stout" (inspired by my trip to France) which would have Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs and Raspberry (also a play on Neapolitan ice cream - choc, vanilla, strawberry). Shortly after racking to secondary, I added raspberry...
  15. jimpdx

    Native Spiced American Wheat Pale

    Trying to "mash" up (pun intended) an American wheat and a spiced pale, native american style. Using butternut and delicata squash, roasted anaheim chilis and sage near knockout (not listed in the recipe). Couldn't decide between 1056 and 1010 so I am doing one 5G carboy of each (10G total...
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    Three starter questions

    Hey guys. I decided to go Rogue and mix one pack of 1056 with two Scottish Ale strains into a 3.8L starter (divided into two separate 2000ml flasks). BeerSmith said I needed 3 packs and that is what I had! I didn't get the starter wort cooled to temp until 11pm-ish so I was only able to...
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    Comments Please - Napoleonic Imperial Stout

    I am going for a standard RIS but adding raspberry puree (homemade and preserved) cocoa nibs and vanilla in secondary. What do you think of the base imperial stout recipe? I am not a fan of coffee-style stouts so trying to find the right malt combo to balance some residual sweetness and...
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    To Oat or Not To Oat?

    I'm researching various approaches to Wit. Will be playing with the fruit, herbal and spice notes a bit. However I can't really find a strong argument for or against oats in this style of beer? Any thoughts? I see it included in some recipes but not others. This will be an all grain 5.5g batch...
  19. jimpdx

    Belgian Pale Ale (Recipe Check)

    Planning to brew this on Sunday. This is part of my series of beers based on Lord of the Rings (Rivendell Pale Ale). Any suggestions for different yeast (not sure what Wyeast Private Collection options may be available right now) or other adjuncts? Also wondering if anyone suggests a more...
  20. jimpdx

    Help/Advice - Big Beer and Low SG Secondary

    So I am dusting off the home brewery after months away followed by months of work travel. I tried to rush a 5 week Imperial IPA for a small competition (EDIT: not a real competition just homebrew tasting) next month. I also decided to upgrade from plastic mash to a Keggle! This recipe is a...
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