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  1. PKisNJ

    Questions on: Lagering my Alt

    Hello everybody! I hope everyone is having an awesome time gearing up for fall. I am currently working on an altbier which has already gone through primary for two weeks at 62-65, then has been moved to a secondary for a little over a week now at 50 degrees. I have read lagering an altbier...
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    Little Holes in my Hop Leaves! Help!

    Hi everybody! It's seems that I have little visitors taking a bite out my hop leaves. (See the pics below) does anyone have a recommendation on how to take care of this problem?? Insecticide recommendations? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks
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    Should I Prune My Hops??

    Hello everybody I am tapping into the fountain of knowledge to ask if I should prune my hop plants, specifically a Columbus plant that currently has about 7 bines at about 5-6" each. I know it's best to have 2 bines at the most working their way up the hop line so I wonder if its best to have...
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    Quick Question about Trellis Lines and Ground Stakes

    Hi everybody! To give a quick background this is my first year planting hops and the plants are starting to really take off. I have put up the maypole/teepee style hop trellis with lines running to the stop of a 18' pole. Here is the question. The ground stakes I have are not holding well as...
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    First Timer - I Need Some Help (Slightly Freaking Out)

    Hello! I recently received 3 hop crowns from Great Lakes Hops, which arrived a little bit later than I planned. I have my hop trellis set up and my garden is ready to go, but there is a catch. I did not know that they had to be in a shady area for two weeks prior to full sun.... This is a...
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    Carbonation question

    Hello everyone I am reaching out with a quick question regarding force carbonating homebrew...here we go: I have reached a decent level of carbonation for my stout using the set it and forget it method. Now that I am at the point of dispensing should I leave the stout continually hooked up to...
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    A Late Summer Mead...Need Help with Recipe

    Hello! I am brand new to the world of Mead. This will actually be my first swing at it and I am quite interesting in putting together a mead with ginger and orange peel. Something nice and light to be ready to drink around August. I was wondering if anyone out there would be familiar...
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    First Label! Let Me Know What You Think!

    This is my first label for my Black IPA which turned out awesome! Let me know what you think. PK
  9. PKisNJ

    Need help with this Black IPA Recipe!

    Hi there everybody! I am reaching out to the wise minds of this forum to assist me in my brewing endevours. With the assistance of remman4's original Black IPA recipe I wanted to try and brew my own version. Below I have a tweaked Black IPA recipe which I was looking for some feedback on. Please...
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    Please Critique this Black IPA recipe!

    Hi there everybody! I am reaching out to the wise minds of this forum to assist me in my brewing endevours. With the assistance of remman4's original Black IPA recipe I wanted to try and brew my own version. Below I have a tweaked Black IPA recipe which I was looking for some feedback on. Please...
  11. PKisNJ

    What to brew in November? Your Opinion!

    Hi everybody! I was wondering what would be a good style to brew mid-November? I have been leaning towards a holiday ale and have asked in different threads what everyone's best recipe was. But now I am thinking that by the time the brew ferments, conditions, and then bottle conditions I...
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    Looking for a Relatively Quick and GOOD Holiday Ale

    Hi everyone! I am currently looking for a pretty quick and easy holiday ale that you have made in the past that turned out great. I have done some reading and have found many have tried and trusted Charlie Papazian's Holiday Cheer, which seems like a great option. I was looking for something...
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    Looking for Some Holiday Cheer! (Charlie Papazian's Holiday Cheer)

    Hi Everybody! (Doctor Nick's Voice) I am currently looking to brew up some of Charlie Papazian's Holiday Cheer and have it ready to go by Christmas Day/New Year so I have to get cracking! Would anyone other there have the recipe and instructions from the book? I have searched online but I...
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    Fermentation Dropping Off Fast... Help!

    Hi everybody here is the gist of my situation. I brewed up a brown ale yesterday (2pm the yeast was pitched) (NB Caribou Slobber to be exact..extract kit) and kept it at a steady 67-66 degrees. The fermentation was quite vigorous initially, to the point when I woke up this morning I had to put a...
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    Quick Fermentation Temp Question!

    Hi gang, I am still a little new to the crowd. I just recently hopped back into homebrewing and I have just had a great brew day. I brewed up a one gallon batch of brown ale and a 2.5 gallon batch of pale ale from separate kits. (I live in an apt so my brew size had to be scaled down) As...
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    Johnson A419 Questions/Advice (Thanks in Advance!)

    Hi there everyone. I have recently jumped back into homebrewing and this time around I wanted to step up my game right from the get-go. Since I am on the second floor of an apt building I have opted to go for a mini-fridge setup w/ a Johnson Controls A419 temp controller. (I know...another...
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