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    North Carolina pulled pork trailer in Austin, TX? I must be crazy.

    Indeed, I must be. Well, here I am, starting month two of owning and running a North Carolina pulled pork food trailer, and boy let me tell you, it is stressful. Honestly though, if you had told me four months ago I would be doing this I wouldn't had believed you. I have no background in...
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    Could I get a little input on something, please?

    First off thank you for your help. Second, my purpose here is to brew a more San Diego style IPA as that is where I developed a taste for hoppier beers (I cut my teeth of Stone, Green Flash, Lagunitas, Ale Smith, and on occasion Pliney), and I want to bring a little of that here to Austin...
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    I don't use Facebook...

    ...or myspace, or pretty much any social media. As a fact this is the ONLY website I actually have a current subscription to; everything else I simply lurk. I suppose that makes me antisocial, but in this day and age of declining, if not completely nonexistent privacy, I can think of nothing...
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    Ever have an ingredient that just never failed to surpass your expectations?

    For me it is the Wyeast Belgian Ardennes 3522. I pitched that bad boy into my Belgian Enkel and it just took off after about 12 hours. I pitched it at 75f, let it cool to room temperature (71f), got some action and attached my brew belt to the primary (75f), than finally put it in my bathroom...
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    Let's talk about a lesser known style: the American Mild.

    Is such a thing possible? Is the idea of Americanizing the classic English Mild antethesis to everything the English Mild stands for? Maybe, maybe not. Typically the mild is a sessionable, malt dominated ale with some bitterness but not overly hoppy. Americanized beers have usually been...
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    Would you drink this beer? Saison time!

    Howdy, First just wanted to say thanks for clicking that button and allowing me to violently seize a few minutes of your time. Drinks are to the right, come on in. Oh hey, real quick...that drink didn't taste like roofies, did it? No? Sweet! I'll be seeing you in a few minutes...
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    Terribly underrated bands that never got their dues

    Name a single underrated band that did not get the attention they should have, or had their thunder stolen from them. My choice; Faith No More. My God, I always loved FNM growing up (90's were my decade), but as I get older they get better, and deeper, and so much more complex. It's...
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    Could a brutha get a virtual hug? Just put my cat down.

    Feline infectious peritonitis. It's a death sentence if you get it; no cures, no treatments. I put him to sleep because the disease just started to affect his nervous system and from what I read it is a nasty ride after that. I did what I would want done to me, so I know it was right, but F...
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    Why are your best beers almost always your "Oops!" beers?

    Let me preface by stating that I am towards the tail end of one of my accidental 12.87% masterpieces. I may stutter. Now, back on point. Why is it that the best beers are almost always the ones you simply can not replicate? You know the one; your grain bill ran short so you had to...
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    Infection in secondary? 56k, better brew a beer.

    First off, I apologize for the size of the pics, but I wanted to get a higher resolution to show the smaller details. I brewed up a 10/10/10 clone last month, while terribly missing efficiency thus creating a substantially lower gravity Belgian, came together really quite well. Yes, I missed...
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    I just learned an amazing aspect of AL, low FG, Wow.

    Just brewed up a Belgian strong ale that was suppose to be a copy of 10/10/10 Devil May Cry. Missed my gravities by a huge mark; about by 20+ points, but hit my FG with a vengeance. 1.004! Damn, it's boozy but I could drop my straw into the primary and drink it as is. ****, AG makes for...
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    Gotta say, I really prefer AG brewing!

    Brewed my second AG today; an English Mild with a recipe all my own, so I don't quite know how it will turn out. Yes, AG takes longer, but damn if it isn't a pure labor of love, especially since I can tweak everything just the way I want. I am pleased to say that I am hitting my 75%...
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    Mash tonight, brew tomorrow? Bad idea?

    Well, it's been a long day, and I did not get to start as early as I would like, but I do want to get this AG (my first) batch done before I have to go back to work on Wed. I was thinking about going ahead and doing my mash, sparge, and than brew tomorrow after the dentist, so about 11am. I...
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    If I keg and carbonate my doppelbock, can I store it warm?

    What I mean to say is that I have lagered, kegged and carbonated a doppelbock, and need room in my refrigerator to keg and carb my Pliny clone. Can I remove the Doppelbock and store it elsewhere, or is it too late as it is chilled, kegged, and carbed? I would love to be able to get my Pliny...
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    I left oxiclean soaking too long in my fermenter bucket!

    So, long story short as the title reads I did leave the oxiclean in my buckets way too long, which has resulted in both of my fermenters unusable. There is a rough film coating the normally smooth plastic walls and bottom. Are these buckets salvageable in that I can remove the film, or has the...
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    Why do my bottles keep losing carbonation? I can't figure this out!

    I almost exclusively buy my beer kits from Austin Home Brew, and I always buy the bottle caps that they offer for an additional $1.49 (or so). When I bottle I use a standard big, bright, red double handled bottle capper that came with my home brew kit that I had bought from Home wine making...
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    Attention to detail saves money, aka lets talk about stupid mistakes!

    I am brewing up a nice Belgian Saison right now, but for the life of me I could not figure out why I had a stuck fermentation at 1.030 after almost a month in the primary. I aerrated the hell out of it, pitched at 70F, added yeast energizer, and let it ferment at around 90F. I could not figure...
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    Advice on tweaking an AHS recipe.

    I ordered a recipe kit from AHS that I am thinking of experimenting with. I ordered, in addition to the other stuff I purchased, an AHS low-carb ale with Amylase enzyme as an addition. As it stands, the recipe seems to be 3lb of light extract and 2lb of corn syrup. I'm not sure of the hops...
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    Hypothetical Stone Brewery Levitation-esque (extract)

    I've looked long and hard on the interwebs for a Stone Brewery Levitation Ale clone extract recipe, but I have yet been able to find one. I did however find a nice all-grain recipe on tastybrew.com, which I thought I could do a little tinkering with in Beersmith and see what I could come up...
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    When did you realize, yeah, this is the hobby for you?

    I've only brewed five batches so far, and am only about 3 months into this obsession, but I know that this is the hobby for me. I knew the moment the rolling boil on my first batch began. I knew I was in it for the long haul, even though my first batch ended up tasting like crap. I just...
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