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    Extra kettle

    Hi all, soon I will have a new setup with 3 20 gallon kettles, but I have an 8 gallon kettle I want to keep and out to use still, is there anything you guys can think of for how to use an extra kettle? I was thinking a grant but it is probably too large in diameter for that.
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    Plate chiller clogging

    My fiancee bought me a Blichmann Therminator for my birthday. Previously, I had been using an IC, but I really like the plate chiller. The only problem is that I have gotten it clogged multiple times, even with a good whirlpool before attaching the chiller. Is the only other thing I can do is to...
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    Bulk aging

    Hello, I have two chest freezers, one for fermentation and one for serving, but my fermentation chest freezer is smaller and can only really hold 3 carboys. I was thinking of switching to using cornies for bulk aging my bigger beers (my next couple of beers will be a RIS for next winter and a...
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    New Jersey CO2 tank filling in Northern/Central NJ

    Hi all, I just recently moved to Madison, NJ and I was wondering if there was anywhere in the vicinity that I could fill up my 10lb. CO2 tank. I used to use Reliable Carbionic in New Brunswick when I lived in that area, but I haven't been able to find a similar place up here. Thanks!
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    Can I pitch yeast at higher temps?

    Hi all, I made a black IPA today with a bunch of new equipment, and the brew day went alright I guess. I tried with basically a manual HERMS system on propane and I had a bit of trouble maintaining temos but that wasn't too bad. The big problem was that it was freezing outside and I got my new...
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    How Long a Starter Lasts

    Hi all, In preparation for a batch, I made a starter on December 26th, and then due to a family emergency, I was unable to make the batch. I had the starter on a stir plate until the 28th, when my fiancee put it in the refrigerator. It's been there since then. Would the starter still be viable...
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    Use for extra pump?

    I have been given an extra match pump. I have two already mounted to my brew table. Is there anything I could use the next pump for? Maybe pumping from the carboy to my kegs?
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    This a decent idea for a RIMS type system?

    So I got a pump and a plate chiller for christmas and I wanted to try keeping my immersion chiller to use for a HERMS type system. I only have one kettle, I use a propane burner, and I have a large cooler for the mash tun. If I do what's in the image, I could recirculate my mash and maintain...
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    This a decent idea for a RIMS type system?

    Edit: Oops I meant HERMS, not RIMS. Is there any way to edit the title? So I got a pump and a plate chiller for christmas and I wanted to try keeping my immersion chiller to use for a HERMS type system. I only have one kettle, I use a propane burner, and I have a large cooler for the mash...
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    Value in raising temperature after primary?

    Is there any value in raising the temperature after primary fermentation finishes? I made a big black ipa (OG 1.082 and the target FG is around 1.013) and used a 1.5L starter of WLP001. It's fermenting at 65F now. I've seen recipes where they raise the temp 3-5 degrees after primary...
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    Black IPA recipe critique

    Hey everyone, I'm going to be trying my hand at a black ipa and I was hoping to get some feedback. It's going to be a big one. This is for a 5 gallon batch. 1.5-2L starter of WLP001 14.5 lbs 2 Row 1 lb Carafa III 1 lb Crystal 60 Mash at 150 for 90 minutes 60 min boil 3 oz Equinox...
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    Equinox Hops

    I am planning on a Black IPA and I've really taken to Equinox hops as of late. Haven't tried making a beer with them, but would Equinox hops work well in a Black IPA? I would be using mostly midnight wheat and maybe some carafa III for color. Also, what are some hop combinations that go well...
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    Kegging issue

    I just started legging again and I'm using a sanke keg. I kegged on Sunday and set the pressure to 11 psi, I have 10 feet of 3/16" beverage line, I have the temp set at 3.3C(~38F), and I'm using a picnic tap. I decided to try pulling a couple of pints tonight and when I open the tap (all the...
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    Fermentation Chamber and Keezer

    So I decided to try kegging. I have my fermentation chamber in my apartment and can't get another chest freezer. I was wondering if it would be feasible to use my fermentation chamber do double duty as a kegerator with just a picnic tap. My main concern is if it would be bad for the beer in the...
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    No Sparge RIMS style setup

    I posted this on the beginners forum but nobody has responded. I thought I would try here. So I am getting a march pump sometime soon and I have been thinking about doing a type of RIMS setup (I guess you could call it that?) with my boil kettle and 10 gallon plastic mash tun. I was hoping to...
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    No sparge RIMS

    So I am getting a march pump sometime soon and I have been thinking about doing a type of RIMS setup with my boil kettle and 10 gallon plastic mash tun. I was hoping to get feedback on it. What I plan to try is to heat my strike water and then transfer it to my mash tun, then add in my grains...
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    Adding Fruit after Primary Fermentation

    So a few weeks ago I made a wheat beer for the first time, and I'm going to bottle it this weekend, and I figured I would harvest the yeast and then make another batch of it on Sunday. This time, though, my fiancee suggested I add fruit to it. I'm thinking of adding peach and mango into the...
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    Mash Tun not holding temperature well

    I have had a problem in the last two batches I've brewed with my mash tun not holding temps very well. I have a 10 gallon cooler that I bought from Home Depot and converted to a MLT. My normal process is to heat up strike water to temperature (the last beer was 163F to get to a final mash temp...
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    racking to bottling bucket question

    I have a quick question about racking to bottling buckets. I have a new fermentation chamber (7cubic foot chest freezer) that is currently going through its maiden voyage, but I was wondering, when I cold crash it, how do I go about racking it to the bottling bucket from inside the fermentation...
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    Saving wort for later?

    So I've decided to try and make a wheat beer, and my fiancee wants me to add some fruit (peach puree) to the wheat beer. I was thinking, why not just double the size of the batch to 10 gallons and have half go to secondary with the peach puree and the other half just leave in primary. My mash...
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