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    My First Decoction Experience

    Thanks for all the feedback. I think I'll definitely try an extended boil time on the decoction next time. It wasn't as challenging as I expected and the second time will go smoother I'm sure, I'll just have to account for the increase in efficiency.
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    My First Decoction Experience

    I recently finished reading the Vienna Lager book by Andreas Krennmair, which I highly recommend, and it inspired me to attempt a decoction in honor of the traditional brewing method. This recipe was adapted from one in the book, which represents a more modern interpretation of the style. I...
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    LupoMax Hops

    I just brewed a rye IPA yesterday with the Mosaic and Sabro along with some regular T 90 pellets of Citra and Jade. I did extensive whirlpool hopping and will dry hop as well. Pitched the yeast this morning and it already has a great aroma, planning on throwing the dry hops in at the tail end of...
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    LupoMax Hops

    Anyone else try these yet? I ordered half a pound each of Mosaic and Sabro from Yakima Valley Hops and am planning on brewing an IPA with them this weekend. I listened to the interview on the Brulosophy podcast last week and they sound pretty awesome.
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    Experience with CaraAroma?

    I have used it at a rate of 3.4% (5 oz in a 5.5-gallon batch) in a Vienna Lager I made last year. It added a very nice red color to the beer, as it was the only roast malt I used in the recipe. The rest was a combo of Pilsner, Munich, and Vienna. It tasted great too, I wouldn't hesitate to use...
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    Campden for Bottling?

    Color and carbonation are basically the same as well. I let them sit at room temp for one week then in the fridge for one more before sampling. My main concern with this was how it would affect the carbonation but I needn’t have worried.
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    Campden for Bottling?

    My beer's been in the bottle for a few weeks now, and I've been able to do some triangle test with some friends. I've had 10 total people try it and no one can consistently tell the beers apart. I know I can't, they taste the same to me as well.
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    How to do a closed transfer for dummies?

    Awesome thanks for the tip, I’ll try that next time
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    How to do a closed transfer for dummies?

    I had the same issue, the spigot from the Speidel is a bigger diameter than the barb that attaches to the keg, anyone have a work around for this?
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    Campden for Bottling?

    I just bottled my most recent batch and ended up splitting it into two 10 liter portions. One was treated with half a Camden tablet (.31 grams) mixed in with the priming sugar solution. The other half was untreated. I’m going to let them sit at room temp for a week or so, then another week in...
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    Campden for Bottling?

    You've got my wheels turning, I might split the batch and dose one half and leave the other alone.
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    Campden for Bottling?

    Does anyone use campden (potassium or sodium metabisulfite) when bottling to reduce oxidation risk? I've read elsewhere that 1 tablet in the bottling bucket works well but haven't found a ton of info otherwise.
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    Did I Mess Up My Keg Purge?

    I’m using silicon tubing. Based on what others have said it must be some type of infection I believe. I will give my lines a good cleaning though before using them again as well as my keg.
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    Did I Mess Up My Keg Purge?

    For my latest batch, I made a Vienna lager that I have made a few times before, so I knew what flavor to expect. However, this was the first time I have purged my keg using via the method of filling with with StarSan then pushing it all out, then racking the beer into it via a closed transfer...
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    How to do a closed transfer for dummies?

    Thanks for the tips, the pressure relief valve looks right up my alley in terms of simplicity and ease of use.
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    How to do a closed transfer for dummies?

    Yep, my spigot is at the bottom. A carbonation cap like this one? https://decorhousestore.com/products/stainless-carbonation-cap-counter-pressure-bottle-filling-with-5-16-barb-co2-coupling-to-carbonate-soda-beer-fruit-juice-water?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvMKsr5Ti4gIVZf_jBx2Bqw4dEAkYAyABEgLhgfD_BwE
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    How to do a closed transfer for dummies?

    I'd like to start incorporating some cold side techniques reduce oxidation, however, my engineering skills are approximately that of a 2 year old, so crafting/improvising brewing toys is not my strong suit. I know there are topics covering this but I get bogged down in the jargon and hardware...
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    Any other NC hop growers?

    This is my fourth year growing, just outside Winston Salem. I’ve got cascade and chinook. My cascades are already coming back strong and very bushy, the chinook are just coming back up. Also when does everyone cut back the bull shoots?
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    Exact Ferment Temps Matter?

    I second this whole heartedly. I have one as well and love it, and it would certainly work well in a small space.
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    Anyone else use a Cool Brewing?

    I bought this a few years ago, and my only regret is that I didn’t get one sooner. It takes a little trial and error at first, but after that it’s a breeze. It maintains temperature really well and is one of the best upgrades I’ve made to my brewing.
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