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  1. Ski12568

    Electric elements 10gallon batch?

    I was wondering if anyone knows if two of these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006IX89Q/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20 Would boil 13 gallons of wort for 10 gallon batches? Thank you
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    Stressed yeast? Alcohol taste

    I have an IPA that seems to have developed a slight alcohol taste that was not there in my first pours after being carbonated. I fermented on the low end of the recommended range with the probe insulated and taped to the fermenter, the OG was 1.063 FG 1.013, pure O2 for 90 seconds, and a...
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    Faster to carb up or bleed off?

    I am trying to get my carbonation on point before I bottle a couple beers for a competition. I'm sitting a little low right now. I know ideally I would get it to the correct pressure and wait, but I'm a little pressed for time. Is it quicker to over carbonate and then let the psi settle down...
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    Krausen blowoff negative effects?

    Are there any negative effects when it comes to krausen leaving the fermentation vessel via the blowoff tube or the airlock? Besides the mess from a non-blowoff tube incident.
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    Link to learn about brewing pH?

    Does anyone have a link or know a good place to go to learn about brewing pH? I'm looking to learn how the pH affects the wort and beer at different stages on the process. Thank you
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    DIY self closing taps?

    My buddy's neighbor is a home brewer and when I met him he had springs attached to his taps (non-perlick) making them self closing. I have looked online to see if there is some sort of kit for this. Anyone have a link or can give me some ideas for this? Thank you
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    Grain scale recommendations?

    Looking to get a scale to measure some grains and was looking to see what you all recommend. Prefer to buy it on Amazon. I've seen a lot of nice ones for around 20$ but I don't trust the reviews. Thanks
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    Clarity and mouthfeel

    Do you think clarity effects mouthfeel? I'm not sure where I stand on this but I keep drinking my hazy IPA and thinking to myself, "if it was clear it would be better." The beer is really tasty but it is by far my worst as far as clarity. I forgot the Irish moss and I will be picking up some...
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    American IPA BrewSki IPA - Drop it like it's hops

    8 lbs Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 7 66.0 % 3 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 8 24.7 % 1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 9 8.2 % 2.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 10 1.0 % 0.50 oz Warrior [15.00 %] - First Wort Hop 1.00 oz Amarillo [9.20 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 0.50 oz Chinook...
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    IPA Feedback

    Poured my first glass this week and I am really enjoying it but I feel it can be better. What do you think I can do to get it a little more "hoppy" without increasing the bitterness? I also forgot to add any irish moss and did not use gelatin for fear of losing any aroma. I was thinking I...
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    Help me understand gypsum in an IPA?

    When adding gypsum to an IPA to enhance the bitterness, what does this mean? Does this mean that the bitterness will linger in your mouth a bit longer? Does it mean the bitterness will be smoother? My favorite IPA right now is Bell's Two Hearted because of how smooth and non-lingering the...
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    Last bottle of gold medal winner. Big thanks

    If it wasn't for HBT and having a place to get my questions answered, I do not think I would have good enough brewing habits to produce a winner. Thanks for all your help. Except note taking, those habits are not good... All Amarillo American pale ale (10a)
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    Citra tips?

    I have 4 oz of Citra I would like to use in a simple pale ale to get to know the hop better. One thing that frightens me is the cat piss thing people refer to sometimes when talking about Citra. Any tips to help avoid that? Thank you
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    Scoresheet comment help

    I recently got my score sheets back and both judges noted a bittering harshness on the finish. Can this be avoided or lessened in anyway? 4oz of Amarillo were used in total What other info would you like? Overall score was 40.5, Gold medal, American pale ale
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    Same gypsum we buy at LHBS?

    Thanks for the help. The anhydrous is throwing me off.
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    How I calibrate my pH meter and check mash pH

    I hope this is helpful for anyone looking to get into taking pH readings. Cheers :mug: http://airlocksniffs.com/how-i-calibrate-my-ph-meter-to-take-a-mash-reading/
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    STC display question

    I was wondering if the STC displayed the temperature it is currently reading or the temperature it is set to? Thanks for the help.
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    Bru'n Water confirmation please

    I am looking to graduate from the water chemistry primer and was looking for some confirmation on what I have added. This will be for an IPA. Thank you Seems like a lots of additions.
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    Stir bar sanitation

    I have read a lot about bucket fermenters and if they are scratched on the inside, they need to be replaced. I am looking at my stir bar and it is not smooth at all. How do you sanitize your stir bar?
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    Stir plate need a push

    After I glued the magnets on the fan, every time I plug it in I need to shake the box just right to get the fan moving. I tested the fan before I installed it in the box but I still needed to give the fan a push. It works great once it starts spinning. Any thoughts? New fan? Weaker magnets?
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