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    Souring a portion of pre fermented beer

    I really love sour beers but don't know where to start when it comes to brewing one and don't want to try with a full 5 gallon batch. Anyone know an easy way to run off a gallon of pre fermented beer from a batch of regular (non soured) beer into a gallon "carboy" during kegging in order to...
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    What's wrong with my hop plant

    First time hop grower here and, as you can imagine, I'm worrying about everything. Everything seems to be going ok, the vines are growing up twine a little slower than I imagined but it's going. The only thing I've noticed is that on the bottom leaves on both my plants are starting to brown a...
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    Adding more carbonation after Force Carbonation

    First time kegger here, already one of the best decisions I've made in my process! I racked my cold crashed beer into a keg the other day, put it in the fridge and set the co2 gauge to 30 psi for a little over 24 hours. After that I purged it and set it to 12 psi. It's been sitting on that...
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    Using Liquid AND Dry Yeasts

    Long story short, I'm brewing this coming weekend and will not have the time to make a starter for the Wyeast 1056 that I'll be pitching. Could I pitch a combination of that without a starter plus a packet of Safeale US05 dry yeast to make sure it there are enough cells in there? Any input...
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    Keezer in a freezing garage

    Anybody have any experience with their keezer or kegorator in a detached garage in an area that gets down to single digits during the winter? I want to build one to keep in the garage but I'm afraid that my beer will freeze out there and mess something up. I know that beer has a lower freezing...
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    Is my Mash Tun too big?

    Hey Everyone. So I'm torn between going to BIAB or just going straight to All-Grain and have been looking into converting the cooler that I "borrowed" from my parents a couple years ago into a mash tun. The only thing is, I'm worried that it's too big. I'm pretty sure it is either a 70 or a...
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    Potential over carb fix --HELP

    So I bottled an IPA last night and had used a priming solution calculator on NB to figure out how much sugar I needed. I figured I had about 4.5 gallons to bottle and used that in my calculating but when I was actually bottling I only had about 3.5 gallons. So basically I'm assuming I'm going to...
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    Cold Crashing BEFORE Secondary

    So I brewed an IPA outside after work last night for the first time in a while. Since the temp was in the 30's and it was midnight by the time we finished up I think I was too tired and cold to think clearly. Which led me to pour the entire kettle into the fermenter with the hops, hot and cold...
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    Fermentation Temp schedule

    I recently purchased an STC 1000+ from brewsbysmith so I'm finally jumping on the temp control train! I couldn't be more excited about it, but as it comes closer to brew day I'm thinking about the best practices when it comes to the temp schedule. Can anyone give me an idea of what they do...
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    Stc 1000 wanted

    I'm looking for an STC 1000 temp controller to control heat and cool for my fermentor. I've read that people order them on ebay from China but they take forever to get and I'm not smart enough to build one like many others do for cheap. I'm willing to buy used. Anybody know where I can...
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    Electric Fermentation heater outside

    I'm looking in to buying this (http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/electric-fermentation-heater.html) electric fermentation heater and was just wanted ask a question to anyone thats used one. I was thinking about using it in my basement but realized my basement is too hot most of the time. Has...
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    RECIPE REQUEST: Partial Mash IPA clone

    Hey guys, I haven't brewed in probably a year now and when I was brewing I didn't do anything but extract recipes with some specialty grains here and there. After reading DeathBrewer's sticky on easy Partial Mash brewing I'm inspired to do some brewing again and I'm looking for a solid partial...
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    Fermentation Fridge in colder ambient temps

    I'm thinking about turning a small fridge of mine from college into a fermentation chamber and getting a adjustable temp controller for it. The thing is though, I'll be keeping it in the basement where the temp gets pretty low. If the temp in the basement is down to say 55 degrees and I want...
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    Citra IPA recipe feedback

    Hey guys - I'm going to be doing an extract Citra IPA in about a week and I wanted to post my recipe to see what you guys thought about it. Its the first recipe that I've made on my own so I really would appreciate the help. 2 lbs 40L caramel/crystal (steeping) 6.3 lbs Northern Brewer Super...
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    Slight bleach/soap taste

    So I'm relatively new to homebrewing, I brewed a batch a couple years ago that turned out awful and it kind discouraged me for a while, until recently. After a lot of research (most on HBT) and realizing all of the things I did wrong that first batch I've brewed a couple of batches that have...
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