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  1. nhindian

    Diagnosing a stalled fermentation

    Hi all, I brewed a 10 gallon batch of Yoopers Oatmeal Stout on Sunday and as of yesterday, there really wasn't much activity at all. I understand that it can still be working without visible signs, but there was still very little this morning. Some facts.. 1. Made a 2750ml starter on Wednesday...
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    All equipment... but no stand yet.

    Hi all, I'm planning on brewing 40gal of beer for my wedding in May. Unfortunately, bad weather has set my brewing schedule back. I have a brew day scheduled this Sunday, but the weather has also prevented me from finishing my brew stand... So here's the rub: I upgraded to a 10gal system with...
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    Oak age in primary?

    Is it okay to oak age in primary? I have a porter I am adding rye whiskey and 2oz of oak cubes to. I don't plan on letting them sit for more than 2.5 weeks, and I'd rather not rack to secondary if I don't have to. Thanks!:rockin:
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    What to buy next for an upgrade?

    Hey all, I am currently brewing 5 gallon batches and moved on to all grain about 4 batches ago. I have the ingredients for two more batches but just waiting on some fermentation space. In this lull I was thinking about how to upgrade from here. The end goal is eventually to go all electric...
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    Brew Stand / Cart "Wish List"?

    Hi all, I am thinking of finally designing and commissioning a brew stand and want to get input from those who already brew on one. What are some things to keep in mind or design allowances for, like wiring for electricity, pump location and mounts, chiller mounts, etc. Etc. I am currently...
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    Boil kettle not large enough for 90 min boil...

    Hi, I was planning on brewing a Pliny clone today with one of my brew buddies, but he had to travel for work so I am now flying solo. However, he was the one with a larger kettle, so I only have my own gear to work with now. I have a 7 gal kettle and this is a 6 gallon batch. Would it be...
  7. nhindian

    Boil kettle not large enough for 90 min boil...

    Hi, I was planning on brewing a Pliny clone today with one of my brew buddies, but he had to travel for work so I am now flying solo. However, he was the one with a larger kettle, so I only have my own gear to work with now. I have a 7 gal kettle and this is a 6 gallon batch. Would it be...
  8. nhindian

    Can I chill wort for starter overnight?

    Hi, I am making a stepped starter and am currently crashing the starter in the fridge overnight. I was going to wake up tomorrow and make the next step and add it to the starter so that it can get going and be ready for brewing on Sunday, but I found out I have to be up and out the door early...
  9. nhindian

    Making a yeast starter with older yeast

    I was planning on brewing a 1.070 OG DIPA on Saturday and I usually make my yeast starters on Thursday. However, after looking at the yeast packaging date, Mr. Malty is saying I'd need a 3.4L starter. However, I only have a 2L flask. What's the best way to deal with this? If I push my brew...
  10. nhindian

    First foray into all-grain.. help with water analysis?

    Hi all, I am planning my first all-grain brew day tomorrow after a few months of extract. I bought "Water" from the Brewing Elements Series, but due to a move, wedding planning, and job responsibilities I haven't had as much time as I wanted to really dig into it. I have used bottled water in...
  11. nhindian

    Should I pitch this yeast? Stir plate explosion.

    Hey guys, I planned on brewing tonight, but when I got home I heard the stirplate acting a little unbalanced. I went over and saw that it actually started fermenting out of the flask, even so much as popping the foam stopper out of the neck (not completely, but it was askew) I have no idea...
  12. nhindian

    Looking for a thermometer for AG brewing...

    Hi, I am making the jump to AG brewing soon and stuck on what thermometer to get.. I'm in between the Thermapen and a thermocouple from Thermoworks, specifically this: http://www.thermoworks.com/products/handheld/mtc.html + http://www.thermoworks.com/products/probe/tc_wire.html : Model...
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    "Easy" first all-grain recipe?

    I've been an extract brewer for about 8 batches now but have been getting the itch to move to all-grain. What would be a good recipe to start with that can get me comfortable with the new brewing procedure with the new equipment? Or does it not really matter?
  14. nhindian

    First all-grain setup with keggles?

    Hello all, I am thinking of stepping up to all grain brewing this month and would like to know the best options. I found two kegs for scrap so I was thinking of at least using one for the boil kettle. 1. For the boil kettle, what are my best options for fittings? I guess I would like a...
  15. nhindian

    Several brews under my belt... now what?

    Hey all, I did a marathon brew session this weekend - 3 batches in two days. This brings my total up to around 9 different recipes. I am currently an extract brewer, but feel I should start adding. Any thoughts? I think my equipment sort of leans towards the 'advanced' side of the beginner...
  16. nhindian

    What to do with used fruit?

    I have a gluten free beer that I put into secondary with 5 pounds of blueberries, planning on letting them sit for about 1.5-2 weeks. Is it worth trying to salvage the berries after I rack to my bottling bucket? Or will they pretty much be completely destroyed by that point? Was thinking...
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    Infection or just yeast / krausen?

    Hey all, I made my first gluten free beer which also was my first try with using Whirlfloc as well. I went down to my basement to take a gravity reading a few days ago and saw this. There was also some mild airlock activity even though it was about 11 days after brewing. However, it was a little...
  18. nhindian

    When to freeze hops?

    Hey all, I'm brewing an IPA today and had a good deal on a lb of Mosaic hops. If I put some in the boil today, is it worth freezing them if I plan on dry hopping with them as well? Or will they be fine in the fridge for ~2-3 weeks after opening?
  19. nhindian

    Will using maltodextrin help me with this issue?

    I brewed a pumpkin ale that I added rum and oak cubes to when I transferred it to secondary. On Wednesday it hit 2 weeks in secondary and I gave it my first try to see how it was coming along. I noticed it was a little thin and dry. I added about 16oz of rum so I think that may have been a...
  20. nhindian

    Gluten Free Blueberry Saison, extract recipe

    Hey all, I am planning on brewing a gluten free saison for my wedding since my fiance has a gluten intolerance. I've brewed 3 batches so far, all extract, and all have been kit, some with modifications. The beers I've made were a brown ale, a pumpkin ale (still sitting on oak and rum), and a...
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