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    McGsters Electric Brewery Rebuild

    After a few years of brewing on my steel shelving stand in front of my windows in the basement and many messes / spills, i decided i needed a more permanent home for my brewery that could handle the occasional spill / splash of boiling wort. I had also gone through several upgrades and...
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    Suitable Material For Brewery "Backsplash"

    After an incident with a camlock letting go in my electric brewery i'm relocating my setup to a new area and would like to install a backsplash to protect the wall from any splatters. Stainless costs an arm and a leg so i was wondering about other products like 20 gauge cold rolled steel...
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    Starter without Krausen Wyeast 2124.

    I'm wondering if anyone has any input on this. I received a new pouch of Wyeast 2124 and set it in a starter yesterday morning before i left for work (1liter at 1.030) when i came home there appeared to be no activity at all, no krausen was apparent and no ring from where the krausen might...
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    Fermentation stalled with Oktoberfest Lager WLP820

    I am brewing my 3rd Oktoberfest lager as i continually try and tweak my recipe and this is the first time i have had an issue with this yeast stalling mid fermentation. This was a killer batch to brew with a double decotation mash and i'm really debating what i should do with this batch...
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    Recirc eBIAB questions

    I am just curious who out there is running a recirc eBIAB setup and if they have any comments about how they find it works and how their brew days go. I ran recirc eBiab for awhile but after upgrading my kettle and getting a new grain bag i'm not able to recirc any more so i check the mash...
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    Camco 5500W ULDW Scorched Back to Back Brews

    Has anyone had any experience with this element scorching brews? I did a 90 minute boil on a barleywine in the summer which scorched and was ruined (tasted like ashes). I took the element off and there was a definite layer of 1/32" or so of black caked on scorching. I soaked it in PBW and...
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    Is it possible to sterilize bottles after bottling?

    Is it possible to sterilize a beer after its in the bottle? It may seem like a stupid question but even with thorough sanitation techniques when i produce a beer to age i end up with gushers. After i bottle if i consume all of the beer within 3 to 4 months everything is great but when i try...
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    BJCP Exam Prep

    I’m looking at starting to prep for the BJCP exam and I see the new style guide is posted on their site now in draft format. Should I study off the new guidelines or will there be any more changes coming up? Also, if anyone has any good resources to point me in the right direction for...
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    Blue moon clone to lambic?

    A few months ago i brewed a double batch of blue moon clone (from the thread on here). I kegged five gallons and finished it off last week, the other five gallons i had left in the secondary for a friend's wife. Turns out she is pregnant and no longer needs five gallons of beer :) I have been...
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    Possible Burnt Batch?

    I just brewed my 10th batch on my eBIAB setup (5500W ulwd element / recirc) and about halfway through the boil i could smell a burnt aroma in the air. When my wife came home she said it smelled like tobacco. The boil just finished and i can definitely taste a burnt coffee flavor. The recipe...
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    Water Calculations with Brewers Friend

    I have been bouncing around for the past year between Beersmith, Brewers Friend and Spreadsheets and i'm trying to force myself to use just one program. I think Brewers Friend has the advantage for me as i really like the way it logs my activity. However, when i use the water tool it seems...
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    Strange corny behaviour

    I ran into a new issue for me with one of my two new corny kegs. The kegs are brand new (i'm used to using 5th hand used kegs) and when when i dispense from the keg i only get foam. I have taken the poppet apart three times to no avail. I notice that when i press the poppet manually i get a...
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    Bringing the shine back to Stainless Pot after Soldering

    I'm not sure if anyone else has had this issue but after silver soldering a 1.5" TC and a 1/2" welding spud onto my stainless pot the heat / flux has left large areas of the tank dull / discoloured and where the flux ran down the side of the kettle i'm starting to get some rust. Whats the best...
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    Party Pig for Pre Carbonated Beer

    So i have had a party pig sitting around... forever unopened that i received as a gift and i was hoping to get some use out of it. I have pre kegged / carbonated beer that i was going to put into it to bring to a party. If i add the pre carbonated beer from the keg to the pig will i have to...
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    Portable BIAB Setup

    I'm looking for some advice from experienced BIAB brewers. I have a 15 Gal eHERMS setup for my main brewery but i just found out i may be moving away for 10 months, back for 2, then away for 10 again. Clearly my brewery will not be able to move with me and i don't want to give up on brewing...
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    Hop Science - Dry Hop / Hop Stand Temperature

    Just curious if anyone out there has come across any articles discussing hop flavour / aroma extraction at temperatures below boiling. The benefits of hop stands are widely talked about, but you are getting a sliding temperature scale as your beer chills. Recent studies on dry hoping show...
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    Vegas Bound, Beer Selection / Availability?

    I'm heading to Vegas on monday and i'm wondering where i would be able to track down some beer, and what i should try to track down. Last time i was in Vegas i was surprised that i didn't see much for beer selection, i had to drive off the strip to a whole foods and that was the best i could...
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    What makes a great American Wheat

    Hey everyone, I'm looking to brew an American wheat this weekend and it's my first time trying this style all grain. I'm looking for a recipe that would give me a good chance in a competition but when I look through the results from the NHBC table I see very few recipes for American wheats...
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    Brew Kettle Design

    Having just ordered my new 25 gal brew pot to replace my keggle i thought i should start thinking about changing my design. My keggle was haphazardly added to as i advanced through the hobby and now it looks like some sort of franken kettle with thermometers and valves sight glass 1.5" TC...
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    Boil Kettle Sizing

    I'm looking at upgrading my boil kettle from my ~15 gal keggle. The intent was to upgrade to a 20gal (80qt) pot so i could do a full 15 gal batch but i'm looking at the pricing on the pots and the 80qt runs around 105 shipped and the 100qt is only 20$ more. Would you opt for the larger...
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