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  1. beowulf

    Should I add CaCl2 to mash, sparge or both?

    I just received my water report from Ward Labs, and I think I have identified what may be giving a harsh bittering in my darker beers....I'm guessing at least part of the reason may be due to the high sulfate concentration....especially in proportion to the chloride level. If anyone thinks...
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    Ideas for an unconventional or unlikely hop combinations for an IPA?

    Greetings - I'm looking to build a new IPA recipe and have been thinking about using a hop combination that you don't see very often. I've made a number of IPAs with the classic American hops in addition to English styles, ESBs, etc... I bought a lot of hops last year at the yard sale from...
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    Hey Norwegians...what can you tell me about vørterøl?

    I'm looking to use some vørterøl for making verterkake. I have been to Norway and have had vørterøl, but don't know much about the recipe that breweries such as Hansa and Aass use. So, would I start with a regular beer recipe such as for a porter or a brown ale and just set aside some...
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    First cascade harvest...wow

    Some pics of my first cascade harvest. The first pic is actually from the top of the bine (which sort of slipped off the rope and slumped over). I have it lowered for easier picking. My hops are actually 2 years old, but the first year they were in pots just staying alive until I could get my...
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    Etiquette regarding out-of-state or non-local competitions??

    Just curious to hear what you thought about entering out-of-state or non-local competitions. I know that the big ones like NHC attract homebrewers from around the country. However, do most people find it in good taste to enter out-of-state or non-local competitions? I know that it's legal...
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    Thinking about an ESB with Admiral hops....anyone tried it?

    So I got in on the Hopsdirect yard sale and picked up a pound each of 5 different types, 4 of which I haven't used before. One of them is Admiral. I looked around on HBT and there aren't a lot of posts related to this hop, so I thought I'd reach out to see if anyone has used this in an ESB or...
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    Why do homebrewers seem to use carapils more than breweries?

    Is this just a perception on my part? I see a lot of carapils in IPA and Pale Ale recipes (among others) here on the site, but rarely if ever see it when a brewery lists the grains they use. Do breweries use it more than they admit to, or are they using a different technique to add body? Is...
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    Need more juniper flavor with dried berries

    I've tried a couple of recipes with Juniper (Rye IPA and Juniper Black Ale), and I just can't seem to get enough flavor, and pretty much no aroma from the juniper. I've been using the dried juniper berries from Penzey's. In both batches, I crush the berries very well with a mortar and pestle...
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    Malty session IPA...is it possible?

    Giving this a shot this weekend....something rich and hoppy but keeping the abv low so the wife can enjoy it a bit more. She LOVES IPAs (her favorite style) but not necessarily the high abv. My IPAs are usually in the 7-8% range so I thought I would take a stab at a smaller version. I'm...
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    Test to better understand rye flavor - Pale Ale comparison

    Like many folks, I've been using rye in a few recipes from IPAs to Stouts. However, while they've all been really good, I'm not sure if I can really pick out the rye flavor. I've seen a few other threads that ask the same question. Perhaps in my case it's because the IPA hops are so dominant...
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    Highest attenuation for Wyeast 1332??

    I have a big yeastcake from a ~5.8% abv Rye Stout where I used Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale, and would like to use part of it for a RIS. I've made a few batches with this yeast and so far the best attenuation I've had with it is about 75%, and that was with a Juniper Rye IPA. This is a bit higher...
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    What causes/contributes to that lager-y "bite"?

    I'm sure there's a reason for it but I don't know what it is. Most lagers that I've tried have the same bite...just sort of a dryness I guess toward the finish. Everything from BMC up to SN's Beer Camp California Common....they all have it. Any lager experts out there care to hazard a guess...
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    Beer buy from Colorado trip

    As I'm sure most of you do, I like to check out the liquor stores in places I visit. It's amazing the beers you hear about on HBT that you can't get at home. Although I try to stick with my own brews most of the time, I sometimes can't help myself when tempted by something new, rare or coveted...
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    How to keep from overattenuating my barleywine?!?!

    I know, this is not the typical problem...overattenutation. It might not necessarily be a problem in this case either, but I thought I would get some opinions on it. I brewed a barleywine this past Saturday and pitched it on a Notty yeastcake. For the key numbers, the wort had an OG of...
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    Forgot to add crystal malt to a stout recipe....what should I expect?

    So I was building up a clone of the Founders Breakfast Stout, using this post as a foundation: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f68/founders-breakfast-stout-clone-139078/ Well, somehow while making substitutions, the C120 got removed. I think I originally planned to substitute with C60, but...
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    Has anyone actually brewed a hopless beer? and without bittering of any sort?

    I'm sort of surprised that I haven't found a post of a recipe where someone tried making a hopless beer. Maybe I just haven't looked hard enough. And I'm not talking about substitutes using heather, horehound, yarrow or some other herb. I understand the point of using substitutes (for...
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    86% attenuation??? ...let's hear it for Denny's Favorite 50

    Got your attention, did it? :) I know, I know....I was a little shocked myself. Looking at my BYO 150 clones magazine, this looks like Ruination-style attenuation....I'm positively giddy. 10-day ferment so far on an IIPA of (sort of) my own design. I think the magic is due in part (ok...
  18. beowulf

    Happy medium between yeast cake and starter?

    So I've been wondering something after reading the multitudinous threads on yeast starters and racking on yeast cakes.... I like the idea of reusing my yeastcake, which I've done twice with great success. However, I don't like to leave the cake sitting there for an extended period of time...
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    Anyone have a 'dilution tool' for IBUs? Affect on IBUs with a big starter?

    I'm brewing an IPA today ~1.075, and worked up a 3L starter over the last few days. I refuse to underpitch! :) Yeah, maybe my some accounts it's excessive....but better to have it and not need it...you know where I'm going with this... Anyway, I originally intended to cold crash so that...
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    Ye Olde Blueberry Ale....are blueberries a good compliment to an Old Ale?

    Right now my brew partner and I have a primary filled with a Fuller's 1845 clone (pretty close to a clone anyway). It's ready to bottle, and my brew partner and I are entertaining ideas of racking this onto a secondary filled with blueberries (~5 lbs or so). I've been reading some of the...
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