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  1. adhomebrew10

    Drilling Summit sbc490bi

    I have a Summit under cabinet kegerator which I would like to drill so I can move the C02 external. I was thinking the top would be the best place, maybe near the hole drilled for the draft tower. I cannot find any drawings from Summit that say whether any lines run through the top, however...
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    Filtering Wort

    This weekend, I attempted to strain my wort from the kettle into primary for the first time. After reading a lot of options, I used a paint strainer bag over a funnel. I use bags for my pellet hops, so that wasn't a problem, but the break material towards the bottom of the kettle very quickly...
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    Experience with WLP550

    I attempted my first Belgian yesterday using WLP550. It was my first in over a year and with all new equipment, so there were a few hiccups - exited to be back brewing though! Anyway, I made a starter, cold crashed, then decanted, warmed and pitched. I have made quite a few batches with...
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    Thermometer broke while making starter

    Hi All, I was making my first starter tonight and attempting to sanitize my flask. I had my brew thermometer in the bucket with it, and when I turned over the flask the thermometer broke. I thought I fished out all the pieces, but when cleaning up after pitching the yeast into the starter I...
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    Starter Size

    I am using liquid yeast for the first time for my Belgian Blonde (OG 1.067 @ 5.25g) next weekend. My LHBS had one pack left of WLP550 left, manufactured 2/28/2016. I have used Mr. Malty and various other calculators and get differing results for what size starter I need. According to this...
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    US-05 Packaging Soft

    I just got my ingredients for a brew tomorrow, and thought I would try US-05 instead of Notty. I haven't used US-05 in about 4 years, but I can't remember if this is supposed to be vacuum sealed like Nottingham? The instructions say not to use soft or damaged sachets, and I can hear the yeast...
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    Immersion Chiller Question

    I have been looking for a way to keep my IC rigid so that it doesn't bounce around so much. I settled on using 16 gauge copper wire to hold everything in place. My question is this: I couldn't find it bare at HD or lowes, but I did find it at Michaels (the kind used I assume for making...
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    Split Sparge?

    I am planning to do a robust porter this weekend (our Christmas beer), a 4g batch. I am still learning AG, so assuming 65% efficiency, and I am using 10lb grain. I plan to mash with 1.25qt, and that will give me approximately 8qt first runnings after absorption/deadspace (.5qt). This...
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    How much dead space do you have?

    I am just curious how much dead space people generally have in the MT? I have a 5g round cooler that I use and get about 1.5 qt using nothing but water and a stainless braid. I assume the actual is a bit less when in use (which is backed up by my AG batches), probably a quart or less...
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    First AG Batch!

    Yesterday I brewed my first all grain batch, an Irish Red. I spent a good 2 months planning the recipe and working though how I would make it all work. The day went WAY better than I expected it would (it just took 9 hours due to lack of experience). I was shooting for a mash temperature of...
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    Too little priming sugar?

    OK - So 5 weeks ago I bottled my brown ale. It was a 4 gallon batch, and I expected 3.75g in the bottling bucket - so I carbed to 1.9 volumes c02 using 2oz corn sugar. I actually ended up with just about 4g in the bottling bucket, so I needed about another half ounce of priming sugar. For 5...
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    Popped the top on my first bottle!

    OK... Admittedly, too early, but I couldn't wait. 3.5 days in the bottle, and I had to make sure it was carbing correctly. :rolleyes: A slight psst when I opened the bottle, but that was it. Otherwise only barely carbed. However, I must say, that is one of the best APA's I have ever...
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    Bottling Saturday... Few Questions

    I am set to bottle my APA on Saturday, which will be 4 weeks in the fermentor. Last Thursday I took a gravity reading, which was 1.012 (OG 1.050) which is right at my target, so I dry hopped (pellets). Questions: 1) I will try and not rack the hop sludge into the bottling bucket, but if...
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    Bad Thermometer... Partly Boiled Steeping Grains

    Well... I was steeping my grains today and noticed at about 25 minutes that the water was churning a little much. I looked at my thermometer.... 150. So I pulled out the thermometer and gave it a tap and put it back in and POOF... 190. Sigh... I was very upset for about 10 seconds before...
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    First Sample Ever - And it is GOOD

    I was going to wait until tomorrow to do a sample and dry hope my APA, but it has been in the carboy 3 weeks and the suspense was killing me. So I used my thief to suck up about 10oz of beer, then added 1oz cascades to dry hop. Then I took a hydrometer reading to get my FG, 1.012 (OG...
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    Yeast Rafts?

    Does anyone have a photo of what yeast rafts look like? The beer I brewed 2.5 weeks ago is still in the primary and since the krausen has subsided has had little, well... the best way I can explain it is.... tiny cottage cheese like lumps, very small and have grown at all in the last week or...
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    New Logo!

    This is the initial revision of my brewery logo. What do you think? Here is the same image as a GIF.. maybe it will work better.
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    Shelf life of corn sugar

    When I ordered my initial brewing ingredients, I ordered 5lb of corn sugar (accident). I only plan to use this stuff for priming bottles, so how long will it last if I keep it sealed? Will it be around longer than a twinke? :D -adhomebrew10
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    Yeast for english brown

    I am trying to determine which yeast to use for my new English Brown recipe. I am between Nottingham and S-04. It looks like Notty may attenuate too much, I definitely do not want too dry of a beer. Any advice/other suggestions (Dry yeast only plz).
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    First Brew Day In The Books!

    Hi All, Last Saturday (9-11) I brewed my first bath of beer, an extract APA with a recipe I came up with on my own (We will see how that works out). I have taken pictures of the process and plan to post those soon, but so far everything has gone well, aside from the first time blunders you...