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    Looking for a Belgian

    I'm looking for a Begian style ale thats not very dark but that has a 8.5% ABV+. if anybody has had Dragonmeads Final absolution(its a local detroit brewery) i'm looking for something similar. Someting with a red/amber color would be perfect. i believe its a belgian tripple.
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    when adding hops question

    When it comes time to add the hops to the wort and there's still some foam on top do you have to wait till the foam is gone or is it ok to just put the hops in and start stiring.
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    I know that the higher the ibu the more bitter it will be but could somebody explain more what ibus are and how they effect the beer.
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    when i'm steeping grains I seem to have some trouble getting it right at the tempature it needs or holding it at that temp. If i wanted to steep at say 150 degrees about what temp should i start turning the temp down. and are there any tricks to getting the right tempature you want.
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    vanilla porter

    I have a porter in my primary that I'm about ready to rack to the secondary either tonight or tomorrow. My question is will it turn out ok if I add vanilla extract to it at the time I rack it to the secondary. Also how much vanilla should I put it i don't want it to be to strong of a vanilla...
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    Secondary fermentor?

    What purose or benefits does using a secondary fermentor have. Or what is the reasoning behind using one and when should a secondary fermentor be used.
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    Bottleing with DME

    I'm going to be making a Weizenbock soon and plan on carbonating it with DME. Its going to be a 5 gallon batch. What exactly is the procces i do and how much DME do i use.
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    Kegs for boiling

    I would like to get a keg for brewing. Where do you guys get the kegs from. I'm assuming that you guys just cut the top off of them and add a ball valve on the bottom with a high temp gasket. am i right?
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    fermenting times

    Does any body have a list or a link to a list of how long and at what tempatures different beers ferment at?
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    bottle sanitizing

    I'm going to be bottling my first batch of beer on friday. Should I sanitize my bottles right before I want to bottle or will the bottles be ok if i sanatize them a day or two before i bottle them.
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    water question

    I'm new to brewing and was wondering is it ok to use tap water for brewing does it affect the taste or quality at all and if its ok to use?