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    I've done a few test boils with just water in my new 10.5 on 120V in our basement laundry room. I observed that the humidity to start in the room was about 48%, and after an hour boil it was about 72%. There is a window in that room so I will just open that and blow out the steam with a fan if...
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    Imperial Milk/Chocolate Stout BJCP Category?

    Hi all, My friend and I recently brewed an imperial stout (came in at 8.1% ABV) which we added lactose to toward the end of the boil, and then we also added cocoa nibs in secondary. Which BJCP category would this likely fit into? Sweet Stout (16A) caps at 6% ABV, so that doesn't seem right...
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    1 Gallon Glass Jugs....

    Brooklyn Brew Shop suggests 1/2 packet in the instructions that come with their kits. That's what I've been using and it works great.
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    Quick Recipe Question: LME/DME

    Hi all, I am going to be brewing a recipe this weekend that calls for "6.6 lbs." of LME, and "1 lb. 2 oz." of DME. My LHBS only carries LME. How much total LME should I purchase to make up for the DME? Thanks, Doug
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    Two packs of Safale US-05 vs. Rehydrating

    Well Bob, sure enough, it was fermenting like crazy! I just had to tighten down the lid on the fermenter a bit more, and then there was ton of airlock activity! ;) Thanks again for all the help. Doug
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    Two packs of Safale US-05 vs. Rehydrating

    Bob, I'm fermenting in a stainless conical. The thing seals pretty well, so typically the airlock is a pretty reliable method of detecting fermentation activity for me. :) We'll see! Doug
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    Two packs of Safale US-05 vs. Rehydrating

    Well, I added a bit too much top off water and ended up at 1.061. I did rehydrate the yeast, but it's now been 24 hours and there's no airlock activity. :-( If it doesn't take off b tomorrow evening, I'm going to add another packet of yeast.
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    Two packs of Safale US-05 vs. Rehydrating

    Hi all, I've spent hours trudging through the threads on rehydrating dry yeast vs. not rehydrating, and I'm still undecided. So here is my question: Tomorrow I am brewing a beer which I expect to have an OG of 1.070. I have seen many threads that say just sprinkling the dry yeast (Safale...
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    Recipe Volume Conversion Help

    Oh man...I might do this one instead, as I like Turmoil even more than W-10. ;-) Same question, however: Turmoil Cascadian Dark Ale clone (5 gallons/19 L, extract with grains) OG = 1.070 FG = 1.010 IBU = 94 SRM = 35 ABV = 7.9% Ingredients 6.6 lbs. (3.0 kg) Muntons light, unhopped...
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    Recipe Volume Conversion Help

    Hi all, I'd like to brew this on Saturday: However, I do full boils, and this recipe is for a 2.5 gallon boil. I'd actually like to end up with 5.5 gallons to account for the ~.5 gallons I lose in my conical to trub dumps. Can someone with Beersmith or the...
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    Fridge temp control.....

    I am currently fermenting my first batch of ale in my new fermentation chamber (an old side-by-side fridge) using a single stage Ranco in my garage. I have a Brewer's Edge space heater from Williams Brewing on the back wall of the fridge that's on all the time. The fridge is plugged into the...
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    Why did my beer turn out darker than it should have?

    Another question about late extract additions: if using LME, do you turn off your burner before adding your late addition, or just keep the boil going and stir like crazy so as to not scorch the malt on the bottom? Thanks, Doug
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    Conical: how to check volume?

    Cool, thanks for all the ideas everyone! I love this forum. :) Doug
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    Conical: how to check volume?

    I have a 7 gallon stainless steel conical which I recently used for the first time. As I was transferring my wort from the kettle to the conical, it occurred to me that I had no way to tell when I had reached 5 gallons of volume! Typically I will have to add a little water to get to 5 gallons...
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    Fermwrap for Conical?

    I recently purchased one of the 7 gallon stainless steel conicals from ebay. Now I am working on building my fermentation chamber out of a spare fridge. Does anyone use a Fermwrap heater on a conical? Does it go around the upper part of the fermenter or around the cone? Does anyone have...
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    Metallic Taste?

    I brewed a batch of IPA two weeks ago (extract plus grains). I drew a sample on Saturday, and it has a distinct metallic aftertaste. I did use a new stainless steel brewpot and false bottom purchased from my LHBS, but my understanding is that stainless steel should not impart any metallic...
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    Recipe Suggestion: Magnums and Cascades

    Hi all, I am going to brew this weekend, and I would like to use the hops I got from my first year plants. Here is what I ended up with: -7.75 oz. dried Cascades -0.5 oz. dried Magnums (yeah, that's it!) So, I was thinking of doing an APA/IPA using Magnums for bittering (the little...
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    Drying hops with a box fan

    I just harvested my first year Cascades. Woohoo! Now I am ready to dry them, and I'd like to use the box fan/furnace filter method. I have searched around, but I'm having trouble finding info on approximately how long it will take to dry them using this method, so that's my first question...