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    Major siphon issues....

    So I've been brewing AG for several years and have never had an issue with basic siphoning from the fermenter to the bottling bucket (I use an auto-siphon). A couple brewings ago, I was having issues drawing air into the auto-siphon and also losing the siphon altogether. I usually use a mesh...
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    Pump for immersion chiller

    I have to improve my AG cooling methods due to the fact our tap water is over 80. I have been running tap water through a pre-chiller placed in a cooler of ice water then over to the immersion chiller until it gets down to about 110 (10-15 mins). I'm not sure the pre-chiller is very effective...
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    Dumb mistake...too much corn sugar....

    So as I was calculating the weight of corn sugar to use for bottling my Kolsch, I took the number calculated for DME off Beersmith instead of corn sugar which was about 30% more. Didn't realize until after everything was bottled. So for my 3 gallon bottling amount, I used 3.9 oz. instead of...
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    Temp to use when calculating amount of priming sugar?

    I've always used the fermentation temp to calcualte as my fermenting beers have all been at constant temps. I just did a Kolsch and I have cold crashed it at 40 degrees. When I calculate the priming sugar, should I use my fermentation temp (64 degrees) or the temp at the time of bottling which...
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    Bottling a Kolsch

    I have a Kolsch that is in the primary right now and I know it is common to cold crash/secondary at a much colder temp. Since I'm a bottler, I'm concerned that if I store it at a cold temp for too long, I'll lose viable yeast needed for carbonation. Any suggestions on this? Should I cold crash...
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    Last 2 brews very under-carbonated...

    I've done about 14 all-grain beers over the past year and never had any bottle carbonation issues. I use Beersmith and always calculate out the weight of corn sugar to add according to my final bottling volume. I brewed a Russian Imperial Stout a couple months ago and when I tried it, it was...
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    Yeast starter....problem??

    So I was planning to make my biggest AG beer to date this weekend....a Russian Imperial Stout at 1.094 OG. I figured this would be a good opportunity to try my first yeast starter as well. I generally use Wyeast Activator packs so I figured I would buy 2 London Ale III 1348 for this brew and...
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    Batch sparging high OG brew...

    I am planning to do an Imperial Russian Stout next weekend which will have an OG of 1.094. I usually double batch sparge which works out well and I typically add close to 3 gallons on each sparge for my normal beers. This one shows I will use only 2 gallons per sparge since I'm adding so much...
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    Tasty and aromatic...to bland and no aroma

    I'm having a strange issue I hope someone could help with. I did my 7th all-grain about 6 weeks ago (Dude's Lake Walk Pale Ale). I bottled these a month ago but tried one at 2 weeks as I always do. It was by far my best brew yet. Wonderful hop aroma (dry-hopped) and fantastic flavor with that...
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    Missing OG.....

    I just finished AG session #7 (Dude's Lake Walk Pale Ale). Since I got a Barley Crusher, my past 4 brews have hit 85% efficiency into the boiler consistently. I'm hitting my pre-boil volumes exactly as planned and calculated SG has been within a point every time. I also have figured out on my...
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    Siphoning issue from secondary

    I went to rack my Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale clone from the secondary to my bottling bucket today and ended up having non-stop siphoning issues for the first time ever (I use an auto-siphon). I dry-hopped in the secondary so I put a hop bag over the end of my siphon to prevent the hops (I...
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    First AG....burning sensation??

    Well, I did my first AG a month ago (Edworts' Haus Pale Ale). Everything went really well with the brewing, seemed to hit the numbers and mash temps OK. Efficiency a little low in the mid-60's but other than that, nothing odd happened. I opened my first bottle at 3 weeks and although the beer...
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    Storage of milled grain...

    Well, I was supposed to do my first AG this weekend and ordered everything from AHS on Monday. Dang UPS was supposed to have it here today but never showed up and their tracking info of course hasn't updated in over 3 days. I may have to wait 2 more weekends before I'm able to brew. I ordered...
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    Post-boil cooling...outside OK??

    I will be doing my first AG brew next weekend and I have a 10g stainless pot I will be using to make a 5-gal batch. I will be boiling my brew outside using a propane cooker on the patio. I have a wort chiller and initially planned to bring it inside and hook the chiller up to the kitchen...
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