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    Need a kegerator or keezer

    I have read the stickies and around the forums, and while they are great information, they are a little dated. Are there any more recent posts that people know of with current models that can still be purchased? I am looking for something that can hold 2 cornies and a 5-lb bottle.
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    Scrooge McDuck's Lucky Ale (Strong Scotch Ale)

    I have decided to try a Strong Scotch Ale in my new 10 gallon all grain setup. I thought it might be fun to post what I am going to brew ahead of time. I love Scotch Ales, especially the very high alcohol content variety. Its a talent to be able to hide 10% + in a delicious package. Recipe...
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    Secondary Addition Timing

    If I am going to add stuff to my secondary (oak cubes, dry hopping, etc) does it matter when I rack my pri -> sec ? Should I wait 2 weeks (when I normally wait to move my beer if I am going to age it for > 4 weeks) or just when the airlock stops bubbling? Specifically I am going to be using...
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    Pumpkin beer partial grain techniques?

    I have just switch to partial grain (almost full grain, but cheater brew in a bag by northern brewer) and I have no clue how to implement a pumpkin beer effectively using this technique. The last pumpkin beer I made using extract, I lost about a gallon and a half of a 5 gallon batch from trub...
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    How bad is my infection version 53

    So After a year+ of homebrewing and using these forums, I've seen numerous threads of "how bad is my infection/can I recover?" I finally had my first infection and just ditched it (it was only about 2 gallons, but it had completely crapped up pretty rapidly). A month or so later, a new 5...
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    Am I doing it right (hops)?

    I love hops and hoppy beers. Ive never used any sort of calculator for hop strategies, but as I brew more Im wondering if I need to. Right now I use a few thumbrules: I use the alpha% in early additions to dictate how bitter I want my brew. So if I am making an IPA I would be using 15%+ alpha...
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    Blackberry wine: fermenting

    I used the recipe from Jack Keller/Yooper but I didnt really mash the berries really well. Theres about a 1/4 gallon of sediment in the bottom and a 1/2 gallon of unbroken druplets. Will the pectic enzyme eventually break them down? Should i sanitize my blender, filter them out and blend and...
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    blackberry wine, and wine in general

    So I have been making homebrew for a few months now, and I am trying to get into wine making on the side. However, wine making info doesnt seem to be as good as beer making, possibly because it looks a lot easier, and clarity seems to be the hardest part of winemaking. It is blackberry...
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    from casual reader to craft beer maker!

    So I have been reading these forums off and on for about a year and a half and for the past month or 2, i have pulled the trigger and started buying my equipment. 2 weeks ago i made my first batches, based off northern brewer extract kits: wee heavy scotch ale and the 90 shilling scotch...
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    Good Source of Apple Juice

    Costco! Kirkland Signature Brand 2 Gallons of Not From Concentrate and only pasteurized for 6.99 for 2 gallons. For the non-purists and people that dont have access to large surpluses of apples ;p
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    tastes like caca :(

    so I started my cider back in july, for about a month in the primary, and another in a secondary, and about 2 months in a bottle. i opened one up, and it taste horrible. it has an overpowering aroma of yeast. its semi sour tasting, but i expect ciders to be real dry. im not giving up yet...
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    Any more good deals on 5gal PET bottles?

    Do good deals on 5 gal PET bottles still exist? Or has the BPA scare driven up prices permanently? You used to be able to get them for under 10 bucks at like lowes and hd, even if they were the 3 gal size, or even target used to have them. Now its impossible to find, and the only ones I can...
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    Twist bottles

    I am not sure how i missed this drinking 4 cases of Henry Weinhardt's, but I just found out they are twist tops :( On the up side, they do look a little thicker than other twist off caps that I have seen. Is sealing going to be my main issue? Breakage, because the threads are a little...
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    questions before i start some cider makin

    i think im gonna dabble in some cider making while i wait to get my beer making equipment setup, but i have a few questions yeast: are temps ok to get a little warmer because the fruity esters will most likely compliment the fruitiness of the cider? and also, can i be less picky about the...
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    Reprecussions of slightly out of band temps?

    I was just curious about what would happen if temps rose above 70F? Is it going to affect flavor, time to finish, effectiveness of the yeast? All of the above? Im just curious because the place where I intend on storing my carboys is pretty tight and climate control in the summer, doesnt get...
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    Western Washington

    Does anyone know a variety of hops that will thrive in a lot of rain? From what Ive read, most hops are sensitive to over watering, and the average annual rainfall in my area is 3x that of Yakima Valley. And on that note, a hop variety that will thrive in less sunlight due to more rainy days...
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    Extract Conversion

    Are there conversions between extract and all grain? It would be nice if the weight extracts were sold in were weight of the grain, but I have to ask ;p
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    Living brew vs clear brew

    I am about to take up home brewing, but for some reason the bottling and "living beer" concept doesnt sit well with me. I am just a little confused on where you draw the line for a living beer with live yeast in the bottle. Is there a way to minimize this, but still have enough to...