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    Steep Days before Brew?

    Really? I've gotten a few from there too, but they've just been in regular bags. You paying them extra on the side? ;)
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    Steep Days before Brew?

    A thin-ish plastic bag in with a twist-tie on it. Maybe I should double bag w/a ziplock?
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    Steep Days before Brew?

    Okay. I've tried the freezer and I feel like it helps, but after a week or two they're still stale. :mad:
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    Steep Days before Brew?

    I have a strange question. I tend to get my extract kits days (or even weeks) before I have time to brew them. The problem is that my specialty grains come already ground so they often go stale. Anyone every tried steeping and then refrigerating the wort days before brewing the actual batch?
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    Chancellor Grape Variety

    What recipe did you use, esarkipato? I'm getting 70 lbs of Chancellors on Saturday, but I can't find much recipe-wise. Also, any ideas on cutting down on the sulphur production?
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    Carboy/ Keg Cleaner Giveaway

    I could use one of these!
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    Caramel Apple Mead

    I have a question about this. I assume I'm just adding 1 lb of Buckwheat honey to the carboy when I rack the mead. However, the recipe calls for a total of 2 lbs buckwheat honey. So, is this 1 lb, I quoted above, in addition to the 2 lbs listed?
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    Hard Cider - To heat or not to heat, that is the question.

    Thanks all. That's helpful. I've heard all sorts of opinions. What I was looking for was the "why" of heating vs. pasteurization.
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    Hard Cider - To heat or not to heat, that is the question.

    I'm making a batch of hard cider from juice that was pressed locally and frozen, but never pasteurized. I want to hear what people think about Camden tablets vs. pasteurizing (160 degrees for 15 mins or so) before adding yeast.
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    when are hops/grain too old?

    Thanks for the input. I ended up tasting a bunch of my old grain. Some of it was VERY dry and bland, even though it was a chocolate malt. I'm assuming that because it was missing the bitterness I expect from that roast, it was bad. However, I found some other grain that still had some flavor and...
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    5 gal. or 3 gal. boil better?

    Thanks all. I'm going to get supplies tomorrow. So, I'll try teh 5 gal and see what happens!
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    5 gal. or 3 gal. boil better?

    I have a chiller and I've never used a kit, so sounds like the consensus is 5 gal. boil, huh?
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    when are hops/grain too old?

    I extract brew with specialty grains and I have a tendency to save all my extras. Is there any way to tell if grain or hops are too old? I always seal them well and put them in the fridge/freezer, I just don’t know how to tell if they’re past their prime. Any thoughts?
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    5 gal. or 3 gal. boil better?

    I recently purchased a 36 qt. aluminum turkey fryer. So, I have enough room to boil all 5 gallons of wort. Is it better to boil all 5 gallons or boil only 3 and add water at the end?
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    Favorite Beer you buy to save the bottles?

    We have a great micro here in MI - Bells Brewing Co. I buy their beer almost exclusively when I'm not buying McEwan's Scotch Ale or Mackeson's XXX.
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    What's your average time in the bottle?

    Ha! yeah, usually...
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    What's your average time in the bottle?

    See, that just blows my mind. I've never had anything ready in less than like 3 months from bottling date! Am I doing something wrong?
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    What's your average time in the bottle?

    So 6 months is normal? Have you guys ever had anything that is totally ready to drink after 3 weeks? I just can't imagine that!
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    What's your average time in the bottle?

    I've been extract brewing for almost 2 years now. I always use a bucket for primary for about a week and a glass carboy for a secondary for 2 weeks or so, depending on the beer. Then I prime with a corn sugar before I bottle. My question is, how long do you guys usually expect a brew to be...
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    Can U make a 2 gal starter?

    Cool. Thanks guys!
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