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    Connecting Collar to Freezer Lid Conditions

    Alright, I am about to use liquid nails to attach the collar to the freezer lid. It seems like liquid nails takes a week to fully dry so here's my question: Is it possible for me to set up the kegerator and fire it up (or, in this case, cool it down) and keep some heavy objects on it for a week...
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    Dumb Question: How do you add DME to a beaker?

    I've just begun making yeast starters and had been using a beaker. I've tried searching for this and found that some people put the DME in before heating the water but I found that out because of all the "scorched DME" threads. The steam seems to turn it into a paste before I can get it all in...
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    SMASH Saison with 2-row and Saaz

    Hey, I have only made a saison once before with very different ingredients. I was hoping to brew this week and wanted to make one with what I have on hand. What do you guys think of using just 2-row and Saaz? I'd like it to be on the lower end of the scale with ABV which is why I'm using so...
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    Pitching a wild yeast but wanting to save both

    Hey, I tried searching but am terrible about what the terms are. I think of this as a secondary fermentation but all my searches just brought up racking to a secondary bucket or carboy. Anyway, here's my question: My wife is brewing a Port Barrel-aged Belgian Brown Ale (which looks like it...
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    Forgot a starter for repitching two-month old yeast

    I'm in the midst of my mash and realized that I never made a starter for my belgian wit yeast. I harvested it from a batch at the beginning of July. What I've read is that the yeast is fine being that old but that I should have put it in a starter a few days ago. What should I do now? The...
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    Anyone no Matthew Vassar's ale recipe?

    My wife and I both met at Vassar College and competed as Brewers (our mascot, well before we got into this hobby). It was founded by a brewer and we would love to recreate his beer. Has anyone happened to stumble upon it? I know they recreated it in 1992 so the recipe must be out there but I...
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    Beer improves over time. Is this true with IPAs?

    I've made a number of IPA batches and they all seem to taste the liveliest and best soon after being made. I just drank an all-amarillo that was amazing when it was first made (in November, I think) and it was ho hum now and nothing compared to the last two batches. I've heard hops mellow...
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    Recommend a Red Ale extract recipe please

    I did a search but ended up finding a million posts and a few recipes but none that people seemed very confident in. I brewed the All-Amarillo recipe from this forum that was AMAZING. My wife is getting into my beer and wants to try it herself. She's decided on making a red ale. I'm...
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    Can I make a wort chiller with no tools?

    I've searched through a number "building a wort chiller" threads and I'm wondering if I can do it with no tools. The biggest question is attaching the hose adapter. I would hate for it to be a poor job and start spraying water in the wort but buying tools would make it too expensive to...
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    Accidently brewed my first full-boil

    My wife took the kids yesterday and suggested that I should brew. I didn't think twice and jumped at it since I had recently gotten the ingredients for the 60 minute IPA Dogfish-clone from "Extreme Brewing." (I know there's a similar recipe on these boards but decided to go with this one...
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    Pronunciation of Amarillo hops?

    So I just made the Amarillo IPA (or at least a very close rendition) that I learned about on these boards. I cracked into my first bottle tonight and it's awesome! I want to brag about it to my friends but, embarrassingly, don't know how to pronounce the hops. Is it Amary-o (spanish...
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    Found an Organic IPA kit on sale

    I figure it's on sale because it's been sitting on the shelf but it's "2009" so it can't be too old but I'll probably replace the yeast just to be safe. My first kit was a Brewer's Best IPA and I really liked it so I'm excited about this one. It's $27 (including their 10% off sale until...
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    mixed trub from brewpot into wort, what should I do now?

    I was a fool and, on my second batch, was overcompensating for how tough a time I had previously cooling off my wort and stirred it a few times. The problem is that I stirred up all the trub from the bottom of the brewpot into the wort. Right now, it's all in the fermentor minus a little...
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    Wee Heavy extract recipe recommendation?

    I would like to brew a Wee Heavy as my second batch. I don't mind steeping grains but want to keep it fairly simple (or at least likely to succeed). I've found some recipes but can't find any comparisons so wondered what you all thought. Groundskeeper Willie's Wee Heavy - looks like a...
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    Questions now that I've tasted my first batch

    I made a brewer's best IPA that came out AMAZING! I couldn't be happier about the results. But there were a number of things that didn't seem to go right that I wanted to ask about (boy there's a lot of time to contemplate all the ways you went wrong before you get to taste the final product)...
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