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    Pay for BeerSmith, or BrewTarget for free?

    I use brew target on my Linux laptop. I had stability issues with BeerSmith. I would've bought it if it wasn't crashing. In my opinion, brew target is ok, but BeerSmith is more widely used. Others I have spoken to are really happy with it.
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    Attenuation Conundrum

    I can't find any smoking gun... Both recipes are very similar. I'm guessing the ESB may not have been aerated as much, and may have required more time to ferment out.
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    Pipe smoking, a lost art.

    Just bought my first pipe and some tobacco. I definitely enjoyed the smoke... Need to work on how to pack the pipe properly.
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    RI Homebrew demand

    I live in Coventry. There is a general store near me that has some of the Brew Horizon's products. The selection is sparse, and not updates very often... I mostly buy DME there for starters if available, but they have extract kits and a few supplies there. I frequent Craft Brews Supplies...
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    Multi-step Mash in Cooler Mashtun

    Ok, so I found some information on denaturing of enzymes; most of the articles concentrate on what happens during mashout. I agree with all of the posts which suggest a decoction is utilized in order to not denature the enzymes in the liquid wort. With that said, I took a gravity reading...
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    Multi-step Mash in Cooler Mashtun

    You're probably right... I couldn't find any information on this technique at all. Figured I would try to be innovative. I should have figured that there's a reason it hasn't been done before. I hit my numbers, and It's fermenting, so it will be something.
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    Multi-step Mash in Cooler Mashtun

    So, I brewed Northern Brewer's Bavarian Hefeweizen all grain kit this week. The instructions suggested a traditional multi-step mash for those wanting to forgo the ease of a single infusion mash. My setup utilizes a 10 gallon Igloo cooler as a mashtun, so obviously it can't be directly heated...
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    I love PBR.

    I would say that I like PBR... If I can't decide what to drink, and it's on tap, I'll usually choose PBR. Can't beat it for the price!
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    Computer For Brewing?

    +1 for linux mint... It runs very well on my 2008 dell laptop that I got for free. Brew Target is a free software application for homebrewing. I just started using beersmith 2 with it, but it crashes occasionally, so I don't think it's worth the $27 for linux. Try it, you won't be sorry...
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    Computer For Brewing?

    +1 for linux mint... It runs very well on my 2008 dell laptop that I got for free. Brew Target is a free software application for homebrewing. I just started using beersmith 2 with it, but it crashes occasionally, so I don't think it's worth the $27 for linux. Try it, you won't be sorry.
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    Computer For Brewing?

    +1 for linux mint... It runs very well on my 2008 dell laptop that I got for free. Brew Target is a free software application for homebrewing. I just started using beersmith 2 with it, but it crashes occasionally, so I don't think it's worth the $27 for linux.
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    Recipe Building 101

    I bought the book "Designing Great Beers". Gives a good starting point for making your own recipe for many styles. I've blindly made great beers using this book as a starting point. You can also use existing recipes and tweak them... Your LHBS will be a great guide for tweaking any grain bill...
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    24 hour yeast starter?

    Depending on your OG, you should be fine directly pitching a single wyeast smack pack. I've done it as high as 1.070 with good results. Don't give up on the old yeast. I just revived some two year old yeast that I got for free (wlp099). You can store your starter for another brew.
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    Naval Aviation Home Bar

    Very nice!
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    CTZ Simcoe IIPA hop schedule help

    Thanks for all of the replies... I'll take all into consideration. I just wanted some opinions; keep 'em coming.
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    CTZ Simcoe IIPA hop schedule help

    As the title says, I want to create a double IPA using CTZ and Simcoe hops. I have never used this combo, so I am looking for some suggestions for the hop schedule. Here's what I've come up with. All constructive input is appreciated. Batch size 6 gallons, OG 1.082...
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    Where to buy temp controller?

    I did the DIY method with the STC-1000, couldn't be happier. My only advice would be to not use an old computer cable (or anything similar). I was afraid that the wire gauge was insufficient for a fridge/ freezer. I used a minimum of 14 gauge wire for mine. Good luck...
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    Anyone use hot water from boiler or indirect water heater?

    I also have the same setup, no problems with using my hot water.
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