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    Brew Clubs?

    I've been brewing for a year now and have made the jump to AG. I've heard of brew clubs but don't really know what goes on at meetings. Do they tend to be swap meets, people just hanging out enjoying brews swapping stories, do you brew together at meetings. Anyone in Chicago who has insight to...
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    New Pot Size

    Looking into new brew kettle to go from partial mash/partial boil to go to full boil all-grain. I found a 11 gallon for 85 or a 9 gal for 72. I have no plans of upgrading to batches larger than 5 gallons, but would like to do high gravity beers. So which one should i buy. If 9 gal is all ill...
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    First High Gravity aeration question

    Today I brewed my first high gravity beer. An imperial stout at 1.086. I pitched half the yeast cake from a previous Irish Red ale using Irish ale yeast. I aerated by pouring vigouresly between pot and bucket about 8 times. This was at noon. I read that sometimes you need to aerate again at 12...
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    Big beer on smaller beer cake?

    I brewed an Irish Red OG 1.050 using Wyeast Irish Ale, that im racking to secondary in a few days. I have a stout planned with an OG of 1.085 that i wanted to use the same yeast. If i fermented on the yeast cake would that be too high of a yeast count? So should i just pour wort on cake or wash...
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    Empty Briess LME containers to Store Grain

    Im doing partial mashes right now and am using Briess LME containers to make up the difference. My question is can I use the empty washed screw on containers to store my extra specialty grains(uncrushed) and if so how long would the grain stay good
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    Forgot to sanitize Thief, should I worry?

    It's late and I plan on bottling tomorrow, took a gravity reading four days ago. On that day I sanitized the thief took sample, tasted awesome, not so much on smell but not horrid. I cleaned it after and put it back in the box I keep all my brewing supplies. Tonight when I took off the lid there...
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    FG off by 3 points twice

    Brewed 2 beers with the same yeast, the second being on the first yeast cake. I used Wyeast 1010 american wheat. I checked my hydrometer, one time in tap water off by .002, then tonight it was at 1 in tap water. But both of me beers have finished at .003 higher than beersmith calculated the FG...
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    What should I brew next?

    So far Ive brewed an Irish Red kit, a kiwi wheat ale, and a blond. My fermentor will be freed up at the end of february. At which point ill have two months to get from boil to bottle before i move. Dont want to move fermenter and risk oxidation. So should i go for two brews in two months or one...
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    how much starsan in bottle.

    Bought a 32 oz spray bottle. Was going to fill witg starsan solution and realized i only need 1/20 of an oz per instructions. Is it ok to go stronger. How do you measure it when filling a spray bottle
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    First Partial Mash, Sound Right?

    Ive read Palmers book but I dont recall a Partial mash section, any tips appreciated, here goes my thought process Use 5 gal pot to mash about 5-6 lbs base malt and specialty malts using biab, using 2-2.5 gallons water, then after the 60 min at 150(using oven to hold temp, think 170 oven temp...
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    5 gal bucket, batch size?

    Ive read that 5 gal buckets can be bought real cheap at lowes. What size batch should I make if I were to use one. 3.5 or 4 gal. The nice thing would be I could at least do full boil : )
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    Harvesting Yeast

    I bought a wyeast american wheat that i want to harvest in order to use again. Anyone have luck harvesting yeast and making a starter from the trub after racking. I just rather do it while I have my bucket of sanitizer and kitchen prepped then getting it off the krausen and risking contamination?
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    Fermenting Temp Swings

    I have an american wheat in primary. Pitched wyeast american wheat 1010 smsck pack into 66 wort. Bubbled after 24 hours. Unfortunstely my fermentor reading was at 67 last night but when i got home it was up to 70. I keep my house at 68 at night, 72 in the day( girl doesnt like it colder) will a...
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    Upgrading to full boil and AG, possible in kitchen

    I live in an apt so cant take my brewery outdoors. Im doing 5 gal extract batches now in a 5 gal pot. First thing is I want to upgrade to full boil, then to all grain batch sparging. My question is has anyone else had luck doing this in thier kitchen, I just don't think my burner can crank out...
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    SG too high above Beersmith calc

    I took a OG after adding my top off water to my fermentor. The hydrometer read 1.064, but beersmith calculated my OG to be about 1.057 and even if I set efficiency to 100% its still only 1.062 I did what I believe is a partial mash. I heated 3 qts water to 160 then added 1lb flaked wheat and 1...
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    First Recipe. Opinions

    6.6 lbs Briess Wheat lme 1 lb 2 row 1 lb flaked wheat .5 lb honey wheat 1 oz Magnum hops 1 oz hallertau hops
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    Cleaned Fermentor, smells like beer

    I cleaned my fermenter with easy clean that came in Midwest starter kit with proper amount and a nonabrasive sponge for 5 min straight. Still smells like wort but no visible dirt or grime, minus a slight yellow tinted ring above where krausen residue was. Is this a problem, do i need to clean...
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    wheat beer help

    Im going to brew an extract wheat beer. I picked up flaked wheat because i read it adds mouthfeel and haze im looking for. I later read it just adds unfermentables without mashing another grain with it. Should i steep it or just save or for another brew with otger steepable specialty grains
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    New Brewer - Sour beers

    Sours is my favorite style and I have a harder time finding a good variety in the MW. I know that you use wild yeast strains and lacto bacteria but is it a lot easier to screw up. I feel like theres as much info on this style any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Or just the title of a...
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    Sanitize or Heat Sterilize Bottles

    Will be bottling in a week. In Palmers book he mentions heat sterilizing using the oven. Does anyone do this or should i just use sanitizer? If i use sanitizer should i allow to dry before filling with beer? Thx first post, first brew, very excited!