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  1. drubes14

    Maple Syrup Barrel - to clean or not to clean?

    I ended up soaking with hot water a few times, and then leaving water in for 3 days. It was a bit leaky, but I ended up certainly losing initial flavor bump having tasted the water I dumped after the 3 days. I tried to restore some with adding bourbon and maple syrup back in which helped a bit...
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    Spontaneous refermentation in bottle?

    Hey guys - came back to a case I had bottled (keg carbed) about 2 months ago. On one or two of the bottles, it looks like someone shook the beers up. There's a bubbly head on the top. I know no one has touched them. Photo below. I had cold crashed these puppies and force carbed them so no extra...
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    DC Area Group Buy #22

    I can buy the 10# oats, by the way, or can split it with someone if anyone is interested. Dave
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    DC Area Group Buy #22

    Thanks Tony. To confirm, was this the white wheat malt or the flaked white wheat?
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    DC Area Group Buy #22

    Hey guys - any takers to close out splits 14 (flaked oats) and 19 (flaked white wheat)? Only 5 lb left of each.
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    Imperial Stout Double-W Imperial Stout

    Plan on doing this later this year! Gonna brew up a slightly modified version (may drop the rye and add a touch more caramunich), and then do as a first run on my rye whiskey/maple syrup barrel.
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    New Home Depot Utility Cart Brewstand!

    yeah, would recommend looking at the original stand I posted. It's rated at a few thousand pounds, and has cross slat supports to support the weight. you can still do multiple tiers in the one i posted. you set the height of the shelves that you want, and could just use an angle grinder to cut...
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    New Home Depot Utility Cart Brewstand!

    We've made a few upgrades since then, but it's still going strong. The slots for the cross supports actually make great places to hang hooks and mount pumps/switches. You can see in the photo that we use the uprights to also dry out our silicone hose. The cart has gotten fairly wet from wort...
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    Maple Syrup Barrel - to clean or not to clean?

    Hi all! Hope this is the right sub forum for this. I received my first barrel today - 8 gallon rye whiskey barrel, aged once with maple syrup. I'm really excited. Here's my quandary - the maple syrup has crystallized to a good degree on the inside of the barrel. the wood seems pretty dense...
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    New post a picture of your pint

    Got one in primary myself!!
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    Tepache sour?

    Awesome! Will do, and likewise keep us posted too.
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    Tepache sour?

    Has anyone messed around with doing a yeast starter from tepache? It's a fermented beverage from panela sugar and pineapple juice popular in Mexico. My girlfriend and I made a batch and I've taken the dregs from the ferment. I am doing a starter now. Flavor after fermentation for tepache is...
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    Wooden Barrel // Jockey Box - Wooden Spigot Durability?

    Exactly why I'm asking ;) Want my beer to stay cold but still be able to be dispensed in period vessels!
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    Wooden Barrel // Jockey Box - Wooden Spigot Durability?

    Hi all. So I had a kind of crazy idea to turn an old barrel or nail keg into a portable jockey box. Basically, you'd fill the inside of an old 5-10 gallon barrel with waterproof insulating spray foam, add an SS coil on the inside, add a beer shank and tap, and a beer line in from your corny...
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    New post a picture of your pint

    first NE IPA - El Dorado, Mosaic, and Azacca, ringing in at 6.5%. The profile keeps evolving in the keg.. quite good.
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    Blonde Ale Centennial Blonde (Simple 4% All Grain, 5 & 10 Gall)

    Just brewed with lemondrop instead of Cascade on Sunday. Will let you know how it turns out. Same hop schedule.
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    Major efficiency bump with continuous circulation/fly sparge

    Thanks Gadjobrinus. When I autotuned the PID, I didn't have insulation on the HLT and it was taking 10-15 minutes to gain a degree of temp due to heat loss from the stainless keg. That shortened to about 2-3 minutes with the insulation on there. Hugely helpful.
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    Major efficiency bump with continuous circulation/fly sparge

    Sharing some success and anecdotal evidence on efficiency gains from our latest 2 batches. This is more or less a process update, so let me know if you have any feedback or questions! Bottom Line: Constant wort recirculation and doing a fly sparge (instead of batch sparge) appears to have...
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    New post a picture of your pint

    Chamomile Honey Wheat from last fall!
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    New post a picture of your pint

    And a 14 point crib hand.
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