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  1. MagicSmoker

    The easy way to drain a BIAB bag

    I'm a relatively new brewer, and an engineer by profession, so it was inevitable that I would start tinkering with the brewing process at some point. It didn't take me too many batches before I realized that BIAB was the way to go (for me, anyway), but one step I had already come to loathe was...
  2. MagicSmoker

    First time using a starter: pitch cold or warm?

    I made a 1L starter with a fresh vial of WLP051 for the first time two days ago. Everything seemed to progress as expected so I put the flask in the fridge this morning to crash the yeast out, which they have done very nicely. I intend to use this starter today - I am mashing in my grain right...
  3. MagicSmoker

    Proposed India Black Ale aka Black IPA

    This will be my 6th batch (and first real attempt at BIAB - the previous two attempts were a real comedy of errors... :drunk: ) so keep that in mind if the recipe I am proposing herein seems a little off or whatever. A local brewpub (Tampa Bay Brewing Company) just released a Black IPA (aka...
  4. MagicSmoker

    How to do small test batches?

    I'm a new brewer - only on batch 5 - and am just now transitioning to all-grain (or, I should say, "mostly grain"...). I haven't been entirely happy with my results so far, though. In fact, out of the 4 beers I've tried, only one was really good (an extract-base clone of Bell's Two-Hearted...
  5. MagicSmoker

    Please critique my extract ESB recipe

    This will be my 4th batch of beer, so I'm pretty much a rank amateur and could certainly use any good pointers from those with more experience than me (ie - most everyone here, I'm guessing, except the guys that got a Mr. Beer for Christmas - I got you people beat like a rented mule). My very...
  6. MagicSmoker

    An EE builds a fermentation cooler...

    First off I want to say that this forum, along with the helpful staff at Southern Brewing in Tampa, are the two primary reasons I am giving homebrewing a second chance. My first attempts some 10 years ago started off well enough, but each subsequent batch tasted/smelled worse and I suspect it...
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