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  1. pmatson

    Suggestions for table saison

    I'm looking to brew a low-abv table saison and basing it off of Northern Brewer's Petite Saison kit with a few modifications. Grain bill: 4.5# Pilsner 2.75# Vienna 0.75# Wheat 0.5# Flaked oats Hops: 0.5 oz Magnum @ 60 min (~25IBU) Additions: 0.5 oz Coriander Yeast: Belle Saison with...
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    Beers for an August wedding in PA

    I have been tasked with selecting commercial offerings to satisfy the palettes of the nuptial attendees and I do not take this responsibility lightly. While I could opt for the easy route and choose beers of which I am familiar with on this coast, that would violate my principles and ethics as...
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    Beers for wedding in PA

    I am helping out my fiancée's family to figure out beers for her brothers wedding in Lewisburg Pennsylvania in August. I am a west coaster and am not really familiar with the regional brews out there. They are looking for 3-4 options to go with a keg of Yuengling (grooms request). I am thinking...
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    Kegerator advice

    I have been brewing for a couple years and have 20 batches under my belt but am looking to move into the world of kegging. I girlfriend and I are moving into a two bedroom apartment and I am not wanting to go down the DIY route, so I am looking at 2-tap kegerators such as the Kegco K209b at...
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    Heading to Portland and looking for brewery/taproom suggestions

    My girlfriend and I are heading up to Portland for a long weekend of beer and food carts and I am hoping to get some suggestions of breweries and/or taprooms to check out. We will be staying near the Lloyd District and won't have a car so we will be focusing on places that are easy to get to...
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    Split batch flavoring suggestions

    Some friends of mine just built a Buddha bar in their backyard and are planning a grand opening party for Memorial Day weekend. Another friend and I are thinking of brewing up a batch of beer for the party as a surprise. We want to do a split a batch, with half racked onto chiles(either Thai or...
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    First all grain brew - efficiency

    In the process of my first all grain brew after 9 successful extract brews. I mashed 11 pounds of grain in my 10 gal cooler mash tun at 154 for 60 min with 3.4 gal water. Collected first runnings and then sparked with 4.25 gallons and collected those. Following the sparge, I took a sample and...
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    Sweet Stout advice

    I am putting together a sweet stout recipe and looking for input. I have previously made the sweet stout kit from morebeer, which was good. I want to expand on the recipe and add a little more complexity and roastiness. Morebeer recipe: 6# ultralight LME 1# lactose 1# black patent 12oz...
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    RIS Advice

    I am planning to make my first Russian Imperial Stout and am looking for some advice regarding my recipe. 12# ultralight LME 1# roasted barley 1# chocolate malt 1# crystal 75 1# victory malt 2oz magnum at 60 min 2 packets of nottingham. Thoughts? Suggestions? Any and all are much...
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    West Coast Red recipe help

    Hey everyone. I am planning to do a west coast red ale inspired by Pizza Port's Shark Bite Red, the recipe for which I heard on Can You Brew It. My plan as follows 5.5 gal batch 7 gal boil 8# extra light DME 2# Crystal 75 0.5# Crystal 120 1 oz Magnum @ 60min 2 oz Falconers Flight @...
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    Potential bottle bomb

    I bottled my dunkelweizen last night, but am worried that I may be at risk of bottle bombs and am looking for experienced advice. My OG was 1.054 and I was using the T-58 specialty yeast. It fermented end for 12 days total. I measured gravity at 1.022 at day five and 1.020 on day 12. The...
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    First wort hopping advice

    Hi everyone. I am formulating a recipe for a first wort hopped pale ale and was hoping for some comments or advice. I want to try using fwh and dry hopping without using any late additions. I will be using a full boil for a 5 gal batch. 8lbs Light LME 1lb Crystal 15 1lb Munich light 4 oz...
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    FWH recipe advice

    Hi everyone. I am formulating a recipe for a first wort hopped pale ale and was hoping for some comments or advice. I want to try using fwh and dry hopping without using any late additions. I will be using a full boil for a 5 gal batch. 8lbs Light LME 1lb Crystal 15 1lb Munich light 4 oz...
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    Hops utilization

    Hi All. I am planning my third batch, Biermuncher's Centennial Blonde (extract version), but have a question about using different boil sizes. In his recipe, it lists a 6.57 gallon boil volume. I am limited to only having a 2.5 gallon boil. I plugged the recipe into the Brewersfriend recipe...
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    Krausen dissipation

    My American Amber extract batch has been in primary for seven days with SG falling from 1.049 to 1.013. There is about 1/2-1/4" of krausen at the surface. Since I am fermenting in a plastic bucket and fought temptation to open it frequently, I don't know how much the krausen has dropped since...
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    Liquid yeast in the mail

    I am a new brewer and I just received a pale ale kit from Northern Brewers with which I ordered the wyeast 1065 with an ice pack. I opened the box and the ice pack was warm and the yeast pack seemed to be fully inflated. Am I correct in assuming that this is not standard operating procedure? It...
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    First batch in primary

    Hi everyone. I just got my first batch of American Amber (Brewer's Best extract kit) into primary and wanted to want to thank everyone on Homebrewtalk for all the great information, especially in the sticky threads. I have been reading these boards almost nonstop for the past two weeks in...
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