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  1. Arpeggiator

    Too Early to Dry-hop?

    hi brewers, i brewed a DIPA 2 weeks ago with an OG of 1.102 and pitched with a vial of San Diego Super Yeast WLP090. It really fermented aggressively and i thought i would end up with a FG around 1.020. I took a gravity reading today and it was at 1.126. Should i expect this to drop...
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    Anyone tired of answering efficiency questions?

    Hi Brewers, I must apologize for posting yet another question about efficiency but i really feel like I'm doing something wrong or overlooking something. I have read TONS of threads about efficiency, and I'm still puzzled by my low numbers. I'll post my recipe/procedure and any feedback would...
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    Nut Brown recipe feedback plz

    Hi all, I want to brew a nut brown tomorrow but would like a little feedback on my recipe first. I'd like to make a nice malty brew and am looking for maximum toasty/nutty flavor. I've attempted 2 nut browns in the past but both seemed a little weak compared to what I was shooting for. Any...
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    diastatic power recipe considerations

    Ok, i've searched and searched but still can't wrap my head around this. I recently went to my lhbs with a recipe i designed: 10 gal batch 12lbs. maris otter 12lbs. vienna malt 4 lb. cara-pils 2lb. aromatic 2lb. 20L 2lb. rye malt the guy at the shop told me that the...
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    First time AG Brew...Broken hydro...90% efficieny?

    What's up HBT, Just hoping someone could provide some input. It's my first AG brew, an IPA, everything went fine until my hydro fell off the table and shattered to bits. Before this happened I took a reading after I sparged but before I boiled. The hydro said 1.048 @ 115 degrees for 6.5...
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    New To Yeast Harvesting

    Hi everyone, Attempting my first try at washing/saving yeast. I read a couple of the yeast washing threads but still had a few questions about my technique. I just finished bottling a session ale and boiled a couple cups of water, let it cool, then poured it into my fermenter on top of the...
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    Great equipment buys!

    Hey everyone, Thought I'd pass along a couple of great deals I've found for anyone looking to upgrade or get into all-grain brewing: First off, I found a Brinkmann cooker fryer (basically the turkey fryer unit without the pot) at home depot for $49.99 off the shelf. 100,000 btu's. I've...
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    SMaSH Ale efficiency help...

    What's up everyone at HBT! I'll try to make this short. I have brewed 3 partial mash ales already and have had really inconsistent efficiency. One batch I had fell pretty spot on while the other 2 came out really short (35-40%). I want to try brewing an all-grain SMaSH ale with 7 lbs of 2...
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    First Partial Mash Questions

    Hi Gang, Just finished my first attempt at a partial mash brew yesterday. I did encounter a few problem areas that left me with a dismal OG of .040:mad: It's ok though because it brewed with some really great hops (cascade and amarillo) and smelled awesome. Maybe you guys could tell me...
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    Corn Syrup for Priming?

    Hi everyone, I just bottled my first beer last night, a coffee stout, and I used corn syrup for the priming sugar. I used Beersmith to calculate the amount needed (3.25 oz for 4 gal batch). It wasn't until today when I started formulating a new brew, that I noticed Beersmith listed corn...
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    Propane burner recomendations

    Hi everyone, I am looking to move my "brewery" off the stove in my kitchen to outside on my patio. Also, in the near future I hope to step up my game to all-grain brewing. My question is what type of best type of propane burner without spending too much. I have been looking at Bayou...
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    No Hop Brew

    Hi everyone, Just wanted to pass on a great brew I had (with a twist). It was at the green Flash Brewery the other day and is a scottish gruit called Hop-less (hamilton's 3rd anniversary). Instead of adding hops for bittering and aroma, they use various herbs such as rose hips, heather...
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    When Should I add Honey?

    Hi everyone, I'm about to make an Abbey Ale (extract) from a recipe I got from my LHBS, I want to put my own twist on the recipe with a few additions like honey and Candi sugar. The recipe doesn't include honey and when I enter it into Beersmith it tells me to add it to the fermenter with...
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    Not enough water added to wort?

    since this is my first brew i obviously made a few mistakes. Right now my biggest concern is that I did not reach 5 gal. of total wort in my carboy. It never crossed my mind to make a mark on the carboy to indicate 5 gal. This is because I filled a 5 gal. water jug at the store and didn't...
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    Questions about Hydro readings

    I need some clarification about the correct procedure on taking hydro readings. First off I understand that you are supposed to take an initial reading prior to adding the yeast to your wort (before it's in the fermenter). My confusion is due to conflicting information about taking hydro...
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    Rookie Errors

    Just finished brewing my first beer, a stout. I'm a little concerned over some of the mistakes i made. First off, I used a mesh bag that I bought at the home brew store to put all my milled grains (and some espresso grounds) into for steeping. However, there was still a great deal of solids...
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