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    White lab 590 French saison

    Has anyone use this yeast? I picked up a vial yesterday and plan to brew this Sunday. I'm planning on making a starter and pitching around 65-68° f hold at that temperature for first 2-3 days then free rise up to 75° for rest of fermentation. I couldn't find any thread on this yeast. If anyone...
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    Yooper stout or deception cream stout

    Hi, I'm trying to decide which stout to brew for my first one. please share your thoughts on either one or if you have brewed both. I will be brewing in a few weeks. Thank you for your time.
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    Swaen malts

    Hi, My lhbs is having a bulk grain sale and having breiss, muton, avavgard, and dinegemans for sale. I heard of all of these companies except for swaen malts. I was thinking of buying a sack 55lb swaen pale ale malt for $47.95. I want to know if anyone has feedback on using this grain. I did...
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    Help, what Finger Lakes, NY breweries to visit

    Hi, My wife and I will be up in the Finger Lakes region, Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake area July 30-Aug 2. We are looking for recommendation for breweries/restaurant to visit. Thanks.
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    Split primary grains

    Hi, I seen beer recipes that use two primary grains split 50/50. I was wondering how it would affect flavor/taste of the beer. I want to do a basic pale ale with Belgian/French yeast. Here is my grain bill: 2row 40.9% Pilsner 40.9% Munich 9.1% C-40 4.5% Special roast 4.5% I have all...
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    Simcoe and citra hop combo

    Hi, I will be doing an IPA batch tomorrow and want make sure that the Citra and Simcoe will go well together. I never used Citra before so I want it to go well. Total IBU 54 for 6% abv. Here is my hop schedule: Bravo 0.5oz 60min Citra and Simcoe 0.5 oz each @ 10min ". ". "...
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    Help!!! No sign of fermentation(lager)

    Hi, I brewed a german pilsner this past Monday(3/9). OG 1.050. I used 8oz slurry of 3470 with 2 liter starter and pitch Monday around 54-55 degrees and kept temperature 50-52 degree. I know that lager yeast is slower to start up but I didn't see any activity in the airlock for the past 48...
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    Sliced ginger

    Hi, I was browsing the supermarket and came across sliced ginger coated with sugar by nature promise. I was wondering if that could be used instead of fresh ginger for a Christmas beer. Here is the link: http://www.shopwell.com/natures-promise-ginger-slices-unsulphured/dried-fruit/p/8826706621
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    Bittering hops

    Hi, I have Apollo and centennial hops left over from previous batches. I'm plan on making a winter/Christmas beer with spices. Which hop would be better for bittering? I'm leaning toward centennial hops. What has been your experience with either hops?
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    Need help with first time christmas/winter beer recipe

    Hi fellow homebrewtalk members, I'm attempting to come up with an original Christmas beer recipe. Here is the preliminary recipe. I feel that I have too many ingredients but I don't know where I need to cut back or eliminate. I think the hops are in range. I pick three yeasts below. I...
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    When to add vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks ?

    Hi, I will be brewing pumpkin ale soon and I have fresh vanilla beans on hand to use. The recipe calls for 0.5 tsp vanilla extract at 5min before end of boil. How much vanilla bean equal extract? Add vanilla bean to secondary or same as extract? I also would like to use cinnamon sticks...
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    Farmhouse saison recipe critique

    Hi, This is the third recipe of my summer beers series: I'm looking for advice, tips, and suggestion: I really love the spicy, crisp, and smooth flavor of this type of this beer. My inspiration for this beer is the tank 7. I'm looking to create a similar type of beer with my own twist to...
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    Blond Ale- summer beer

    Hi I'm looking to make light easy drinking summer beer. Here the recipe: All Grain Recipe Batch Size: 5.25 gal Style: Blonde Ale (6B) Boil Size: 6.96 gal Style Guide: BJCP 2008 Color: 3.7 SRM Equipment: 10 gallon cooler 11 gallon ss pot Bitterness: 29.0 IBUs Boil Time: 90 min Est...
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    APA recipe critique

    Hi, I'm planning a APA recipe with first time hopstand technique. All Grain Recipe Batch Size: 5.25 gal Style: American Pale Ale (10A) Boil Size: 6.96 gal Style Guide: BJCP 2008 Color: 5.0 SRM Equipment: 10 gallon cooler 11 gallon ss pot Bitterness: 67.6 IBUs Boil Time: 90 min...
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    New Doppleebock clone recipe

    Hi, I'm trying to create troeganator dopplebock. http://www.troegs.com/our_brews/troegenator_double_bock.aspx Here is my first attempt: Troeg- dopplebock Doppelbock All Grain (5.25 gal) ABV: 8.22 % OG: 1.083 SG FG: 1.021 SG IBUs: 25.9 IBUs Color: 25.8 SRM Ingredients 5.00 gal Deer Park (R)...
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    Adding corn sugar to active fermentation

    Hi, I just brewed a double ipa batch that I miss my OG (1.076) instead 1.067. Fermenting safale 05 about more than 24 hours in the primary. I want to add about 1 pound of corn sugar to boost the abv. What is best way to go about? Add corn sugar directly to the wort or I have to boil it with...
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    1st attempt for double ipa recipe

    Hi all, This is my first attempt in creating a double ipa recipe. My plan is to make 6 gal batch with splitting into two 3 gal for enough room for fermentation. Then at the end 2ndary drop hop schedule to merge back into 5 gallon keg. What you think about recipe and my thought process with...
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    First time recipe double IPA

    Hi all, This will be my first attempt in formulating a new recipe from stratch. My wife loves double ipa and requesting me to make her favorite beer style. Here This my first recipe idea. Please comment on the recipe that I chose. Thanks. Batch Size: 5.25 gal Style: Imperial IPA ()...
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    Input on a holiday chocolate hazel nut brown ale

    Hi all, I want to make a holiday chocolate hazel nut brown ale. I'm using surly bender base and add cocoa nibs and hazelnut to the secondary. I read several posts on adding hazelnut. What is the best way to add hazelnut flavor: real hazelnuts, hazelnut flavoring, or Frangelico hazelnut...
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    Adding fruit puree to secondary

    Hi, I'm about to transfer my wheat ale to the secondary. My question is what is the best way to add the fruit purée while maintaining sanitary condition? My plan is to purée frozen mango and frozen passion fruit pulp together and then add it to 2nd then transfer beer on top of it. Any...
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