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    minibrew volume off?

    Been using my min-brew for a couple years and always took the volume for granted. Until today I was getting ready to make my first wine batch and decided to double check the markings. Man, mine are a half gallon off after the first gallon. It seems like 6.5 gallons would fit only if I filled...
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    first wine- what kit and conical questions

    So I've been brewing for years and the wife hates beer. So, I want to give wine w whirl. I got rid of all my carboys and buckets when I got a mini-brew conical. It is 6.5 gallons. Could I use this for wine and just drain off sentiment like beer? Also, I was looking at the Vinters Reserve...
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    Hop Height

    So these guys have had an adventure over their first year from a move from Texas in containers to sprouting in the basement in the winter to their final place in the ground. So now I'm transplanting from the containers to the ground and the only thing the wife has agreed on for posts are these...
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    HOPS growing in basement

    So I have my hops in planter and I brought them down to the basement for the winter (Maine). To my amazement, they have spouted and are growing. One is a couple feet long! What should I do? Should I put them in the garage and hope they go dormant again? They get a little sun in the...
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    Making starters in advance

    Usually when I brew,I find out I can do it maybe a day in advance if not the day of. I have a recipe for a stout that suggests using a starter or double pitching. Could I make a starter a now and let it set for up to a week? I don't want to underpitch. On that note, I'm going to be trying to...
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    conical yeast harvesting

    So I've been using my mini-brew conical for a year and have never tried to harvest the yeast. So I figured I would give it a run. I've read several of the pages about washing the yeast, but have on question. When should I take it from the conical? I've been pulling trub off every few days...
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    dual-pot all grain brewing

    i ran in to the same thing. i have a 5 gallon pot and grabbed the wife's pasta pot. so, i did one pot full boil at 4 gallon and boiled the other just to kill of anything. i'm sure my hop use was a bit lower, but better than forking out for another pot. i cooled the second pot while the first...
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    fermenting with no a/c

    So the wife and I were really excited to move up north where we wouldn't need an a/c for the house. Well, summer hit and its hot and I brewed. Temp in the house is 80ish +. I used a WL london ale yeast but I'm worried about the room temp. Is there something I can do to keep the beer a bit...
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    Dealing with spent grain

    You could get worms.... It sounds like you brew a ton. Why not grow your own hops in containers? You can get a cheap plastic rubbermade and poke some holes in it and use the grain for worm composting and BAM you have your own hops, solve the grain problem and get to see the look on people's...
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    going ag with what i got

    So, another problem. My pot is only 5 gallons. Would it be effective to boil 4 gallons and put the other two (assuming pulling 6 from the grain bed) in another small pot to boil to kill any nasties and then use it as my topping off water?
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    going ag with what i got

    perfect. my fear was loosing the cooler as a cooler.
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    going ag with what i got

    thinking of making the jump to AG but the wife doesn't want any more beer stuff around the house. i read about converting the 10 gallon coolers. all i have is a big box cooler that i shouldn't be taking apart. could i use that guy and use a really large grain bag or two? i realize i'll be...
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    transplanting and raised beds

    So, the wife and I are moving. I started my rhizomes in pots in order to at least get some root growth this year. We have 4 to 5 days of travel and then I get to make a garden at the new house to transplant them. We're really big in to vegetable gardens and were thinking about raised beds...
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    nasty picnic taps

    I clean them out between kegs and dunk them in sanitizer. Its more of mold and what not building up while I'm using the same keg. Maybe the Vodka would be my ticket. Or those tap covers. Thanks.
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    nasty picnic taps

    I've been kegging for a while and keep having a reoccurring problem of nastiness growing in my picnic taps. i can't afford faucets just yet, so what are some tips to not have jelly in my beer? i was thinking about keeping a small bowl of bleach water in the kegerator and storing the taps in...
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    why won't he grow?

    Ha. I wish it was that easy. I didn't cut the bines back until a couple of weeks ago. Could that have done something?
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    why won't he grow?

    THey are in a smaller container. But they grew about 9 feet last year. I did water them once a week at least during the winter. I also covered them with hay (although it only got below freezing like 3 times this winter). As far as nutrients, I put on chicken poop and compost. I was...
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    why won't he grow?

    I have a second year chinook that just won't grow. He's in a planter and had some leaves shoot out around where the orginal rhizome was planted. But nothing more for over a week. I planted my rhizomes last week and they all have a good 2 to 3 inch vine coming out for each one. DO the second...
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    cross country hopps

    So my new rhizomes are ready for a big stress. First they are in smaller planters. Planted, today, they will be with a friend for a bit more than a month while I'm on my honey moon. Then, the little guys will make the trip from south texas to portland maine. So, will they even grow up there...
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    lost grain bag

    So I gave my swmbo the bag of grain after my last brewing to give to the chickens. Unfortunately, she threw away the grain bag that I used for brewing. I've used that thing since day 1 of my limited brewing career. I ordered a new kit and went to brew and found that the bag was gone. Would...