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    carbonation problem

    I did a dog fish 120 clone and bottled it 10 days ago. I had 5 gallons at bottling time. The alcohol came out to about 18%. I know I should of added more yeast but I did not. Beer Smith says I should have about 2.2 volumes of CO2. However I taste tested it today and there is very little...
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    how to put together an event.

    I would really like to put together a small competition, tasting event to raise money for charity, and promote home brewing. I've never done it before and would like to start a discussion about all the things that go into something like this. Any info is helpful. I am in West Chester, PA. I...
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    first competition

    I've finally entered my first home brewer competition. It's a Belgian aged on pears and raisins.. Called "the fornicating pear" It's for philly beer week... Anything I should know before I send in my bottles? Does the bottle make any difference? I have yet to work out a good label. The...
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    water quality

    I've been filtering my tap water and all my brews have been great. I want to try something with the water for my next batch. I'm doing a imperial ipa and i want to use some high quality water for it. My favorite water is Evian. It has great texture and flavor. Can a mineral spring water like...
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    temp control

    What is the best device that can handle both my lagering fridge, and my mash tun (immersion circulator).. I'm trying to put together a good system. And if I could find something that can monitor the temp of my brew and then activate the item attached to it (fridge, heater) in order to stay at a...
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    use old keg for boil

    I want to find an old keg that I can cut the top off and use as my boiler. I am finding it difficult to do so. Any helpful ideas as to how I may procure such a vessel?
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    Hop smoked grain?

    I have a great idea.. Or at least I think so. I want to do a smoked ipa. My plan is to use whole leaf hops to smoke a portion of my grain. How bad/good of an idea is this. I'll have to burn a good amount of hops to get good smoke, but I'm thinking it'll be worth the effort / expense...
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    fermentation in a pumpkin?

    I am planning my pumpkin ale for this year. I've seen videos and articles on doing primary fermentation in a pumpkin... Is this possible? Anything I should know ahead of time?
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    annual Punkin ale plans

    I know it's a bit early for most people but I brew a pumpkin ale every fall and this year I'm planning on using maple sap for my mash and sparge water. Anyone know where I can find some online? I'll need about 10 gallons
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    strange and wonderful ingredients

    I've been contemplating playing with some marshmallow root or the extract to use in a beer.. Most likely a porter. Has anyone ever used this old medicinal herb, or heard of anyone else using it? The flavor is not what you'd think, given the name.. But it does have some very interesting...
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    Marshmallow root

    I've been contemplating playing with some marshmallow root or the extract to use in a beer.. Most likely a porter. Has anyone ever used this old medicinal herb, or heard of anyone else using it? The flavor is not what you'd think, given the name.. But it does have some very interesting...
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    priming options

    I have an Indian brown ale that I need to bottle this weekend. I want to try something other than the typical 3-5 oz corn sugar. I was thinking about honey.. How much? What are some other options also.. And how much? It's a 5 gal batch.
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    hard as nails cider

    I put this recipe together for this coming weekend. Just wondering what everyone thinks of it.. 1gal batch 1 gal organic apple juice. 1 cup light brown sugar. 3 fuji apples, skinned and sliced thin. 1/4tsp crushed caraway seed. 2tbs honey. 2 cinnamon sticks (secondary) 1.5 cups apple...
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    hard as nails Cider

    I put this recipe together for this coming weekend. Just wondering what everyone thinks of it.. 1gal batch 1 gal organic apple juice. 1 cup light brown sugar. 3 fuji apples, skinned and sliced thin. 1/4tsp crushed caraway seed. 2tbs honey. 2 cinnamon sticks (secondary) 1.5 cups apple...
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    fermentation experiment.

    Not sure what the appropriate thread would be for this. Anyway. I made this recipe with my wife. We took 1lb 6oz of each flavor skittles. Total of 8lbs 2oz. I soaked them in 2gal of water for 24 hours then boiled it out for 15 min. I chilled and added 1 packet of high gravity yeast, let...
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    money saving tips.

    I am always seeing sales on the 5 gal water jugs that go on those water dispensers that people have in their homes and offices, and waiting rooms. Would it be possible to use this jug as a carboy? The are usually somewhere around 5-10 dollars. And I believe my stopper and air lock would fit in...
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    how much is too much?

    I went a little overboard while buying ingredients recently. I currently have a kolsch that's ready to bottle, an ipa in the secondary and a imperial Stout in the primary. I, for some reason, have 5 more (all grain 5 gal ) kits that are ready to brew.. My question is more opinion based.. If I...
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    harvest yeast from bottle of beer?

    I've heard it is possible to harvest yeast from a bottle of beer. Say I buy a case of this saison brune from my local brewery.. How can harvest the yeast from bottles so I can try my own batch?
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    building my first mash tun.

    I want to incorporate a heat stick or a hot water heating element with temp control. Any ideas on how to do this. I feel like it will give me amazing control over temperature rests. I'm using a rectangular cooler with 3/4" pvc for drainage... That's all worked out.. It's just the heating I'm...
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    Sour beer kit?

    I want to try a sour beer. Does anyone know where I can get a pre put together kit? I understand that it's a difficult brew and a kit will be my best bet. I know AHS has a large selection of kits.. Just don't know the names of any good sour / wild beers.
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