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    Will this work for a mashtun?

    As a Christmas present to ourselves, my wife and I are going to make a mashtun and then brew some beer together. I just found this cooler on Walmart.com, and I want to make sure it will work! A little about us: We both are really into home brewing and would like to take the next step. We...
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    Racking

    I'm getting ready to rack my wheat beer into a secondary with some frozen strawberries! My question is this: when racking, do I leave behind the trub that's settled? If I do, won't the yeast be left behind?
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    Lemon Balm

    Long story short, I really enjoy a nice shandy after a long summer day. The place I work sells lemon balm plants, and after picking and eating a leaf, I decided that it would be awesome in a wheat beer. I've read mixed reviews of using it, so I was wondering if any of you have done it, and...
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    Another Wedding Reception Inquiry?

    Hey all, I really want to serve some homebrew at my wedding reception, and I'm wondering if anyone knows the logistics of it for Minnesota. My understanding is that when SF2336 was signed, it allows homebrewers to serve their beer as long as it is not for profit. "Sec. 10. Minnesota...
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    Infection?!

    Ugh! I was so very excited for this beer! It was my favorite tasting up to this point, and now it's definitely gone down hill. I thought I had a stuck fermentation (after one week, it had gone from 1.060 to 1.040, and stayed there for several days). I checked it today, and when I opened the...
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    Safale US-05: Slow Starting?

    Hey everyone, I brewed a IIPA on Monday night, pitching the yeast around 10:00. It is now Wednesday at 3:00, and I still have no action in my air lock. I know that airlocks can be deceiving, but should I worry? It was a two-gallon batch and I pitched the entire packet (dry). Because I...
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    Bottle Carbing Question!

    Hey all, I have a rather basic question. I have a beer ready to bottle, but I'd really like to have it for next weekend. Is it possible, in order to have it carbed up by then, to use much more than necessary priming sugar and then pasteurize them? I know, it's far from ideal, but I'd only do...
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    Citrus American Wheat

    I'd love some input on this recipe! I'm going to brew in the next couple of days, and as this is my first recipe, I'd love some input to see if I missed anything, or should add anything. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Home Brew
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    Dandelion Beer Recipe (Input Needed!)

    Hey all, I was out doing some yard work this afternoon, and noticed the millions of dandelions growing everywhere. I was talking to my girlfriend about all of them, and she suggested that we try to make dandelion wine (she herself a homebrewer). Long story short, while we were sitting outside...
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    Low Carbonation

    This is probably a stupid question, as I have a theory of the reason already, but I want confirmation. Both of my beers that I've made have had very little to no carbonation. They have conditioned in the basement, which was around 61° last I checked. Is the lack of carbonation due to the low...
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    Best breweries in MSP?

    A few friends and I are headed to the Cities this weekend to hit up as many breweries as we can. What is your favorite? Which one do we NEED to get to? Sent from my iPhone using Home Brew
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    Can this be right?

    I downloaded a BIAB calculator to my iPhone, and I'm not sure it is correct. I have a 29qt. brew pot, but is that my "max kettle volume"? That doesn't leave any room for boiling, does it? Should I be putting my maximum volume lower? That just seems like a lot of strike water for 10lbs. of...
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    Traveling with newly bottled beer

    I have this horrible situation. I live in Minnesota, but I go to school in South Dakota. My problem: I cannot brew while I'm at school. A few weeks ago, I was home and made a hefeweizen brew with the intent of bottling it this next weekend. My question is this: if I bottle my beer, would...
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    Apple Juice

    I found this post on here earlier which sparked a question on using apple juice! When adding apple juice (or any fruit juice for that matter), what are some things to keep in mind? Does it HAVE to be organic? Can it be from concentrate? Those sort of questions! Thanks all! Sent from my...
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    Is 29 quarts too small for a 5 gallon BIAB?

    I recently purchased a 29 quart pot for my propane burner, and now I'm wondering if that is going to be large enough for a 5 gallon BIAB batch. For those who have used the BIAB, what are your thoughts? Sent from my iPhone using Home Brew
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    Mash Tun Size

    I'm sure this has probably been asked a million and a half times, but I'm struggling to decipher all the information, and I need it in layman's terms and in one location. I've done a few batches of extract brewing, and now I really want to get into all-grain. I've been reading and watching all...
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    Brewing Brewing On Site

    Hey all, A friend was recently telling me that he had heard of a brewery that lets you brew your beer there. So, I would bring all of my equipment there, and if be able to brew it there and do the entire process there. Is this common? Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Home Brew
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    First Brew, What Happened?

    Hey everyone! For my birthday, my parents got me a basic home-brewing setup, and I recently tried the fruits of my labor. It was Brewer's Best Belgian Golden Ale. I, unfortunately, was maybe a little too excited before I got it, and immediately jumped into it before doing any research. It...
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