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  1. Opiate42

    Getting licensing and a math problem

    Hey gang, I'm trying to get licensed to sell my Hebrew at some cafes and restaurants in town and the gov has asked for a % breakdown of our beer ingredients in the final beer itself. An example I've seen breaks down like this: Water 88% Malt 8% Hops 3% Yeast 1% But what I don't understand is...
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    Malt Detective: unknown coffee malt

    Hey folks! I have a malt here, creamy brown colour and has a delicious espresso flavour to it. End result in the beer is a wonderful smooth flavour and mouth feel. Only have about 100g left and afraid to use it before I figure out what it really is. Got it from a friend but they don't...
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    Mash Tun Size for 25 Gallon Batches?

    Hey Folks! So I'm terrible at searching (and that maths thingy) and sure this has been answered somewhere already. But have a question on mash tun size. We're looking to upgrade to 20-25 gallon batches using a stainless steel mash tun and currently have a 70qt coleman cooler as a mash tun...
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    Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler for Mash Tun?

    Hey Gang, Am look at a 72qt Igloo Marine cooler for a mash tun and wondering if anyone has any experience with this line? Any thoughts on how well it maintains temperatures or reliability (as in not falling apart after a few uses)? Want to do 10 gallon high gravity batches and going to...
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    Meat Grinder Recommendations

    Hey Gang, The SO and I are looking at making our own sausages, cat food and whatnot and looking for a good reliable grinder that will last. We're not looking at dropping a huge bill on this as beginners, but something $150 or less that is sturdy, easy to clean and reliable would be great...
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    Corn Sugar Substitute in DIPA recipes

    Hey gang, Been hunting up recipes for DIPA's and seeing some calling for corn sugar in the boil for boosting the ABV. I must have a sensitivity or something but beers with corn sugar tend to give me headaches so am avoiding it. Any suggestions for a substitute? Does corn sugar add...
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    Auto Siphon cleaning

    Hey All, Have been noticing a gunk buildup in my autosiphon for a while now and my snaky tube cleaner is too big to brush it out. Any suggestions on how to get buildup out of an autosiphon? Especially the racking tube? I always give it a water and sanitizer blast-through after use...
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    Water Testing kits for ph, mineral content etc

    Hi Gang, Going to be in South America soon and hoping to take a test kit with me that I can measure the water at home and in some towns we're visiting to see how they compare. SO's family visits and whatnot, might be brewing with them :) Am browsing over Amazon and other sites but keep on...
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    Glass carboy cleaning

    Hey gang! OK so last night my SO and I are walking home and find a 3 gallon glass carboy on the sidewalk near our home. Two things occurred to me: 1) We live downtown Toronto in a whacky area and something this size would be a **** load of broken glass all over the street which is bound to...
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    Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Dark Light Not Entirely Light Chocolate Lager - 1 gallon recipe

    Now I don't have much space, so 1 gallon for now. Our little fermenting closet has an ambient temp of around 70F most days. Grain Bill: 1.5 lbs 2-Row 0.055 lbs Chocolate malt 0.025 lbs Carafoam 0.25 lbs Carahell 60 min mash @ 150 5 grams Fuggle @ 60 5 grams Hallertau @ 30 45 grams...
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    First Cider (Cat) Disaster

    Hey Gang, So I thought I'd try my hand at cider, started small with a 1 gallon batch. First ever time, and made a potentially fatal flaw: not putting it in the fermenting closet. I'd read that if it starts to smell like eggs to add some more yeast nutrient so in order to have easy access...
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    Cute CMAJ Article: The story of a physician, his bowels and beer

    Now This could find a home in the Gluten free forum but thought it's a cute read for anyone. It's a pretty short article. Now a bit of a disclaimer on the story, the December issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal every year is a bit of a silly affair, they set aside the usual...