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  1. bigdawg86

    Craftabrew Catalyst Fermenter (Inland Empire, CA 92223)

    As stated, craftabrew catalyst for sale. It has some scuffs on the inside from accidentally using a metal spoon back when I first started home brewing but other than that she's 100%. I also installed the small sampling valve as well. I am relocating to a different state and need to sell...
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    DME in Hard Kombucha?

    Hey guys, haven't posted in a while. So I was trying to get my first batch of hard kombucha going. Did a 6 gallon batch (with goal of 5g kegged, rest goes to scoby storage) and the base booch is finally at the flavor we want. I planned on just pulling scoby, dissolving 5lbs of dextrose, tossing...
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    Victory Sour Monkey. I NEED TO CLONE THIS!!!!

    As the title states. Victory Sour Monkey is an incredible beer. Just discovered it and want to figure out how to clone it. I can find Golden Monkey recipes, but not sour monkey. It seems to be a mixed fermentation and while it appears to have brett, it tastes like lacto is involved too. I am not...
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    Anyone Try Propolis Brewing (Port Townsend, WA)... Awesome Place!!

    So I don't normally plug companies or products, but I just wanted to share my awesome experience with a brewery in Port Townsend, WA called Propolis brewing. This brewery is NOTHING like anything I have seen or been to as they exclusively do old world beers, saisons, and other wild fermented...
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    Recommend Me Some Circuit Breakers / eBrewery Planning

    Hey so I am in the planning stages of going from natural gas BIAB to a 3 vessel setup in my garage. My electrical panel (200A) is on the outside of the garage that I would "relocate" to and the plug would be literally less than 1 foot away from the panel as discovered the only thing between my...
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    20 gallon mash tun for 5-10g batches, am I crazy?

    Long story short I got in on the Grounded Brewing Technologies 15g kettle liquidation and bought 2 kettles. I have for a while been wanting to get into a 3 vessel system and this may be my way of doing it... I currently do 5-6g all grain batches with the rare 10g, but am open to doing 10g more...
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    Critique My Recipe

    I so have made a couple attempts at a low bitter / high aroma NEIPA, but have fallen short on the aroma department. The beers tasted great though. So being my 3rd attempt, I decided to go all in. I am going for a NEIPA style in essence, but someone may better classify the beer. My prior recipes...
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    Question about secondary fermentation and alcohol content...

    Hi ya'll just have a quick question. I have 3 batches of kombucha under my belt (3 gal x2, 5 gal x 1) and am finishing up the 4th 5 gallon batch currently. I had my current batch ferment for 3 weeks and got to pH of 3.0, but decided to secondary on about 6 lbs of mango. I transferred to carboy...
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    Free 14% Stout, SoCal Beaumont 92223

    Ok... before I brewed beer, I thought I was a stout guy... now that I am alot more in tune to what is "out there" my preferences have changed. Full disclosure I have been brewing a little more than 1 year. I purchased Bourbon County Stout all grain clone and brewed it... new brewer, new...
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    Best Fermentor for Kombucha?

    My wife bought me a starter kit (ingredients / scoby only) that has enough to brew a 5 gallon batch. Obviously as a beer brewer I already have carboys and all that stuff. Ideally I would prefer to keg my kombucha so I am not worried about bottling. A few questions. 1.) "Starter tea", can...
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    Critique My Recipe: Kettle Sour Raspberry Saison

    So I am taking a stab at my own recipe and am curious if everything looks OK or if there are suggestions to be made: Particularly on my yeast and hops selection. my LBS has good selection of dry and liquid yeast. I am fine with dry or liquid yeast but. I also have TYB Voss Kviek at home. For...
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    Well...I am 98% sure I have my first infection.

    Brewed a Bourbon County Stout clone... OG was a little low at 1.118 and I have to look at my notes to verify but finished primary somewhere in the 1.022 range. Used TYB Dry Belgian. Primary for 4 weeks. Tranferred to secondary 40 days ago and it is still showing bubbles and the surface of the...
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    Bottle Conditioning Bourbon County Stout Clone

    I brewed an extract Bourbon County Stout several months ago (OG 1.135, FG 1.036 before adding approx 16oz bourbon) and bottled them 58 days ago (they had 6 week primary, 4 week secondary)... I chilled one for about an hour and when I popped the top there was some pressure present, but no...
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    When a brew day goes NOTHING like planned...

    Well I am licking my wounds from yesterday and trying to debrief my brew day. First it was an ambitious beer. All grain Bourbon County Stout with 1.135OG. I also had new RIMS tube and set up my converted cooler with essentially a "dedicated" RIMS circuit. I used a brew bag, for nothing else...
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    Recommend some hops for me...

    I live in zone 9A in SoCal and got the email from morebeer! about their hop rhizome pre-order and it seems like something fun to try for not much money. I have a single story house and about a 20x2 foot section that is unplanted against the house so I figured it would be easy to string the hop...
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    Should I use some sort of manifold?

    I have done about 12 extract kits, including a 1.135OG RIS which is **prayerfully** bottle conditioning as we speak. I did my first BIAB a few weeks ago with a 9lb grain bill. That was super easy using the standard 1 vessel setup. I decided I wanted to to the same 1.135 RIS again (Bourbon County...
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    Ink-Bird IBS-TH1 Review (Limited and hopefully ongoing)

    Full disclosure, I won the aforementioned product from one of this months give aways... I received the item today, and I have solid expectations from this device. I have two Inkbird-ITC308 devices which are GREAT, so I hope this new release follows suit. I hope this will exceed expectations as...
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    Sovereign Stainless Fermentor????

    I just came across this new bucket style fermenter on Northern Brewer and it seems nice for the price point, but there is only one stock photo... 8.4 gallons and has what appears to be a proper 1/2" ball valve as opposed to the small valve the SS Brewtech Brewbucket has. Any thoughts...
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    Has anyone used these as fermentors?

    So while my wife is watching some show I don't care about, I was researching what various size buckets are out there as fermentors. I was actually just looking for a cheap ale pale, but my search brought me to these "milk jugs". They actually seem pretty incredible. 2.0mm stainless, tig welded...
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    Sparklets Water Profile vs H20 additions.

    I recently switched from charcoal filtered tap water (extremely hard water in my area) to Sparklets since we started using them for household use. I started brewing with their water but never knew the official "profile" of their water. I am not sure of making the jump to RO just yet. I did some...
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