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    Grows own Hops & Grains?

    Are there any commercial breweries, other than the big ones - i.e., a micro/craft brew most likely - that grow their own grains/etc and hops? Or does everyone outsource to buy those from other people?
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    Ethiopian Mead: Tej

    I have a lot of Ethiopian clients. One of them recently found out I brew and brought some of his brew into the shop. It was definitely a mead. He called it Tej. He said he would teach me how to make it, but only if I try to make it without his help first (I think he wants to get a good...
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    [URGENT] Welding a Thin Kettle

    I marked this urgent because I need to get it done today (welder availability). Note: I know I screwed up, but I have to fix it because I don't have enough time to get a replacement in before I need it. I have a big brew party I'm attending this weekend, we're all bringing our equipment...
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    tri-clover vs bushing

    I might be misunderstanding something and drawing a comparison that doesn't make sense. If that is the case, please correct me. Also, please do not go on and on about how wonderful compression fittings are, I have those now and for numerous reasons want to change. I am looking at welding...
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    Rust ...

    I went a few months without brewing and now the base of my heater element has rusted. It wasn't that bad to clean up, but it also wasn't pretty. Any recommendation on how to avoid this in the future? I vaguely recall someone who put oil on theirs, but at the time I wasn't satisfied with the...
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    Drinking Vinegar / Vinegar Shrub / Shrub / Vinegar Syrup

    Has anyone here ever made a vinegar shrub from scratch? There are a handful of recipes online, but most involve using premade vinegar or just put some sweet syrup out and let it go off.... I am wanting a recipe that is a bit more controlled than that. A vinegar shrub is a syrup made...
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    Brew Magazines, which one?

    Hi! I am trying to figure out which brew magazine to get a subscription to. I haven't had a chance to look at many, but I am sure there must be a good one out there somewhere. However, I did see a few at my local home brew shop and flipped through them and was ... disappointed. So, what...
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    History of Home Brewing Legalization in the U.S. (seeking info)

    Does anyone know where I can find a good write up on the history of legalization of home brewing in the United States? I am familiar with prohibition and what surrounded that, but less familiar with HR 1337, Carter's involvement, and the momentum that managed to get things passed. It would be...
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    Books on Hops

    I am looking for good books on hops. Primarily I am seeking books that discuss hop picking and growing. However, I am also interested in hop history and miscellaneous hop trivia. Does anyone have any recommendations? I had someone recommend to me The Homebrewer's Garden by Joe Fisher...
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    Seattle Pickin' Time?

    I keep running into people who have just picked their hops up here. However, mine don't feel or smell like they are ready yet. I had someone tell me the other day that if I don't pick them this week they'll probably go to waste (rain, wind, too old). Except, my spot is fairly sheltered (dry...
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    Seattle Keg Hunting -

    Anyone here from Seattle or nearby and know where a man can rustle up a few kegs to convert into keggles? Or have any recommendations on where to search? I have already called around to a few local microbrews, but have been told that they don't really have old kegs as they are embossed and...
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    Brew Garage, Finishing

    Location is equipment, right? I have some brew garage issues I am trying to solve. First, it is an unfinished drywalled garage. Unfortunately, it has a bad habit of keeping the moisture in when I brew - especially in the winter. It has one, small, vent fan that I can set to run all the...
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    Beer Tour Europe planning ... (tips requested)

    Myself and a handful of my friends are in the beginning stages of planning a beer tour of Europe. Thus, I appeal to this forum for any tips you may have. Rough plans at the moment would be a four week tour. Pattern is in three day sets: travel, visit breweries, and recover from...
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    Beer Tour Europe planning ... (tips requested)

    <oops, I misfiled this thread.. I meant for it to be under General Beer Discussion, since it is beer related.... I reposted it over there and have removed it from here. Sorry for the double post>.
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    BrewDog, still not beer, 55% ABV, £500/bottle, Dead Animal Bottles

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-10725024 Anyone want a stout stoat? I cannot decide if I like or dislike these bottles. They're novel, but oh so horrific. Thoughts? How is this even beer at 55%? :mug:
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    How tall is too tall? (They're still getting taller ..)

    The previous owner of my house grew hops. I wanted to start growing hops, and was quite excited to see his hops sprout out of the ground in the Spring. Once they were a few feet long, I put a string up for them to climb. The string goes up to the top of my porch, which is nearly 20 foot...
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    Alternative Carbing Methods and Flavor Results

    I could not decide if I should post this in the beer chemistry or yeast section or in the bottling/kegging section. I decided to go with bottling/kegging, since this is really about modifications to that process. I have been thinking a lot about carbonating beer lately and different ways it...
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    Failed Bottle Carbing ... again

    About every third batch that I make completely fails at carbonating in the bottle. I am at a total loss as to what is causing this, as there appears to be nothing consistent in what I do - presumably "wrong" somewhere - to cause this. Bottling procedure: 1) Clean bottles with starsan, let...
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    Hop Identification ... ?

    How can I identify what type of hops I have? I moved recently. Last week, my wife discovered little plants growing in the garden, which she could not identify. We decided to let them keep going for a few more weeks to see what they were, since they were in a line. At this point, they look...
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    [beer gone to cooking] Mash Tun gone Souse Vide ....

    I should be shot for asking this, but ... Has anyone here used their Mash Tun or hot liquor tank as a souse vide? I was looking at a souse vide recipe and my equipment, and realized using what I already have would be a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a souse vide supreme. Any thoughts...
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