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  1. Gtrman13

    Notty finished a bit early. Possible causes/remedies?

    I recently brewed an oatmeal porter (5 gallon batch, OG 1.056). I haven't used nottingham yeast in quite a while, so I'm not really familiar with the ins and out of it. I pitched at 64 and fermented at 65-66 for 11 days. All signs pointed to fermentation being complete but my FG landed at...
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    HUUUGE Starter!

    I'm about to brew a Maibock with an projected OG of 1.070. I'm relatively new to lagers, and I just want to make sure my yeast preparation is not going to be a problem. Instead of multiple vials of yeast in a smaller starter, I want to pitch a single vial into a 7 liter starter (per mr...
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    First Ever Poor Efficiency

    I probably have around 45 or 50 AG batches under my belt at this point, so I consider myself a pretty seasoned brewer. Tonight a brewed an IPA, and for the first time ever got a significantly low efficiency. I normally get in the range of 75% to 78%, but I got 60%. Every other number I had...
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    WLP830 Starter Slow

    I'm making a big starter for an Oktoberfest I'm brewing in the next couple of days with WLP830 German Lager. I pitched two vials into a 2.2L starter on a stir plate about 18 hours ago but I see no activity at all in the starter. Not even a hint of krausen. I did notice that my stir plate...
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    Double IPA Recipe Check, Please

    It seems the last couple of IPA's I've made weren't quite what I wanted to be, or what they used to be. I wondering if there's something in my recipe building that's a little bit funky. Anyway, with this one I want to make a very drinkable double IPA. The one thing that I'm really unsure of...
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    Dry hopping with whole leaf techniques?

    I typically use hop pellets, but I've come to prefer dry hopping with whole leaf hops lately. I usually dry hop in the keg, so there is plenty of shaking to keg full utilization of the hops. But I just used whole leaf for the first time dry hopping in a carboy. I only used one ounce, but it...
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    Cheating a Doppelbock

    I've always been an ale brewer and I admittedly don't know much about lager brewing. I simply don't have the ability to pull off the real thing, however I'd like to try to cheat my way through one. Without getting into recipe specifics, I want to try to brew a doppelbock with WLP810 San Fran...
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    Souring a Barleywine

    Well, I'm thinking of doing an experiment. I brewed a big (1.12 OG) barleywine a few months ago and under pitched my yeast. I used Wyeast 1672 and was trying to get a large amount of fruitiness out of it. Anyway, surprise surprise my FG ended up super high at about 1.048. I tried everything...
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    Recipe Check Please! Triple Wit?

    I had a Unibroue Don de Dieu recently and it simply blew my mind! What a fantastic beer! Anyway, I've tried to find a clone but haven't come up with anything. Therefore I'm formulating my own recipe! I don't care if it's not the exact right thing, I just wan't it to be something kinda close...
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    Hops lifespan - sealed and frozen

    I plan on buying a few pounds of hops soon. Just a few types that a use frequently in the hopes that I can save some money. It will take me a while to use up a pound of a single kind of hop, but I have a vacuum sealer so I can reseal every time I use some. If I reseal whenever I use some and...
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    Drying out high-FG Barleywine

    Well, I transferred my barleywine into secondary today after the FG settled. Unfortunately it has settled at 1.048. I was hoping to get it down closer to 1.035. FYI the OG was 1.126. I was thinking about making a starter, decanting it and pitching it along with some sugar. Would this be an...
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    Thoughts on this IIPA recipe?

    I'd like to hear your thoughts on this IIPA recipe I came up with. I'm going for that ultra-resinous hops-in-your-face taste and aroma kind of thing with a sweet and bready malt backbone. I'm not really familiar with biscuit malt, but I like what I hear about it. Sounds like it could make an...
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    Another "Should I be worried?" thread

    Well, I made a bit of an oops. I brewed a barleywine a few days ago. It had been fermenting away just fine for about 24 hours, at which time I left to go out of town for the night. I just came home about 30 hours later and notice a strange fruity smell. I looked in my bathroom and I find my...
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    Brewed a biiiig barleywine today, question...

    My goal was to make a very very big barleywine. I've never attempted such a brew, so I didn't know what kind of efficiency to expect. I based my grain bill on a 65% efficiency thinking that I'd add 2 lbs of table sugar to boost the ABV and dry out the end result. I'd planned on adding the...
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    How long to secondary on fruit?

    I have a blonde ale in secondary right now with 4.5 pounds of plums on top of it. I'm just wondering how long it'll take to get the maximum amount of flavor from the plums. I'm in no rush, but if it only takes a week then I'll go ahead and keg it. Also, to my eye it appears that the plums...
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    Score!

    So I just got a call from my mom who lives in SC and brews every now and then. She told me she found out that her LHBS had just recieved a few pounds of Simcoe pellets and that she picked up an entire pound for me! :ban: Now that's what parents are for! I guess I'll start scheming for a...
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    Forgot to make a starter!

    Oops! I'm mashing for a porter right now with a projected OG of 1.085 and I forgot to make a starter last night! I'll be using WLP004 for the batch which recommends a starter for anything over 1.070. I'm whipping up a starter right now anyway, but I have a couple options as I see it. Would...
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    Greatest smell ever!

    I just experienced the most wonderful scent. I always prime my kegs with a bit of sugar so they can naturally carb up while they wait in line for the kegerator. When it's their turn to get in I bleed the pressure out of the keg before I hook it up to a CO2 line. Tonight I went to hook up my...
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    IPA Aging

    I was curious to hear your opinions on aging an IPA or IIPA concerning alcohol/malt mellowing in relation to hop flavor diminishing. I recently brewed a IIPA with an OG of 1.090 with the intention of it being a short term grain to glass beer. I had it in primary for two weeks, no secondary...
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    Fall Twist on Porter

    I have a porter recipe that I want to brew soon to hopefully drink in late november. I have the standard recipe laid out, but I want to put a bit of an autumn twist on it by adding toasted pecans, vanilla, and bourbon. I've never used any of these additives before (except vanilla extract, but...
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