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    Should I split my potted hops?

    Last year I planted hops in 4 gallon pots, and grew them on my balcony. They received plenty of sunlight, and required near daily watering. By the end of the season I harvested mabey 1/2 lb of cones from each plant, not a bad haul when starting from rhizomes. I left them to overwinter on my...
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    Subbing Pilsner for 2-row? Black IPA

    So I just put on my yeast starter for my Black IPA and realized that I used the last of my 2-row and MO in my Stone Runination clone a few days ago. All I have left is lots of Bohemian Pilsner malt. Is there any downside to using Pilsner for my base grain? (aside from not being able to use it in...
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    Beer stuck in keg!

    So in an attempt to hurry up the process, I racked my DFH60 clone to a keg and dry hopped in the keg. No hopbag, just loose pellets. After letting it sit for a while I hooked it up to the lines, and nothing would pour out! No foam, no little spurts of beer. The gas goes in both the gas in and...
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    Cold break question

    When I brew, I am find myself struggling to get a full 5 gallons into the fermenter. unfortunatelyy my system is a little too small to produce the 5.25 or 5.5 gallons to account for hop and trub loss so I wind up racking almost everything from the boil kettle into the carboy, cold break and all...
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    Picaroon's Cascade (?) IPA

    Picaroons Cascade (?) IPA 14-B American IPA Author: Thomas Size: 5.0 gal Efficiency: 75.0% Attenuation: 75.0% Calories: 229.16 kcal per 12.0 fl oz Original Gravity: 1.069 (1.056 - 1.075) Terminal Gravity: 1.017 (1.010 - 1.018) Color: 11.44 (6.0 - 15.0) Alcohol: 6.77% (5.5% - 7.5%) Bitterness...
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    Oblong yeast cells

    I have just slanted out some Wyeast 1968 and noticed that some of the cells are elongated under the microscope. Does anyone more knowledgeable of yeast morphology know if this indicates some kind of division mutant, or do they elongate during active cell growth?
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    Generic yeast nutrient/energizer

    The only yeast products available in the LHBS are packets labeled "yeast nutrient" or "yeast energizer". I have searched for DAP and Fermaid K, but they are not available in New Brunswick. Does anyone have a close idea to what these generic products may contain? Thanks
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    Frozen wort!

    My friend put on a brew yesterday and left it on his deck to cool down before pitching the yeast. Well he fell asleep for a few hours and in the -34C temperatures the wort forze solid. It was covered the whole time and he left it to thaw overnight before pitching the yeast. Any ideas if this...
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    Cold steeping question

    I want to put on a dark Cascaridan IPA but do not have any debittered roasted barley or carafa malt. I have heard tell of cold steeping to get some color/flavor without the roastiness of dark malt. Can anyone give me some more information on cold steeping, specifically for dark cascadian IPA's...
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    Renting my Keezer

    So one of the guys in my homebrew club asked me if it would be possible to rent my keezer for his sister's wedding. I know a lot about brewing beer but not much when it comes to the catering business. Anyone else ever been in the same situation, or can offer any tips on what a keezer rental...
  11. J

    Bottling time

    I have a batch of mead that I put on last January and I would like to give some of it away as Christmas gifts. What is the best methods to stabilize the mead before bottling?
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    Ringwood diacetyl rest?

    I found myself having to quickly run out and pick up yeast for my bitter recipe the other day, and the only thing I could get was Ringwood. I have never used this and according to Wyeast it requires a diacetyl rest. How do I do this for an ale? Primary fermentation has subsided, and it has been...
  13. J

    Homemade air distributer?

    Is it possible to make a homemade air distributer using brass fittings found at homedepot or Kent? There are no homebrew stores in atlantic Canada that sell kegging supplies at a reasonable cost, and I was curious if it could be done.
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    How many lines per regulator?

    So I am just beginning to build my keezer, but have already run into a bottleneck with my beer! I have the freezer, CO2 tank wi regulator, kegs, temp controller and couplers, but nothing is yet assembled. I also have 2 batches of beer due to be bottled/kegged tomorrow, and an already carbed keg...
  15. J

    Cranberry recipe

    OK, so I got a bunch of cranberries, and a lot of empty carboys. Does anyone have some good cranberry mead recipes?
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    Cheap faucets

    Can anyone recommend a source of cheap, generic faucets and shanks? There are limited options available to me up here in New Brunswick, so I may have to bite the bullet and order online from the states. I have five kegs so far, but may expand to six or seven later on, so I will be needing quite...
  17. J

    to bottle or keg?

    So I am currently in the process of building my keezer, which I suspect will not be finished until the end of October/ mid November. However I have several batches of beer that will be ready for bottling in the coming weeks. Since I have already bought my kegs, should I keg the beer and carb up...
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    Unknown hop ale?

    So I may be getting a bunch of fresh hop comes from a professor who used to brew, but neither I nor he know what variety they are. I would like to brew up some sort of ale with these. Any advice on brewing with unknown hops?
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    What size CO2 tank?

    Im new to kegging and have just picked up half a dozen old pepsi kegs. Me and my buddy are going to be building a keezer this fall, but Im not sure what size tank I will need for this setup. Is there a certain tank size to number of kegs equation I should be following, or will any size of tank...
  20. J

    Ready to bottle .. .

    So last february I put on a 5 gal batch of blueberry mead 13lb clover honey 10lb blueberries 5 tsp yeast nutrients 2 tsp yeast energizer 3/4 tsp Pectic enzyme 5 campden tablets 3 packets of Lavlin D47 yeast. OG of 1.151 followed by 3 rackings onto 1 lb honey a month apart each...
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