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    Hops Score!

    Went to my LHBS today to see if they had re-opened yet after moving locations. Not only had they re-opened but they were having a 50% off sale on leaf hops! Ended up leaving with: Apollo-2 pounds $16 Centennial-1 pound $7 Cascade-1 pound $7 Amarillo-1 pound $8 Chinook-1 pound $8 and some...
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    Yeast choice for semi sweet cyser

    After brewing beers for 9 months a friend has asked me to make him a traditional "old world" mead for him. I found an interesting read... The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened There are plenty of old mead recipes but most sound pretty gross, including a lot of spices that would not...
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    Help with my saison recipe

    Going to brew my first saison this weekend. My original recipe was: Ingredients Amt Name Type # %/IBU 10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) Bel (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 83.3 % 12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 2 6.3 % 12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 3 6.3 % 8.0 oz...
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    Apfelwein Batch 2

    Started my second batch of Apfelwein today. This time I used brown sugar, cinammon and Nottingham yeast. Last time I used table sugar and wine yeast. I think I'll also backsweeten it at bottling with Splenda (after tasting it first). The first batch was very dry. Let the rhino farts commence...
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    Single 120v element options?

    Starting to do my homework to build an eBIAB system. Would like to stick with 120v since I have 120v service in both the front and back of the house. Winter I brew in the backyard in the sun, summer, I brew in the front in the shade. Can I do 5 gallon batches with a single 120V heater element...
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    Belgian Quad-high FG-need to prime?

    Brewed a Belgian Quad a couple months ago. It's spent almost 6 weeks in secondary. Here's a brief rundown of the recipe: 5 gallon batch 8 # Belgian Pale Malt 8# Belgian Pilsner Malt 2# Corn Sugar 40oz Belgian Candi Sugar Wyeast Trappist High Gravity yeast misc hops but that won't effect...
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    Recipe help-American Barleywine

    I just tried Old Knucklehead by Bridgeport Brewing in Portland, OR. It's got quite a sweet finish to it. Much different than other barleywine's I've had. Anyone have a recipe for this beer? Or maybe a suggestion or recipe for a beer like it that has a sweet dessert-like finish?
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    Washing yeast-didn't separate

    Tried washing yeast last week for the first time. Trappist High Gravity yeast. I did the first couple steps.....add sterilized water, swish around, pour into quart jars to let separate. The first washing, I got a little sediment in the bottom. Poured out clear liquid and saved the sludge but...
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    First Starter-Learned something

    I made my first starter yesterday with Trappist High Gravity. I couldn't find a large erlenmeyer flask for under $30 so I used an old 4 liter glass cookie jar. After sanitizing it well I put the starter in. Having read about the need to agitate and/or stir I did so a few times before bed last...
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    Hallertau Substitute

    So I need a substitute for Hallertaur Herschbrucker. All the substitution charts say to use Mt Hood. I thought I had read that Hallertauer Mittelfruh was bred to replace Hallettauer Herschbrucker because it was prone to fungus. So is the Mittelfruh a suitable alternative?
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    Sour Beer-What happened?

    My first SMaSH beer was going to be an English Mild Ale, Marris Otter and a mystery hop. I brewed it about 10 weeks ago and I didn't much like the flavor of it after fermentation so I was lazy and let it sit without dumping it. I tried it today and it is definately sour. It doesn't have any...
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    Using flavor syrups

    I know the brewshops sell small bottles of flavor concentrate, mostly fruit flavors. Can I use flavor syrups like what you would put in coffee? It's made with sugar but has some preservatives in it. If it is usable, is there a recommended starting range for adding the syrup? ie-1 cup per 5...
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    Pliny the Elder clone hop schedule

    Hi all. I'm planning on brewing a Pliny the Elder clone this weekend and have found a few differences between hop schedules. I have printed Dud's clone recipe and the 'official" pdf. Dude's calls for: Chinook 1.5oz mash hop Warrior 2.75 oz @ 90 Chinook .5 oz @ 90 Simcoe 1 oz @ 45...