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    2nd AG brewday and 1st AG taste!

    So, I'm on vacation this week, so I decided that I needed to brew my second AG. I brewed up Biermuncher's Black Pearl Porter. My effeciency sucked, but I'm not too worried about that. Only one hiccup today. The inlet hose on my immursion chiller was loose and was spraying some water right...
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    Stainless Steel Wort Chiller?

    I saw that one of the larger suppliers online has a stainless wort chiller for sale. It is cheaper than the copper ones that they sell. I know that copper is a good metal for exchanging the heat, but would stainless work as well? Maybe I should have done a search first!! Sorry for reposting...
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    What is the purpose of the 2-row malt in my extract recipe?

    I received my AHS West Coast Pale Ale kit today. The recipe is: 7 lbs Extra Pale Liquid Extract (1.3 SRM) 8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) 1.50 oz Amarillo [8.90 %] (60 min)...
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    How long to hops keep?

    So, while cleaning out my freezer, I found 1 oz. of Liberty hop pellets in one of those vacuum sealed bags. I bought these 2-3 years ago when I was dinking around with a Mr. Beer. They've been in the freezer the whole time. My question is a general one because even if these are still good, I...
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    Another temperature question

    I have my first batch fermenting away (brewed on Sunday) sitting in my laundry room at about 71-72 degrees. SWMBO isn't too keen about it being in that room. I fully understand, it is a small room and is kind of in the way. Plus, it is putting off that fermenting smell. My question is, after...
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    First Brew day a success!

    So, I brewed my first 5 gallon beer today! It was an Irish red ale from Midwest. Things went so well and it was a lot of fun. I played around with Mr. Beer several years ago, and things never turned out very well, so I gave up. I got the bug again recently and decided to invest in a better...