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    Wild Yeast Wrangling -- What do I Have?

    I've been doing this for at least a month now, with little success. This time, I took a few extra precautions and used DME/agar mix. I looked at the sample this morning and I don't really see anything that looks like yeast (except for the little brown/reddish spots). Can anybody identify...
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    Starting my First Sample -- A Few Questions (Update)

    Well, I poured my first agar plate a few days ago (with the help from a friend) and it turned out beautiful! A lot better than I expected. We are going to pour two more generations (the 2nd being almost ready now) and then I am going to order some DME and hops for a starter. I am also going to...
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    Starting my First Sample -- A Few Questions

    Hello, this is my first time trying to capture wild yeast and I had a few questions... A bit of background to procedures first: I am using a mason jar (as suggested by the wiki) and practiced sanitation procedures (boiled the jar and everything to it). For nutrients and bactria control, I...
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    Efficiency Help (Update)

    Hello there! About a month ago I had trouble brewing all-grain. Long story short, a few of you suggested BIAB. At the time, I only had maybe a 15 L pot -- so it would've been tricky to pull off. Recently I aquired a 32 L pot, so this was definately do-able. I did a sort of BIAB (basically a...
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    Efficiency Help

    Hello, I've done my 2nd all-grain brew and I was wondering if there is any way I can maximize my brewhouse efficiency. Here's the deal, because I can't afford (nor do I have the space) proper brewing equipment, for a regular 5 gal mash I split it up into 3 smallar batches. Now, I've gone...
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    Help With Belgian Strong Ale Please.

    Hello all, I am making a Belgian Strong Ale for Christmas, and I just wanted a few possible suggestions for ingredience. You can find my current layout here: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f73/belgian-strong-ale-x-mas-special-80606/? (along with some explanations for my odd choice of grains)...
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    Alpha Acids Percentage of Common hops?

    Hello, I bought a common hops plant about 2 or 3 years ago. This year they finally grew cones, and damn do they take over a garden quick! I am new to growing hops, just point out. However, I wanted to know what the A.A percentage usually is for common hops. I've looked around the Internet, but...
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    Sweet Stout

    Further notes: I had several people try this one out, and all loved it. The most common response I had was how smooth it was. My personal experience, was that as described above - you could also taste a touch of the maple syrup, and the oak was prevalent as well. The bitterness was about half...
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    Belgian Strong Ale (Christmas Special)

    Note: This is an experimental recipe, it may be changed; use at your own risk. As explained in my previous posts, I am limited to what I can use, as far as grains and hops go. So, I often have to improvise. I encourage those who want to try this recipe to use my original vision (or do changes...
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    Preparing a Corn Mash

    Hello, I am making my next brew, and I am this time adding corn to it. I was wondering how you prepare the corn. I read you can use flaked corn, and just add it to the brew, but if you are using whole corn you need to cook the corn in a cereal cooker to gelatinize the starches. I was wondering...
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    Scotch Ale Result

    Awhile back, I asked for suggestions on making a Scotch brew . Unfortunately the recipe was turning out nothing like a Scotch. I finally settled on a recipe, and it was a hit! It tasted more like a Stout than anything, I'd have to say. Anyways, here it is: Base Grain: 4 lb. British 2-row...
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    Strong Scotch Ale suggestions?

    This is the first time I've done a Scotch ale, and I just want a few pointers. I do have some alternative ingredients because the supplier I have right now is somewhat unreliable. So, this is what I have: Base Grain: 4 lb. Belgian CaraMunich (Alternate) Dark Munich Specialty Grain: 2...
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    Fermentation Issues. Any Suggestions?

    NOTE: I do NOT plan to use this for illegal activity, I am only using GAC FILTERING! Hello everyone, I started a sort of experiment, about a month and a half ago, and my brew seems to not be fermenting (or at least it seems to be going very, very slowly). Here is the log of events...
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    Important: For College Project (Turbo Yeast)

    Hello everyone, I am currently doing a research project on Turbo Yeast for my English class in college. So I thought, what better people to ask!? My request is simple: all I need is your experiences using ANY brand of Turbo Yeast. I need to know which is best for not producing off-flavors at...
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    Water Stablization Problem (A Newbie Question)

    Hello; I first just starting partial mashing last week, and I think I made what maybe a big or small mistake. I added basically a whole packet of Epsom Salts to my mash water, and regular salt to my sparge water. The reason was that the PH papers weren't going to the desired PH level. I finally...
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    India Pale Ale Bittering Problem

    I'm trying to make an India pale ale, but I am having a problem bittering it up. Here's the recipe, somehow I doubt I need all of those bittering hops: Style: India Pale Ale Type: Extract w/grain Size: 20 liters Color: 12 HCU (~8 SRM) Bitterness: 16 IBU OG: 1.047...
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    Turbo Yeast Question

    I was wondering, has anybody here used turbo yeast, and have you (or is it even possible) gotten it past 20%? I am plan to eventually to embark on making a sort of absinthe 'beer/ wine' (I would totally get flamed on the absinthe forums for this). I do realise that is most likely isn't going to...
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    First Recipe Question

    I am new to the home brewing world, but I do feel ready to be making my own recipe. I have done about 5 batches of beer (the 5th being the best turned out). Three using beer kits (the rest were custom and didn't turn out, one using purely herbs, the other may have turned out if I hadn't burned...
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