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    Carbing with a stone

    I am thinking about hooking up a loop circuit between my trub dump, pump with a carb stone, & racking cane. Has anyone tried this? I have heard that you need some head pressure of co2 but not sure why? In theory after about an hour or so it should work. I'll be using a 1bbl ss fermenter with...
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    Braumeister Fermentors

    Anyone have any experience with Braumeisters SS fermenters? Quality, issues??
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    IPA repeatability

    When attempting to repeat an IPA when the hop AA's are different from crop to crop, do most of you attempt to obtain the same IBU's or same flavor/aroma? If you go for same IBU's do you alter your boiling times or do the formula to achieve the proper IBU's with same boil times as previous recipe?
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    Lighter Beer Carbonation

    Lately I have been having a problem with carbonating my lighter beers with bottling. I force carb at 17psi for a few days, then bring down to about 6psi for bottling after I have released some pressure. No matter what I do, the foaming is crazy. Used to never have this problem but my last 2...
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    Help with initial strike temp for Mash

    I am looking for some advice to give me the best method to determine my strike water so when I add my grain (68-70 F) that my desired mash temp hits relatively close. I don't plan to do HERMS or RIMS. I have used multiple calculators and no matter what it says to do, as soon as the grain is...
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    Help with gravity

    Wll my HBT colleagues.....I figured out what happened because I caught it last night while making my Porter. I have 1 pump for all 3 vessels w/a "T" & depending which valve is open where the pump pulls from. I was chilling my Porter & noticed it getting lighter. I stopped pumping to figure...
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    Vanilla addition

    Anyone ever used ground vanilla beans & if so how much in ounces for a 5 gallon batch?
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    Vanilla addition

    In boil at 15 min or fermenter after primary fermentation complete?
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    Help with gravity

    Correct...no lid.
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    Help with gravity

    Yes...my pb means preboil. I ran some clean water through the chiller & there was maybe a small amount of water that came out prior to chilled wort but nothing excessive. I have had little issue with my other beers so that leads me to think that there is no chiller leak (Blichmann Therminator)...
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    Help with gravity

    I did no top off. Full boil. My final gravity at room temp was 1.052. Called for 1.066. Pb gravity called for 1.058, I had 1.056. Supposedly your gravity should increase with the boil due to evaporation.
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    Help with gravity

    Ok.....using beer smith. Making a medium body wheat beer. States my expected pb Gravity should be 1.058. I got 1.056. I did not fee compelled to correct for the .002 points. During the boil, took a sample & corrected it for temp & it was 1.070. Final gravity should be 1.066. So I'm doing...
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    Grain grind

    Does this look like a decent grind? Used barley crusher for years & never changed the roller settings. Had some brews not turn out & many that have.
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    False bottom sizes

    Awesome!
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    False bottom sizes

    So if I have a 13" diameter mash tun, can I use a 12" domed false bottom or does it need to be an exact fit?
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    Beersmith help

    Thx! Any suggestions on equipment profiles? I may want to scale up to larger than 10 gal pot. Do the value/constants change when you do that or do you need to know what they are? Also the recipe cloud. I never rec'd a beer smith login for it.
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    Beersmith help

    When choosing a mash profile with a mash out option, it states to add water to bring it up to temp. I usually use my HERMS to do this, so do I add strike water it states & additional water for mash out (changes it from 1.25 to 1.75 qts/lb).
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    Fast fermentation?

    So I checked a gravity, well over than I want but it has fermented & still a lot of krausen on top. So I stirred it some to see if I can get it going some more. My LHBS told me to let it go for 1 full week & recheck before repitching. Thoughts??
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    Fast fermentation?

    Pitch temp 66 F & temp remained around 68 F. Had it happen on bigger batches before but never on smaller ones. Used S-05 rehydrated.
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    Fast fermentation?

    Anybody out there have a fast fermentation....under 16 hrs? Amber ale 1.060 OG pitched yeast last nite @ 8:15p. Today at 3p.....barely any bubbling. My friend witnessed this. Haven't had a chance to check a gravity yet. 4.5g batch.
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