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    Help with hydrometer reading

    Final gravity is supposed to be 1.10-1.015 The attached photo is what I have. Could someone please tell me what the reading says? I am guessing it reads right at my nail 1.020???
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    Help with my recipe please

    I am planning on making this tomorrow, I can run to the brew store but can use whats here if I don't need to get anything else. Can yall tell me what you think of this IPA recipe I came up with? Thanks! 14-A English IPA Size: 5.04 gal Efficiency: 75.0% Attenuation: 75.0% Calories...
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    Could anyone evaluate this recipe for me? It is supposed to be an English Ale, but is coming out really dark more like a porter. Is this still an a english ale? What makes it cross over the line into a porter? Through a Mild Darkly 11-C Northern English Brown Ale Author: Brewing...
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    Positive keg equipment shopping experience

    Just got off the phone with Todd over at Home Page and man is that guy cool and helpful. Spent like 45 minutes on the phone with me setting up a custom setup. I already have the corny kegs and regulator so he put together a package exactly for what I wanted and at a great price...
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    Keg Connection - Purchase

    Just got off the phone with Todd at Keg Connection, Man is that guy great. Great prices and he customized my setup for me right over the phone. Spent like 45 minutes with me on the phone. Home Page
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    How long is it good for

    I pitched yeast in my wort on 5/30/08. Went to secondary on 6/13/08. Its been in secondary this whole time. Is this beer still ok to bottle or has it sat too long? It is an oatmeal stout. Thanks!
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    Malt Extract

    Why does malt extract need to boil or simmer for so long? Isnt it disolved in the water after only a few minutes? What is the benefit of a 60 or 90 minute simmer?
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    Bottled Beer longevity???

    If I bottle up beer and store it in dark cool place, whats the shelf life on the bottled beer? Will it taste good in 6 months? a Year? 5? Thanks!
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    Hydro Reading

    This is a recipe I got from a local brew store. It did not include a starting gravity or final gravity reading. after 10 days in the primary I racked down to my secondary and took a Gravity ready. Can you tell me if this reading looks right? I dont know what the reading should be when the wort...
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    Cherry Wine.

    I made a batch of cherry wine from a kit with real cherries. The wine is bottled etc. I have had desert wines such as cherry and strawberry etc and they actually taste like cherries or strawberries. My cherry wine tastes like wine, but I am hard pressed to taste cherry in there. Anyone else have...
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    Cherry Wine Question.

    I made a 6 gallon batch of cherry wine and it has been fermenting longer than what the directions recommended. It was supposed to be bottled at about 2 months and it has been about 3. Is that ok? I know with beer it is alright to ferment longer. How about wine? Also, it tastes very strong. Is...
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    Fat Tire extract recipe help

    Can anyone suggest a recipe for a Fat Tire clone using LME and/or DME? Thanks!
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    Growing yeast

    I purchased a vial of liquid yeast from my local brew shop for a recipe I am planning on trying. Is there anyway to take a portion of that bottle, split it into another flask and grow more and make my own strands of that yeast? Duplicate it by splitting it and double or tripple the amount of...
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    Agitating fermentor during primary stage?

    Does anyone do this to stir it up during the fermentation stage? Just curious.
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    Started batch Sunday Night - Stopped Bubbling today.

    Sunday night I brewed my first batch and put it in the primary fermentor at 10:00PM. Monday at 5PM I had alot of bubbling activity in my bubbler. Tuesday morning I had lots of activity as well. Went to work and came home at 4:30PM. No more bubbling. While it was bubbling alot the temp was...