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    What craft beer do you secretly despise?

    In response to the success of the "what crap beer do you secretly enjoy" thread, I thought I would start one about "what craft beer do you secretly despise or think is overrated." For me, I think IPA's are overrated. I enjoy some of them but many are so 1 dimensional that it is hard to...
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    Slight leak on out stem

    I kegged a beer tonight. I Hoke's up gas at 30 psi and checked for leaks. I have a little air coming out of the out side of keg. I played with the silver poppet and it slowed down. Any ideas? Keg lube it?
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    Anyone try 3 gallons apple juice/cider and 2 gallons pear juice?

    Has anyone tried it as a recipe? If so what were your thoughts on the results?
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    Adding cider with potassium sorbate?

    I am planning a cider. I was wondering if I added about 1/2 gallon of cider with potassium sorbate into the fully fermented 5 gallon batch, would it kill off the yeast or would the new apple cider ferment? I was also thinking about some of the new sweet liquors out there like the flavored...
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    This looks wierd

    I have never had an infection in my beer in 12 years. I recently moved a beer inside because I felt it still needed to ferment more. It was stuck a little high. I opened it to dry hop and there were more bubbles in top. I took a reading and the fg dropped as I thought it would. I added hops...
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    This looks wierd

    I have never had an infection in my beer in 12 years. I recently moved a beer inside because I felt it still needed to ferment more. It was stuck a little high. I opened it to dry hop and there were more bubbles in top. I took a reading and the fg dropped as I thought it would. I added hops...
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    Dry hop mild ale

    I have a mild ale which is about 3.5% alcohol. I put cascade as the bittering hops and added more at 15 minutes. 1 oz each time. I bought 1oz of citra leaf hops (13.4%). I want to use some to dry hop for the first time. How much and for how long?
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    S-04 question

    I have 2 beers in the fermenter. They have been in about 12 and 9 days each. The garage got cold and I left them out there. I brought them in 2 nights ago to warm them back up. The stout built up co2 and blew the bung off. I replaced with bung with airlock. The other beer is in plastic...
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    Co2 leak

    I just installed a new gage on my co2 regulator. I sprayed with star San and I have a leak at the gage. I thought about using pipe tape on it, but thought others may have an idea
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    Add carbonation?

    I kegged an English bitter. I added about half as much carbonation as I usually do when I kegged. I let it carb up for about 10 days. I chilled in my keg orator and just tapped it. It tastes flat. If I let it warm up from about 37 to 54 will it have more carbonation? If I want to increase...
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    Adding cider

    Anyone ever add cider to your boil? I have a mild brewing. It is a weak running from my oatmeal stout and 6 lbs of pale malt. I had some hops in the fridge that were a little dry but still smelled. I threw about an ounce of cascade into the pot and will add another ounce throughout the boil...
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    How much coffee to add?

    I am fermenting an oatmeal stout. I plan to cold brew some espresso to add to it. I already cold brew for personal consumption. Any ideas on the ounces of dry coffee to use? I want the coffee to come through, but not be overbearing
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    Yeast cake

    I brewed an English bitter and left the yeast cake in my fermenter. I kegged it last Thursday. The yeast smells fruity. It was a dry English ale yeast. I feel it is ok to put a stout on it, but wanted to be sure since I have taken a 2 year break from brewing. Thanks for any help. Hoosierbrewer
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    Yeast

    I used Nottingham to ferment an American wheat. Once I keg the beer, could I put a pale ale in the carboy on top of the yeast? I know it is possible. I am just worried about off tastes moving from a wheat to a non- wheat. I have done in the past with non-wheat beers.
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    1st brew in 3 years

    We had our second child 3 years ago. With growing a business and 2 young children, I took a break from brewing. I did my first batch in 3 years tonight. It is an American Wheat. Everything went wrong. I somehow got some grains under my screen during mash and had a stuck sparge even with a...
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    Fridge and parts advice

    Hi All: I hope everyone had a good holiday. Life with an infant is hectic and I have not been on here or brewed in 6 months. I have 100 pounds of grain and hope to knock out 2 beers this month. I have a friend whose wife bought him a kit to convert a full size fridge to a kegerator. He...
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    Need beer style for Pro brew

    I have lined up a 10 barrel batch with a local brew-pub. I also lined up several bars to take on a beer. The brewpub is in another town and we plan to market this beer as a local beer. I want to come up with a style and then work on a simple recipe to brew with 5 gallons. I do not want the...
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    Pacman Attenuation and Flocculation?

    I am using Pacman yeast that I cultivated from a bottle of Rogue. My IPA started at 1.054 and is down to 1.022. The krausen fell today so I have a few more days of yeast clean-up. I usually expect about 1.014-1.016. Does anyone know the specifics of the yeast so that I can estimate final...
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    Beer Gelatin

    I had several requests to post the beer gelatin that was made in the bottom of my secondary of German ale. It was my first attempt at using gelatin to clear my beer. This is how you do not use gelatin to clear your beer more. It did not taste very pleasant.
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    Pacman Pooped Out on Me

    I pitched some Pacman that I reculctured from a couple of bottles of Rogue. I stepped it up 2 times. I pitched it on Monday into an IPA. The Starting Gravity was about 1.054 It is now at about 1.05o and has sat there for 3 days. It had started fermenting. Typical floaties signs of krausen...
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