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    You know you're a home brewer when?

    If your oatmeal is too hot you immerse it in sink full of ice water to chill it rapidly.
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    You know you're a home brewer when?

    When filling out your facebook profile you enter "Brewish" for religion.
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    You know you're a home brewer when?

    You get in a fight with you wife becuse the tea set she bought for your daughter is not food grade.
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    Blackberry Wheat

    My wife would like me to brew a blackberry wheat. A few years ago I did the extract version of the Apricot Wheat from Brewing Classic Styles and I thought it was a good beer (even with a few mistakes on my part). I would like to make the same recipe (all grain this time) and was thinking about...
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    Cream Ale- Secondary?

    Thanks for the info.
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    Cream Ale- Secondary?

    I have seen a krausen before but nothing like this. This is what i was talking about. I could only get a shot from above.
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    Cream Ale- Secondary?

    This is my second time I've aerated with a stone for 15 min (air not O2) and the first time I've aerated with a stone and used a starter. So from what you are saying, I’m hopeful that things may be going right. My 6th batch is carbonating in the bottle and of the previous 5 some were good...
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    Cream Ale- Secondary?

    On Sunday June 23 I brewed the cream ale recipe from brewing classic styles. It's my 7th all grain batch and I feel that I did all the steps reasonably correct. Within 12 hours there was active fermentation and within a few days there was a massive amount of foam at the top of the carboy. I've...
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    Damp Chalk Hops?

    I brewed a pale ale yesterday with columbus hops. I purchased the hops about 1 week ago and stored them in the freezer. When I cut open the package I found that half of the hops were powder and the pellets had the consistancy of damp chalk. They fell apart when handled. As time was not on my...
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    English IPA Water ?

    I had my water analyzed and my Bicarbonate is 285. I would like to brew an English IPA and understand that BOT water has virtually no HCO3. It seems that the best solution is to dilute with distilled water. I was hoping to try a 1:1 ratio to get a HCO3 of approx 142.5. Is that enough or should...
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    What Fridge to Purchase?

    can you fement at ale temps in a freezer? is it safe to put the thing on its side? thanks, mike
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    What Fridge to Purchase?

    whoops, i didn't look at the measurements. disregard my previous thread. thanks, Mike
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    What Fridge to Purchase?

    That's a nice chest freezer and pretty affordable. My only concern is that I may have a hard time placing and removing the carboy from it. Do you have any issues: dropped carboy, herniated disc, etc...? Thanks, Mike
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    What Fridge to Purchase?

    I'm considering taking the plunge and buying a fridge for fermentation. I'd prefer to buy a new fridge because I hope to use it for a long time and if new it might have a decent warranty. Space is a big issue. I'd like to get the smallest fridge possible that I can fit a 6.5 gallon glass carboy...
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    cancelled brew day/ starter ?

    cool, so lets say I make another starter-should I use all of the yeast in the final starter or just a portion of it? Thanks, Mike
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    cancelled brew day/ starter ?

    I made a 2 liter starter with 2 smack packs on Sun June 6. I put it in the fridge Mon June 7 for a Tues June 8 Brew day. It rained so brew day got cancelled. I took the starter out of the fridge and put it in my basement for use next Tues Jun 15 (9 days after making starter). If it rains again...
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    American Stout Questions

    For my 3rd all grain I'll be doing an American stout. 1) What water profile should I shoot for, London or Dublin? 2) This will be my first time adding brewing salts. Do I add the salts to the mash? 3) If I'm using brewing salts, will adding 5.2 to strike and sparge water hurt at all? Thanks...
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    soft water analysis?

    Thanks for the info. After reading Palmer's section on water for the 100th time it finally sunk through my thick skull not to waste my time with softened water. My outside water is not softened so I am going to go to Walmart and pick up an inline filter to attach to the hose. Mike
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    soft water analysis?

    My plan is to dilute it with distilled water and add water additives as needed. Hopefully I can save money on bottled water by doing this. Does it sound brilliant or stupid? Thanks, Mike
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    soft water analysis?

    I have a water softener and am planning on getting my softened water analyzed. From scouring this site I have come to learn that softened water is unacceptably high in sodium. Has anyone with softened water had their water analyzed? Thanks, Mike
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