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    Larry Bell Stepping Down, Selling to New Belgium's parent company

    Not sure what the proper forum to post this in, but here goes: To the Kalamazoo Community and my Bell’s family: When I first came to Kalamazoo as an ambitious freshman attending Kalamazoo College, I didn’t...
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    Good starter faucet kegerator kit?

    After years of delays, I'm finally planning on moving forward with a keezer build. I've been toying with the idea of piecing together the necessary plumbing myself, or just buying a kit like the one below: I already have 2...
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    Imperial Flagship Yeast for Porter?

    I'll be brewing a porter in the next week or so and I have some of the Imperial Flagship yeast lying around. Does anyone have any experience with using this for a porter?
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    Cider has been in the keg for 2 years.

    I made a cider back in 2015 and kegged it. I pulled 10 pints or so from it at the most and I haven't touched it in over a year and a half. As far as I know, it had CO2 on it the entire time and when I poured a pint just a few minutes ago it came out in full force but it's not really carbonated...
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    Mosaic Galaxy IPA

    Throwing together some ingredients I have laying around: Mosaic Galaxy IPA Method: BIAB Style: American IPA Boil Time: 60 min Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume) Boil Size: 6.5 gallons 10...
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    Brown Ale Recipe - Brown Honey

    I realized I had a lot of random ingredients lying around, so I decided to make a new beer with it! Here's the 1 gallon recipe: HOME BREW RECIPE: Title: Brown Honey Author: D. Elliott Brew Method: BIAB Style Name: American Brown Ale Boil Time: 60 min Batch Size: 1 gallons (fermentor...
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    Founders Mosaic Promise IPA Clone

    I've been having trouble finding a tried-and-tested clone recipe for Founders Mosaic Promise, so I plan on trying out the only one I could find: Partial Mash Recipe: - 4 lbs. Light DME - 7.5 lbs. Golden Promise (if I can find it) - Wyeast 1056 - 6 oz. Mosaic Hops pellets - 60...
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    Automated Bottle Filling and Capping Station

    Last night, I was just going over my bottling game plan for 5 gallons of brown ale and 5 of a 2 Hearted Ale clone and just getting that daunting feeling of how long it's going to take made me start thinking of a way to make it faster. I began brainstorming how to automate some of the process...
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    First cider of 2014 officially underway. Here's the recipe: 5 gallons Mott's Apple Juice 3 cans apple juice concentrate Gravity before concentrate: 1.046 Gravity after concentrate addition: 1.054 Temperature: 66 degrees F Yeast used: Côtes des Blancs This is about the same recipe I made last year, but had...
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    Welch's Concord Grape Juice Wine

    I just started a 1 gallon test batch in a 4 liter wine jug Ingredients: - Simple syrup made of 1 cup water and 2 cups sugar - 2 full bottles of Welch's Farmer's Pick Concord Grape Juice (not 100% Concord grapes, but a grape blend) plus a portion of a third bottle emptied to the top edge of the...
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    Cider time in Michigan yet?

    I'm heading back up to my home state of Michigan for a weeklong visit. It's getting to be about that time whete I start my cider batches and experimentations. I'll be in both the Detroit area and Kalamazoo. Does anybody know if any local cider is selling yet in either area?
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    Homemade Wort Chiller

    Not bad for a first attempt, and god damn it was significantly less money than buying one at a homebrew supply store!
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    so, how about them Tigers?!?

    It was fun, Oakland, but it's time to go home. Bring it on, Boston!
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    using homemade apple syrup to increase gravity instead of other sugars

    It's been too long but cider making & brewing season are off and running for me this year! I made a test gallon batch of hard cider using motts apple juice, cote des blanc yeast, and a bottle of apple syrup I purchase months ago. I loosely followed the 5 day sweet country cider recipe, but never...
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    Using canned pears for Perry?

    Has anyone used those cans of pear halves packed in pear juice (NOT HFCS) to make a perry, or has anyone here ever used canned fruit when making ciders or wines?
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    Friday Night Brew-Down

    Anyone else brew anything tonight? I just finished a pale ale True Brew kit. I took a 5 month hiatus but now I am back to my favorite hobby :cheers:
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    if you are ever in Chattanooga...

    Visit Moccasin Bend Brewing Company. I'm in the process of sampling all 9 brewer on tap and none have disappointed yet!
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    using DME in cider

    Anyone tried adding DME in cider instead of sugar, brown sugar, honey? How does it taste?
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    what's your favorite yeast for making cider?

    I'm still trying to figure out which one I like the most, but what yeast do you guys like to use in your ciders? I've used Nottingham, premier cuvee, and Lalvin ec1118 so far. I bought some montrachet, red pasteur, and safale S-04
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    bottling and carbing attempt #3

    I had a 1 gallon tester batch of cider with brown sugar. I let it go dry to .996, cold crashed for 2 days now, backsweetened with 1-1/2 cups of apple juice to get the gravity up to 1.002, then bottled. I'll keep an eye on them and open one up in a few days.