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  1. dzamba

    How many home brewers are in Queens/NYC?

    I was wondering if anyone has a rough estimate of the number of home brewers are in Queens and in NYC.
  2. dzamba

    Brewday with new 10 Gal MLT & Manifold

    Thinking my next purchase will be a sparge arm My closet smells really good today. I've got 4 going right now.
  3. dzamba

    Austin Homebrew Rogue Imperial IPA clone not an Imperial IPA?

    I was going to brew a batch of this IIPA this weekend but as it turns out it's not an Imperial IPA. It's even a little light in the SRM department to be considered an American IPA. 15 lbs of American 2-Row (the site says 16 but they only gave me 15) 1 oz Newport 60 min 1 oz Cascade 30...
  4. dzamba

    Does this look like a good buy?

    I am looking for a simple kegging system so I can control the carbonation better. I would also like to bottle less, so I figured I can fill up a few growlers too. 1 Tap Home Brewing Kit 1 Cornelius Keg and CO2 Tank - eBay (item 290306055757 end time Apr-26-09 18:02:13 PDT)
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    Who's brewing this weekend?

    I'm gonna try a batch of APA this weekend if SWMBO doesn't kill me after my last disaster.
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    Anybody going to the Cask Ale Fest in Chelsea Piers NYC this weekend?

    It looks like it's gonna be awesome. 45 ales on cask. Goddamn I can't wait. The 3rd Manhattan Cask Ale Festival at Chelsea Brewing Company
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    Brew day disaster

    I was brewing a half batch of APA on Saturday and I had more problems than I can count. I hit my 152 mash temp, no problemo. When I added some more water to the mash to get to 170 I must have disturbed the grain bed. When I tried to vorlauf it was stuck. I tried everything: scraping the top of...
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    Another "Does this look infected?" Thread

    Sorry. I was hoping to bottle today, but I think I caught something. Does anyone recomend bottling today anyway.
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    What the F*ck was that? Growler Bomb

    I had a few growlers in my bedroom and one of them expolded a few feet away from me this morning in my sleep. The worst part is I don't know why. The FG was on target @ 1.013. I quickly put all the remaining bottles from the batch in the fridge. Now I'm gonna lie down and try to stop shaking.
  10. dzamba

    Dryhopped Barleywine

    Before and after racking
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    Champagne Yeast to carbonate barleywine

    I heard that some barleywines will not carbonate well with priming sugar alone, and that some brewers use champagne yeast to carbonate it. How does this work? Do I add the yeast to the bottling bucket while I'm racking... and do I still use priming sugar?
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    Young's Double Chocolate Stout

    I went to my local beer store the day before yesterday and I found Young's in a can complete with a widget! It really helped make my new years special. They also had Mother's Milk, this is a great treat too. I've only had them on draft before.
  13. dzamba

    Too much ginger

    Please help. I think I added too much ginger to my ale. I am a week in the primary, can anyone think of something to balance the flavor so it doesn't have such a bitter/sour aftertaste? Here's the recipe: 6.6 Lbs LME 8oz. Dark Crystal Grains (steeped for 30 min) 2oz. Pillgrim Hops...
  14. dzamba

    fermentation stopped too early

    og was 1.090 big barleywine but it stopped at 1.026. should I repitch to try to get it down a little more? what if I tried a different type of yeast?
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    Do I need to repitch yeast?

    I made my first starter yeast on Saturday for Sunday brew day. Airlock was bubbling Sat night and Sunday morning. The beer is a imperial ipa with a sg 1.090. I pitched the yeast at 3:00 PM yesterday and there is no visable signs of fermentation. Should I have waited longer before...
  16. dzamba

    Brewing with fruit

    Just for a little added flavor I cut up 3 peaches put half in the wort after the boil and "dry peached" the other half in the primary. I was just wondering how this will effect the SG.
  17. dzamba

    Hop plugs vs Hop pellets

    I like the plugs a little better. They are easier to filter from the wort, and it doesn't look like a bunch of crap in the kettle. I just can't find them as easy as the pellets and they are generally more expensive. The hop leaves are a nice choice too.
  18. dzamba

    1st Lager (problem)

    I cooled it to 75 before I pitched the German lager yeast. Left it overnight and I didn't notice any activity. In haste I decided it was too warm and refregirated it all day while I was at work. It's now 50 degrees. Still no activity, no foam in the inside of container.So I moved it into the...
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    Dzamba Brewing Co. Scotch and Summer

    Here are label's for 2 ales that are botteling now. What do you think? sorry for posting it on google. i'm running through a strict firewall
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    Honey Ale

    Good afternoon, I brewed a batch of ale and added honey 48 hours after fermentation started. I took a hydromatic reading before I pitched the yeast, but not before I added the honey. I think the beer will more dense with the honey added. Is there a way to take an accurate reading when...