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    San Miguel Pale Pilsen clone recipe

    Would anyone happen to know of a recipe for this beer? Ever since I got into homebrewing, my dad has been asking me when I was going to make this beer. Being Filipino, San Mig is the drink of choice. My dad always tells me stories of when he was younger and this was the only beer they...
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    Milk stouts, lactose, and gravity

    A few weeks back, I brewed my peanut butter milk stout recipe. I hit 10 points above the estimated OG of 1.066 and got 1.076. It's been 2 weeks in the primary and the SG as of today is 1.037. I seem to only have hit 50% attenuation, which is much lower than my usual with starters. I'm going...
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    New to Kegging questions

    I just got my 2 keg kit last week. I'm looking to get my CO2 tank filled this weekend. Yesterday, I got to cleaning them as they still smelled like soda. Disassembled everything and soaked everything in PBW. Really did the trick. Inspected the o-rings, replaced the ones needed to be...
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    Wyeast 1028, big beers, and attenuation

    Tomorrow, my christmas old ale will be in the fermenter for a total of 3 weeks. I used Wyeast 1028 and built a starter. The old ale had an OG of 1.085. During that time, it sat in my ferm chamber at 65F. Over this past week, I bumped the temp up to 68F, then 70F, to get it ready for today...
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    Sacramento CO2 tank refills/exchanges

    For you Sacramento brewers, where do you guys go to get your CO2 tanks refilled? Or if you prefer exchanging, which of the local shops have the best exchange prices?
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    So my kegging journey begins.......with a few questions

    Tomorrow is my birthday and my girlfriend couldn't contain her excitement any longer and gave me my bday gift. She gave me a nonic pint glass with my brewery name engraved on it and inside the glass was cash. She said the cash was for me to use on getting started on kegging! Best girlfriend...
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    Question for those who mash in a cooler...

    ...and for those who don't have a pulley system. After the mash, do you take the bag out and drain it in a seperate vessel or do you simply just leave the bag in there and drain it? I don't have a pulley system in place, so for the moment, I just pull the bags out and have them drain in a...
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    Lactose

    I'm getting ready to brew up a peanut butter milk stout within the next couple of weeks. I'm checking out my recipe and wondered about the addition of lactose. Is adding the lactose at flameout appropriate or is there a different way to do it? Or does adding them at different times give them...
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    Bitter hydrometer sample

    I brewed my christmas old ale today. Everything went really well. Hit all my numbers all throughout, actually did better than all the estimated numbers. After taking my post boil sample for an OG reading, the aroma was amazing. EKG gingerbread cookie is what I could think of. But the...
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    Spices: Ground or Whole?

    For those of you who like to spice up your brews from time to time, do you like to use ground or whole spices? If you use ground spices, do you find that it settles out into the trub after a while? If you use whole spices, do you crush them coarsely and then 'dry hop' in the primary...
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    Big Starters for Big Beers

    How do you guys go about making starters for big beers? I've got a 1.083 OG beer planned and it called for a 4.5L starter of Wyeast 1028. I've never made a starter this big before and I only have 1 stir plate and 1 flask (2L). Originally, I was thinking I could just make a 2L starter...
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    2 Recipes - Christmas Old Ale and PB Milk Stout

    I hate to be greedy, but I've got two recipes that I want to brew back to back. Both I set up on beersmith at 70% efficiency, if not it's 65%. Christmas Old Ale 11lbs Maris Otter 5lbs Munich Malt 10.4oz Crystal 60L 3.5oz Chocolate Malt (someone recommended I use Pale Chocolate...
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    I hate to do this, but I need help with a mash tun leak

    I'm using a 70qt Coleman Xtreme Cooler and I can't figure out how to stop the leak. I've seen other people use the same cooler, using the same fittings, and having no problems with leaks. It's been nearly a month and I've tried many different washer, o-ring, grommet configurations with no...
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    Can someone take a look at my city's water report?

    I wasn't sure if this was the appropriate place to post this question, but I couldn't figure which subforum to go into. For my previous brews, I've been taking 5 gallon jugs to the grocery store and filling up at their water stations. As far as I know, that water is treated and RO'd. With...
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    Hot wort and yeast

    I got to talking to a friend about homebrewing and we got to talking about hot wort and yeast. Earlier today, he said he was getting set to make a starter. Boiled 150g of DME in 1.5L of water. All was fine and well during the boil. He made an ice bath to cool the wort and as it cooled...
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    Do I have to sparge?

    I just received a recipe that will be my first BIAB recipe. The brewer that sent it to me scaled it down to 5gal for me for BIAB. In the recipe, he noted that I would mash in 10lbs of grain with 12.50qt/3.125gal @ 163.4F, step temp at 150F for 75min. Then he calls for a fly sparge with...
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    Question for my California homebrewers

    The reason I'm asking my fellow California homebrewers is because we're in a drought and I'm always looking to do my part in helping save water (you should see how dusty my car is). I know it's a small footprint in the whole scheme of things, but with water usage regulations getting a bit...
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    Yeast, fruit, and beer

    So I racked my wheat beer on top of passion fruit juice this past Tuesday. Secondary fermentation kicked off a few hours after, with the morning after going off like it was the first week in the primary all over again. It has since died down and I'm leaving it in there for a week, ramping the...
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    Moving onto BIAB

    A few weeks ago, I made a post asking about my equipment and seeing if it was enough to go all grain. Someone mentioned BIAB and I've been looking it up since and I think it's the route I want to go for all grain. I'm thinking about doing the mash in a cooler BIAB as I read some blogs about it...
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    Cold Crashed beer - a few questions

    Back on July 9th, I bottled my blonde ale and it didn't taste how I was expecting it to taste. It tasted better when I took a gravity reading a week into the primary. I used WLP001 starter. Fermentation went as follows: First week was spent at 68F Second week was split into two -...
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