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    What I did for beer today

    Picked up grain and hops from my LHBS for my brew this weekend. Receiving my tilt hydrometer from UPS today as well.
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    Missouri LHBS in St Louis

    Thanks for the suggestion wognot. I am on the west of the city so going across the river is a bit of a hike. Im only 15 min from MO malt so that works really well for me.
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    Missouri LHBS in St Louis

    Thanks. I am planning on brewing this weekend so I will pay them a visit.
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    Missouri LHBS in St Louis

    I just relocated to the St Louis area and am looking for opinions on the best LHBS. I visited Steampunk and it seems like a decent place, but without visiting every one in the area I dont have much to compare to. Seems like there are several around here.
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    Cold Crashing

    OK so I guess just the act of kegging it handles the cold crash. So I will just end up with a little sediment on my first pour. No big deal. Appreciate the replies.
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    Cold Crashing

    I have an IPA in the fermenter that I will be kegging at the end of the week. I have not cold crashed in the past but like the idea of having a much clearer beer. I understand just putting my fermenter in the fridge will suck in air and risk oxygen getting in which we all know is bad. I have...
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    Keezer

    What do you guys think of this? I am going to put 2 kegs in it right now and mount the faucets through the door. Bonus, it has a refrigerator mode so dont need to add a temp controller...
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    Second all grain batch today

    It is supposed to be an Amber Ale. I found it on line but dont remember exactly where. I copied the text to a local doc. I did plug the numbers into a spreadsheet calculator and I can definitely see that the OG number in the recipe was way off. Hop schedule: 60 min 0.75 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (60...
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    Second all grain batch today

    So I guess I still have some work to do. So what tips can I use to raise my efficiency? I will go through my steps. Preheated my mash tun. Added 4 gallons 170 deg water to mash tun. Added grains while wife stirred. Checked temp of mash and it was at 157. Mashed for 45 min. Sparged with 168...
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    Second all grain batch today

    So I have been brewing for a little over a year. I finally got a mash tun built and a new brew pot so I jumped into all grain a few weeks ago. My first batch (IPA) is still in the bottles carbing but pre bottling taste was very good. My OG on my first batch was a little lower than the recipe...
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    Tasted my first beer tonight

    Last weekend I bottled my first beer. It was a hefeweizen extract kit. I know its only been in the bottle for a week, but I just couldnt wait to taste it. So I popped one in the fridge a couple of hours ago and just poured a glass. I have to say I am very happy with it. Even my wife was...
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    Second Batch tomorrow - Need Advice

    Yes it did get warm here today. I have it sitting on a tile floor and it is currently just over 80. So I will wait a little longer and pitch the yeast.
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    Second Batch tomorrow - Need Advice

    I let the sample cool before I took the reading. And I did use the conversion chart as I think it was 70 when I took the reading. So had to add .001 The partial mash worked out really good. I followed the advise on here and it went very smooth. The final color looks good and very clear since...
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    Second Batch tomorrow - Need Advice

    So since I am waiting for it to finish cooling I checked the SG. Its at 1.064. Right at the upper end of the expected. Had a taste and it tastes really good at this point. Cant wait for this one to get done.
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    Second Batch tomorrow - Need Advice

    OK so I ended up brewing today as I didnt have the time yesterday. I just transferred the cooled wort (100deg) into my bucket and topped it off with cold water (1.5 gallons). The wort is still like 85 degrees so dont want to add yeast until it gets to 70. Is is ok to let it sit a couple of hours...
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    Second Batch tomorrow - Need Advice

    Subbed the EKG for Styrian Goldings. Although you might be right about the amount He printed me off a sheet with the conversions and it shows a total of 3.6 oz of EKG and 2.7 oz of Syrian. I come up with 2.2 oz total if you convert 62g to oz. To answer your other question, no I do not know how...
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    Second Batch tomorrow - Need Advice

    So I am bottling my first batch and want to jump right into another batch and start fermenting. I went to my local LHBS and showed him this recipe and asked if I could do this in extract. I love this beer and wanted to try and make something similar at home...
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    New Member First Batch

    Thanks for all the encouragement guys. Makes me feel much better. Even as Im sure this wont be my first or my best batch, Im sure I will enjoy drinking it since I made it myself.
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    New Member First Batch

    Thats one of the things I need to improve on as well. I didnt have a thermometer at the time but will have one for my next batch. I cooled the wort in a ice bath in the sink. It took a little longer than I would have liked because I started running out of ice. But Im guessing it was about 90 or...
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    New Member First Batch

    I got a brewing kit for Christmas so I jumped right in and started my first batch. I got a True Brew Bavarian Hefeweizen kit that I used. I really wish I would have read on the forums a bunch before I started, but hopefully I didnt screw it up too bad. The only big thing I did that I would...
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