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  1. Brewskii

    NB Elevenses vs. Palmers Oaked Mild??

    I'm trying to see Into the crystal ball on this recipe because they are obviously different versions of the same. I'm trying to figure out why. From NB website Elevenses; 5.5# Marris Otter 1# C60 0.5# Oak Smoked Wheat 0.5# Brown Malt 0.5# Toasted Oats 0.25# Chocolate Malt 0.6 oz German Norther...
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    Blichmann floor burner mods...

    Has any one seen good info on automating a Blichmann burner? I just bought a top tier and would love to control my hot liquor tank tier on a PID. Is there a good source for this info? I'm thinking of this; http://amzn.com/B00069CR8S Plus a pilot/thermocouple assemply A eBay Love controller 24V...
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    Popular cider add-ins?

    I did my first cider last fall as an augmented fermentation, bottled, and then pasteurized. It was awesome fast and easy. Looking to jazz it up this year and was wondering what all you cider folk think are good add-ins I can throw in the fermenter to give it some character. Any advise is...
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    Brewin Water + 100% distilled = no acid

    Have admittedly put a minimal amount of effort in getting all "Chemistry" in my brewing but I've read some stuff and I use the brewinwater spreadsheet . I try to balance the pH with mineral additions only ( Epsom, CaCl, and Gypsum) while attempting to get good "Palmer" numbers. Usually I can...
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    2x 6gal better bottles $25 shipped !

    Found this on Deal News... http://dn.ws/fviu:iapp_ios_dn-1_6 Midwest supplies 5 and 6 gal better bottles 2for just under $25 shipped with the code "FREEPET" I only wish I needed them
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    Beer SOAP!

    Just when I thought I had every beer related thing imaginable SWMBO comes home with this; BAM! They don't smell like beer but they do smell amazing.., one smells a lot like cedar wood. Crazy cool, right?
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    Worst states in America....

    Is it any wonder, without the ability to homebrew legally; Mississippi -#3 of the worst In a nutshell : #1 - West Virgina #2 -Kentucky #3 -Mississippi #4 -Tennessee #5 -Arkansas http://m.nbcnews.com/business/americas-happiest-most-miserable-states-1C8627202 If your state has a lot of...
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    Midwest supplies dry hops for 14days up to 6 weeks??

    Have much respect for Midwest Supplies - decent kits and competitive prices...heck, their Groupon starter kit was how I decided to get started. So how did they manage to give such bad advice in the last catalog they sent. If you have it, look for home brew tip #2 around the hops section...
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    What beers win the most?

    The good ones, right? Well, I'm picking and choosing the.competitions that I'm entering and I've come to the conclusion that there are styles of beer in AHA/BJCP events that are open to all categories that you could have the best sub-category brew, but no hope of winning at the table because...
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    Man; this is EASY!

    1st time cider bla bla bla... Day one, 2 gallons Murray's filtered pasteurized Apple cider with no preservatives. Added 2 cups of organic cane sugar. OG was 1.059 Pitched 1 pkg. Nottingham dry yeast ... The lazy way. Inserted air lock. Fast forward 4 days... Now 1.018 and wife says its...
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    So; you're a TOOL!

    Any Sesame Street fans out there? (sorry Mitt)
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    This little piggy went to market..,

    Have you ever noticed; no matter which piggy goes to market, it's always the same piggy that gets the Roast Beef? What's up wit dat?
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    Balancing protien rest and head retaining malts....

    I'm doing NB's Speckled Heifer which is a New Glarus Spotted Cow clone. The recipe has mostly base malt and barley and flaked corn in it. I found this beer is really hazy and the head is acceptable but could be better. My thought is to do a protein rest to help the clarity but I'm a little...
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    1,000th Starsan thread...

    Ok, is it me or is the smell that starsan leaves on your hands in my beer? I have a house flavor/aroma and I swear it's the same thing. I usually ferment in glass carboys with 1 gal fresh starsan stored in them mixed to lable instructions or slightly stronger. On brew day I shake the carboy to...
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    VA Dominion cup results?

    I entered the Dominion cup this year as my first HB comp. It was held on Aug. 13. The web site said they would have the ballets back a month after the competition. I'm trying to figure out why it's taking so long, I realize it's just a month now but I'm dying over here and it seems...
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    NB Patersbeir recipie....

    Down loaded the PDF and got all the ingredients acouple of weeks ago. http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/allgrain/AG-Patersbier.pdf Doing a 1.2 l starter for this with white labs Abby yeast. Going to hit it with diffusing stone and O2 from disposable welding bottle. This will be my...
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    Whats the IDEAL fermentation fridge...

    ... That will fit one carboy/bucket only with room for the airlock ( I figure that's equal to about 27" inside hight) and will handle lager temps? My thought is this, I have a chest freezer I use mostly as a fermentation cellar. I also like to do lagers. You cant beat the refreezerator...
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    Beer snob or D-B?

    Personally, I can't believe this kind of self-important narrow-mindedness still exists. I like to think that our hobby is above this. But I suppose it takes all kinds.
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    MLT has almost a gallon left in it...

    Am currently running A cooler w a false bottom and I thought I had it dialed in with my equipment profiles in BS2 but my last IPA (1.070)filled the kettle .004 Low. My mash seems soupy ( single infusion with a mash off raise) and I noticed I have allot of liquid left after kettle full. 1/2 to 1...
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    Warning to wing-capper users

    If you salvage bottles ( I think most of us do) look out for bottles that have short collars on them. If you use a wing capper you should pass these bottles by as the metal jaws the wing capper uses for leverage can not provide enough travel to properly crown them. I've run into this with...
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