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    Mixed star San and Cascade complete in my dishwasher. Is that safe?

    Without thinking I put star San in my dishwasher and then started it with one of those Cascade complete pods in there. I teach first aid and know generally your not supposed to mix cleaning chemicals but just wasn't thinking this morning. Is that safe mixture? I put my portable dishwasher...
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    Priming solution without boiling

    I was looking around and didn't find anything about this. So i have bottled water so i was wondering if I could skip boiling the priming solution or is it for more than just sanitation purposes? Thanks all a RAHAHB
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    Forgot to add 1lb it DME

    So I was doing a bit of a rush job on an extract box I got as a Christmas gift ( I do mostly original recipes these days but my of got me a kit that I just hadn't gotten around to). As the description says, after closing up the fermentor for the day, realized I missed a bag of DME. I was...
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    Properly cleaning your foam stopper

    So I got a new foam stopper for my starter flask as the old one was getting pretty ragged. Any tips on how to clean foam stoppers well? Thanks and RAHAHB
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    substitute stir bar

    So i can't find my stir bar anywhere so am looking into substitutes. It occurred to me that bottle caps touch the beer so should be pretty safe in cooled wort right? What's the consensus on using a sanitized bottle cap as a stir bar for a yeast starter? Any help would be most appreciated as i'm...
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    Old Yeast Starter

    So, i've had a yest starter sitting in the fridge for a bit over a month. I was reading something on another forum about botulism poisoning from sitting wort. I don't think I have to worry about that as it was a finished starter so it should be beer now not wort. Anyways, my questions are, do I...
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    Brew today. Pitch tomorrow?

    So, i'm supposed to brew tonight but completely forgot to do a starter. I was wondering... could I brew and bucket my wort tonight, make the starter in the meantime, and pitch it tomorrow? Anyone ever tried that? Results?
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    Mini Mash Tun set-up question

    So i've been doing partial mash for all my recopies for the past year or so, but mashing in the brew pot is always just such a mess. My strainer can never hold by grain bill over the pot for sparging so i have to come up with some clever concoction to do a sparge. Latest was putting the strainer...
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    Chocolate Stout cocoa powder/lactose question

    So i've been looking at some chocolate stout recipes and it seems the go to for a lot of them is cocoa powder and lactose. I was thinking about doing a small side boil of the lactose and cocoa powder together and adding that at the end of the boil (somewhere round 15 mins). Has anyone tried this...
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    Chocolate Stout

    So i've been looking at some chocolate stout recipes and it seems the go to for a lot of them is cocoa powder and lactose. I was thinking about doing a small side boil of the lactose and cocoa powder together and adding that at the end of the boil (somewhere round 15 mins). Has anyone tried this...
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    American ALe & Safale?

    So i put together a starter for WL American Ale last night and this morning it's looking pretty dull. I usually have a stir plate but lost my stir bar, tiny little bastard :mad:. I'm thinking that may be why it doesn't seem as active but may still be good. My question is though, I've got some...
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    Can you condition too much?

    So i'm finishing up my third ever batch. It's a Dry Irish Stout done from an extract kit. I'm suppose to bottle tomorrow according to the instructions. Unfortunately, I ordered my new bottles late (was originally gonna reuse the same from the last but they're looking a bit over used... been...
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    Is it possible to dry hop to early?

    Hi guys. I'm new to the forum and brewing in general so here's my little intro bit. Just started brewing this year, about 2 months ago. Started with an Irish Red extract kit, came out pretty good. My current batch is an Imperial IPA. I'm hopping to really get good at this and start a brewery...
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