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    Keezer freezer size (4keg+2fermenters)

    What size freezer would you recommend getting to do 4 kegs on the floor (don't have them yet, probably ball lock) plus 2 - 5 or 6 gal carboys for like a "keezer/lagereezer" combo setup? My gut is telling me 10.2 cf models would be the way to go but not sure. Also not sure I want to commit to...
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    Ok to mash up to 3 hours?

    Is it Ok to mash up to 3 hours? I use an IGLOO 5 Gal tun, it will be pretty full. Reason I ask is I want to brew but have an appointment come up from 1-3. Thinking I would start the mash-in around 12:30, go to the appt. and then get home and start lautering by 3:30. The beer I have...
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    Alternatives to Plastic Mash Tun (Infusion/Batch Sparge)

    Hey Yall, I recently started brewing All-Grain with an Igloo Cooler Mash-Tun that was gifted to me. Works great, with no complaints except for it is a little small for the grain bills I wanna do (a 7.5-10 gal would be ideal) and it is plastic. The thing is great, easy to use, and makes...
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    Stuck Sparge/- SS braid fell off

    Just woke up after yesterday's Brew Day from He'll.... Stuck Mash/Sparge and after trying several techniques to clear it, my suspicions had been confirmed - the SS braid had come loose, thereby causing the spigot to perpetually clog with grains. First ever stuck mash/sparge and first time...
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    WORST hops flavor combinations

    Mainly looking at this within the context of American and British ales, (Pales, bitters, IPA, DIPA, that kind of thing). But .... What are some hops combinations you have done that you would AVOID or NOT REPEAT AGAIN. Basically looking for flavor/aroma combinations in which the flavors/aroma...
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    Which Temp Controller? Heating + Cooling

    Looking to make a fermentation chamber/kegerator/keezer just for fermenting. Want this to be able to do both heating and cooling and switch automatically between the modes as needed to maintain a target temp. I live in in an old/uninsulated house in Northern Minnesota where ambient temps...
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    Beer tastes like MILK?!

    Hi guys just did a summer ale, was my first AG beer. When I transferred to secondary and tasted the beer, I noticed that the beer has this odd flavor to it, that I can only describe as MILK. Has a milk flavor to it, and a milky mouthfeel as well. To be clear, it tastes kind of like milk...
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    HELP! Added 3.64 gal strike water instead of 2.64 gal strike water to mash!!

    Help! I misread/misremembered the numbers put in for my 5 gal batch mash water. The calculator said 2.64 but I added 3.64 instead. OG: 1.05 Single-step infusion mash, batch sparge at 152F, with mashout at 170F I am using a 5 gal cooler so I will not have quite enough space to...
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    Temperature Control: does it matter IF...

    If... You don't go outside the "ideal range" of the yeast? So, before I get blasted for not using the search button, let me say I have searched this topic extensively and read several articles and posts on it. All of them stress the importance of fermentation control, with a caveat that some...
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    Help - low mash temp (144F) - how dry/reduce hops?

    Hi, Did my first AG decoction mash with my buddy. Probably a bad idea for a couple of reasons, including that we used uninsulated kettles, instead of a cooler and it was our first time. At any rate, as you can imagine, keeping temp up was difficult (we did not adjust the water temps in...
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    Forgot to rinse chiller soaking in PBW!

    Hey all, Forgot to rinse my wort chiller after soaking in PBW. This was a full boil and when it was time, I grabbed it out of the bucket where it had been soaking In PBW (it was pretty clean by then) and then stuck in the kettle for the last 15 min of the boil or so. I kinda forgot it was...
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    GF Maple Beer Recipe Idea

    Hey guys, So I am looking to make a GF "maple beer" for 2 reasons: 1) I make maple syrup, and I have an abundance of syrup/sap, and buckets. 2) partially boiled down sap tastes amazing (think flat cream soda, except without artificial crap) 3) I have several GF friends/family members, who...
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    Where to buy - Thomas Fawcett Amber Malt

    Anyone know where I can buy this? I live in the U.S. (MN). Can't find at Northern Brewer or Midwest; LHBS doesn't have it either. Looking at making a DFH clone and possibly using it in other recipes, love the flavor of this malt. Heard it's kind of crucial for the DFH clone, which I...
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    Rack/Bottle/Condition Schedule - Session Ale

    Hey, I recently made a session ale (kind of a cross between a blonde and a pale ale) - (Under 1.045 O.G., 18 IBU, fermented high 60's with S-04) It's a pretty simple light ale, with some late addition American aroma hops to get some hops flavor without huge bitterness. Wondering how...
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    Kit way off in IBU (Brewer's Best Belgian Caramel Wit) - REALLY?!?

    So, brewed up a kit the other day with my dad - a Brewer's Best Belgian Caramel Wit Extract kit. It's advertised at 15-20 IBUs. Figured that would be perfect for dad who doesn't like too hoppy, and for showcasing a special ingredient of ours... It's maple sapping season in our neck of the...
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    Belgian yeast that won't make sulfur smells?

    Got a question: looking for a yeast that can be used in a Belgian Witbier I plan to brew with my dad at his house. It will be his first homebrew, and his SWMBO's first experience with homebrew in the house as well. SWMBO is one of those gluten-free types and has no interest in drinking any...
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    American Blonde Pale Ale Recipe critique (Using Falconer's Flight hops)

    Here's my idea for an American Pale Ale (ok maybe more of a Blonde or Session Ale): Goal: a yummy, drinkable beer that showcases the hops aroma/flavor, without being overly bitter. Something I can have in the fishing boat and be enjoyed by hop-heads and non-hop-heads alike. Also, want...
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    Best Kettle for the Money (10-15 gal size)

    Looking to get into a fairly fully featured brew kettle. Have other 5 gal pots. Will be brewing mostly 5 gal batches, some extract, and moving into AG. (Have cooler MT but not used it yet). Size: 10 or 15 gal (undecided) Features: Thermometer and ball valve. Also: want horizontal...
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    5 Gal AG batch in 2 4-5 gal pots?

    So, I have started up brewing, have 3 extract batches under my belt, and acquired a mash tun for doing 5-gal batches from my boss. Sadly, I got laid off from my job the next day, so, stepping up to a proper kettle right now isn't something I want to do. I/my family do however happen to...
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    Help me complete my AG gear list

    Hi looking to go AG: interested in batches up to 6 gal, but would be happy to start out with a smaller batch for the first time (3 gal or so). Wondering if you guys could take a look at my setup and let me know what else I NEED and what else you would strongly recommend for someone starting out...
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