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    Beerstone? in aluminum kettle

    My last brew I noticed lots of floaties in the mash water as I was heating it. My HLT is the same pot I use for the boil later on as well. I'm cleaning it today and noticing the brownish layer formed on the bottom of my kettle is now flaking off. I'm wondering if it is beerstone. This actually...
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    How to bottle from keg for maximum carbonation?

    I'm looking to bottle a kettle soured beer from a keg and wondering what the best way to do it to get a highly carbonated beer in the bottle (I use biermuncher's DIY beer gun method). My thought is to chill the beer down colder than usual (to near freezing), carbonate it somewhat high at this...
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    Buying sanke kegs for my corny keg setup

    A friend of mine is using my dual CO2 regulator and tap tower for a wedding where the kegs will be purchased sanke kegs. I use corny kegs. I just want to make sure we will have everything we will need, so I was going to tell him to make sure the couplers he gets have barbed tail pieces: 1/4"...
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    1469 for and RIS?

    Anyone ever use this yeast for a big stout? It is not a style that it is recommended for. However I am fermenting a brown ale with it right now and was considering dumping an RIS onto the yeast cake. Alcohol tolerance is 9%. Which is ok with me, if I should for around 9-10 and end up with some...
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    Books for beer tasting

    Looking to dabble a bit into beer tasting and was wondering if anyone has book recommendations. I see there is Randy Moshers book "tasting beer" which seems like an obvious one. And there is also the Beer enthusiasts guide by Gregg Smith. I have been going through the BJCP online course a...
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    Raspberry Dubbel

    I brewed a raspberry dubbel 1.5 weeks ago and am gearing up to transferring it to secondary keg with some raspberries. I have 5 pounds of frozen raspberries to use which I will crush and pasteurize before adding. Anybody have suggestions on how many of them to use? All of them? Half? I...
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    Dark holiday raspberry recipe?

    Does anyone know of a good wintery recipe with raspberries? I'm looking for something I can brew soon for consumption around Christmas time. Maybe some what strong like og in the 60s or so. And perhaps dark and christmasy. Preferably with a belgian twist but that's not neccessary. I have been...
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    Rock Hard Crystal Malt

    I suppose this is a very random question but... I try to taste all my grain before it goes in the crusher because I'm "supposed too". I know crystal malt is always a tougher kernel to chew on which I just figure is the nature of the crystal malt. I picked up some crystal 10L for my last...
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    Belgian Dark Session Ale?

    EDIT: It's looking like I'm not going to have time to brew this, if anyone still wants to talk about this then I may get to it at a later date.... I'm looking to brew a 1 gallon batch of something Belgian to use up 1/2 pound of candy syrup D180. I've got tons of malt I could use: Castle...
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    Krausen stains on speidel fermentor?

    Purchased a new speidel fermenter a little while ago and just finished my 3rd brew in it. The way I've been cleaning is just to blast the krausen ring with hot water which works very well, and then using a soft sponge to scrub off any stubborn parts. I've noticed rings being left behind...
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    Low mash pH with Golden Promise

    Hello. I am using bru'n water spreadsheet and a good pH meter and I think I am finding that everytime I use golden promise my actual mash pH is lower than predicted. Just wanted to see if this happened with other people. Typically I use rahr two row malt or castle pilsner. I've made several...
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    Are my valves holding pressure correctly?

    I've been messing around with my dual valve regulator tonight. I hooked up a un-pressurized keg full of beer and pressurized up to 20 PSI. Not trying to carbonate but just to seal the lid so I can store the keg. I then loosened the valve (turning all the way to left). On the last turn or so...
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    Speidel Fermentor questions

    Looking to get a 8 gallon speidel. Mostly because I brew a lot of big beers and Belgian beers and need the extra head space. Three questions: Can the spiedel be used in a water bath/swamp cooler without worrying about water leaking in? Can I do CO2 transfers like I currently do? Now I hook...
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    Cleaning Keg after it had infected beer

    I recently racked a brown ale that was infected with something to a keg. It wasn't hooked up my kegerator or anything. I don't know what the infection was, but it was very fast acting (within a couple weeks). Tastes sour and the beer is way past what it should have been for final gravity...
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    Bru'n water wrong for no sparge?

    I am doing my first no sparge today. Mashing in my 10 gallon cooler with 8.4 gallons water and about 10 pounds of grain. It's an English ale that is golden promise with about 11% 30L crystal, 3% 85L crystal, 3% 350L chocolate. Bru'n water had me add 4 oz of Acid Malt to get the pH of 5.4 (my...
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    Foam on water from aluminum pot

    Has anybody experienced this? I poured some water to heat up for strike water into my aluminum pot and noticed foam/sudsy looking stuff forming. So I dumped it out, rinsed a bunch, refilled and heated. It's almost up to temp and there is all this foam, I happen to also be heating some in my...
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    Help with a mild or bitter recipe

    I would like to make a mild with some golden promise that I have or maybe bitter. I want to use the carastan I bought and I have a bunch of other crystal but not sure what would be a good recipe. I have wyeast London ale 3 to use. Here is my list of what I have for malts and hops, and if you...
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    Replacement Tubing for Pure O2 Wand

    I want to replace the black tubing between the inline filter and the aeration stone since it's a couple years old and all scratched up. This is what I have: http://www.morebeer.com/products/oxygenation-partial-system.html Can I just use regular 1/4 ID vinyl tubing? The black tubing is...
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    Calculated Yeast Count vs. mL slurry from starter

    I recently made a 1.75 L starter using homebrewdad calculator. The final calculated count was to be 290B cells. After about 38 hours on a stirplate, I removed 450 mL to a mason jar to save. The mL of sediment in the jar after cold crashing 24 hours is about 25 - 30 mL. Based on the calculator...
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    Increasing Toast Level on my Medium Toast Cubes

    Starting a Oaked Bourbon RIS tomorrow and all I have is Hungarian Medium Toast cubes. I want to get something soaking in bourbon ASAP. Went to LHBS to find Heavy Toast cause that's what I want to use, but none there. Can I just toast my medium toast cubes more in the oven? I know I could...
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