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    Water softener and brewing water

    hey everyone, I just had a water softener installed and am wondering how to figure out what it does to my water as far as brewing is concerned. Anyone know how to figure that out? Where to start?
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    Favorite Lager Yeast

    I've made many beers in my home brewing life and I could literally talk about yeast all day long. There are so many varieties and I feel like I'm getting a new toy when I buy a new strain. My question is this: what is YOUR favorite lager strain and why? I'm looking to make a clone of the...
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    Wlp830 d-rest question again

    So before we start, this is my 2nd true lager. I have brewed for 8 or so years and consider myself relatively knowledgeable. I have done many pseudo lagers but this only my 2nd lager ever, sad I know. That being said, I have read way to many threads and have spent too much time studying beer...
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    Bravo and El Dorado hops?

    Anyone have any real experience with Bravo or El Dorado hops? I bought a couple of ounces of each and I have found very little on either. I am more curious about Bravo. From what I've read, they can be a mixed bag. Good for bittering, slim on aroma. Also read the opposite. Would like to try them...
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    Critique my pale ale

    So here is a recipe I made a few months back. Going to make it again for my personal keg. Just wondered what others thought. 9.5# 2-row .5# Red wheat .5# munich light .25 # C20 .25# C60 2 oz Victory Hop Schedule .5 Northern Brewer 90min .75 cascade 45 min .5 cascade 15 min .5...
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    Slow leak in keg

    Hey all, I have a slow leak in one of my 5 gal, pin lock kegs. I have tried the soapy water method, changed out all the poppits, new gasket seal but just can't seem to locate it. Sometimes (by sometimes I mean the last five batches), it will pressurize if I change the o ring on the lid. Most...
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    1st Houston Brew

    So it has been awhile since I visited but I was unemployed, going broke, and just not brewing. I recently took a job in Houston and moved last week. I temporarily left my beautiful home, wife, garden, and dogs for this job which has been tough on me so far. I brewed this beer on 5/16, late at...
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    Brew day was super awesome easy!

    WEll today was awesome. I brewed today, two days later than originally planned and four days after my starter blew off all over my counter for 18 hours. I delayed my brew day because I was feeling crappy:( and my asthma has me laid out. So I woke up late, took the dogs out to play and still...
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    Thoughts on a recipe in my head

    Hello HBT Peeps, got a question for you on a recipe I have on my mind with what I have on hand. My supplies: 9 lbs 2-row 1 lb Munich (not sure on malster or Lovibond rating but it doesnt look too dark) 8oz carapils 8oz Crystal 60l 4 oz chocolate malt 1oz US Tettnang 6.1%AA 1oz...
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    Two hydrometers, two different readings..

    I hav ebeen chasing an efficiency issue for awhile now and I have literally examined every aspect of my brew days. I finally bought a new hydrometer to see if that may help me find the missing points I am consistently losing somewhere in my brew schedule and would you look at that... Hydrometer...
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    An Efficiency Question

    Hello HBT- I have an efficiency question because I am consistently missing my OG. By my calculations from this link, I am coming in at about 76% brewhouse efficiency for today and using the calculation from beersmith, I am consistent on my brew house efficiency...
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    Mini-Fridge Door Rebuild

    Hello HBT peeps- I have come across a larger mini fridge:rockin: and it has one flaw that I know someone out there can help me with-The door does not allow me to fit my fermenter with all the shelving (see pics). I have researched a little and read about people converting their mini-fridge...
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    Organic Barley Malt

    Hi All- Happy Early Turkey Day! I have a question: So I usually brew AG but this time I am making a brew with whatever I have lying around (the season of giving so I am not buying myself any beer supplies at the moment). Here is what I have around the house: 2.2 lbs of Briess Extra light...
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    Koln Water Help for my perfect Kolsch

    HI All, I am trying to wrap my head around proper water for brewing, I just started so be gentle:confused: and I am confused. I am in my Kolsch mode and am working on perfecting one but I need some assistance. I found a recipe that styles the Koln water: Ca 104ppm Cl 109ppm Mg 15ppm Na...
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    Extract to AG conversion: Pleae check my math...

    Hey Brewers, I am wantng to brew a recipe I made in extract a few years back but in all grain this time. I found that the conversion is 1lb of grain =.75lb of LME. I am not sure if this is for all grain or pale only or if it includes wheat conversions....My recipe also has wheat extract and...
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    thoughts on recipe?

    Ok I have a recipe open for debate: I am planning a brew but am not sure what angle of yeast I should try out first. Here is the AG recipe for a 3 gal batch: 5 lbs moravian pilsner 8 oz Vienna malt 6 oz Biscuit malt 2 oz crystal 20L Shooting for a mash temp of 155*, for a more full...
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    Brew day gone awry, maybe...

    OK, so I made a minor miscalculation today. I planned on creating a 3 gal test brew using a yeast starter I made from Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. I bought my ingredients last week: 5 lbs moravian pilsner 8oz Vienna malt 8oz crystal 20l Thought I had 2oz of saaz hops on hand...
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    Draining my wort from mash tun

    Hi All, I have read that you are supposed to leave 2in of water when draining from the mash tun. Could someone explain why? And how do you calculate that into your water usage? I usually batch sparge and have a home made cooler tun so any advice is welcomed. thanks
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    Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat YEAST Characteristics

    Hi All, I am trying this again to see if there is any knowledge out there on Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat YEAST but a disclaimer first: 1) I do not want to know the blueberry or fruity pebbles flavor of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. 2) I do want to know what the characteristics of this...
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    Leinenkugels Sunset Wheat

    Anybody out there know the preferred temperature range for a copy of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat? I tried email the brewery but they never replied. I am pretty sure it is a lager yeast so 50*-54* may suffice but I would be interested in any opinions? Any recipe ideas using this yeast strain...
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