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    Vorloff NEIPA?

    You should vorloff looking for a better efficiency. Actually, hazyness comes for multiple factors as oats, but also from a low flocculation yeast and lots of “floating” hops.
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    Bad cidery flavor in lager

    Whoever told you to lager a little longer was thinking of acetaldehyde, which appears as cidery or green apples flavor and is a intermediate compound in alcohol formation, so if present means the beer is too young. But by your description I tend to think about contamination, specially by aceto...
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    Cold crash before or after secondary w Cholaca/Cacao

    Cold crash is a maturation step used to flocculate particles yielding cleaner beer. Makes no sense clean your beer and then add some more particles into it. To me cold crash is always the last step before bottling.
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    Fermentation temperature and attenuation

    Yeasts ferments the best around 41c. If you ferment at this temp it would yield faster fermentation and higher attenuation, but lots of off flavors as well. It is to avoid off flavors that you should control fermentation temps, not for increase fermentation.
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    Predicting When to Start a Diacetyl Rest

    Most of ester production happens in the first three days of fermentation, specially day one. Of course in a big beer things tend to last a little longer, but be sure you're alright.
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    Persistent bitterness issue - unsolvable, help required! :(

    Shane is correct about whirlpool hop addition rising ibu. Another thing I can think about is that with that much of late hop additions, maybe you actually don’t have a high ibu, but all that aroma may be felt as bitterness, even that it is not. For the batches you’ve already bottled, wait some...
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    First attempt at a hefewiezen

    Melanoidin mimics decoction, it’s not the same. The difference will appear specially in light colored beers, like hefes or pilsners, where slight changes yields big changes in final beer. You can use melanoidin, though, fits style very well.
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    First attempt at a hefewiezen

    I would darken it, if I would, with some dark wheat. I would not change the percentages between Pilsner and wheat. Color looks like a witbier to me, but no worries, I love wits.
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    If not the yeast, at least the grain bill would fit a saison.
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    To protein rest or not to protein rest?

    Protein rest is just needed for grain bills with 25% plus of unmalted grains. Wheat may be malted or unmalted, have to see what kind are you using. In other cases, as said above, it yields thin, watery beer with poor head retention. It does not reduces the amount of proteins, it breaks then into...
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    All the nasties went into the fermenter

    For bigger particles you may use a strainer or something like it. But the usual way is to cold crash the beer. You can add some gelatin as well.
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    Koslch Mash Temp Mistake

    There's lots of mashes done this temp - 156. It's just gonna yield a little high body and less abv. No problems at all. Maybe even the residual sugars of the higher mash temp are gonna leave some sweetness that is right on the style.
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    Beer frozen... Help!

    It's not 100% true you need a repitch to bottle priming. The most probable thing to happen is to take a little longer to proper carbonate.
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    Mash reached 190F

    Go all the way with your mash and do a iodine test at the end of it. Pray that the extreme hot water haven't denatured all the enzymes. If the iodine test fails I don't see how to save it.
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    Brew smells very sulfury after 2 weeks primary

    Sulphuric components are usually results from fermentation, but as it is very volatile, it tends to be taken out by the co2 that leaves the fermenter. In fermentations that has a very low airlock (or blowoff or whatever) activity, or that are too vigorous for one day than finishes blowing off...
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    Efficiency/Gravity Question

    If pre boil volume is lower than expected, SG is gonna be higher for the same amount of grains, it’s just less water to dilute the sugars. Plus, if you read SG some minutes after boiling started, it’s not your SG, it’s higher that that. And third, maybe when designing your recipe you set your...
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    1.020 FG for IPA drinkable?

    For a standard IPA your OG is a little low and your FG is a little high. But you can call it a session IPA and hit the style. Just keg it. Hops may balance malt sweetness. Leave things as they are, except for a dry hoping if you will. Change things in your next batch.
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    Carbonation issues on day 1 at bottling

    Do you have a manomether to read bottle pressure? Just because of seeing some bubbles inside right the way doesn’t means it is already carbonating. The beer you just bottled always gonna have some co2 dissolved in it. Maybe that’s why it all went great after all.
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    Hefeweizen doesn't taste right

    You forgot to mention the most important process in brewing a hefe, witch is fermentation. You’re pretty fine on the yeast, but by leaving it at room temp you can’t assure the exact temp, as fermentation is a thermogenical process. If you had sulfur you can be sure something didn’t go completely...
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    Mashing with wheat

    Everyone lose above hit it just spot on, so I just have a tip to you. The grain bill you posted is gonna be great for a witbier. But to easy your process I say use malted wheat, so you won't need a protein rest. If you use some other wheat single infusion mash won't work that well.