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  1. HausBrauerei_Harvey

    Sodium Metabisulfite and re-pitching yeast?

    I wanted to give a try to add some Sodium Metabifulfite (SMB) to a lager in hopes of further reducing oxygen levels as shown by recent Brulosophy posts. I just added 0.3grams (the same amount the guys at Brulosophy use) to a pilsner when dry hopping. Although I had a brain fart because I had...
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    Boiling your water to reduce ion content, useful general info during stay at home orders.

    I just reached out to a local pro brewer I know about some water treatment options I have when I dont want to run to the store to get RO water. My water is pretty good generally but I wanted to brew a Czech Pilsner this weekend and my tap water is currently at 40ppm Ca, 100ppm SO4, 30ppm Cl...
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    Saving CO2 while "sheltering in place" give me some tips on pressurized fermentation

    All, Not out of prepping, just how things fortunately fell I've got about 8-12 month of brewing ingredients on hand and a newly finished brew room. I'm expecting a 'shelter in place' order in Colorado any day now and thinking long term i'm wondering how best to make my CO2 tanks last. I have...
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    Help me troubleshoot keggle gravity feed

    I’ve used this new to me keggle a few times without issues. I used a pump when brewing a ten gallon batch and was able to drain the keggle all the way to the bottom of the center pickup tube I made. Now I’m building a new brew setup and want to use this keggle as a gravity free HLT. It seems...
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    Pineapple Milkshake IPA recipe help for lactose and fruit additions

    All, I have to do a beer with pineapple for our latest club competition. I brewed up 5 gallons of a hazy on friday and planned after the fact to turn it into a pineapple milkshake IPA. I brew a ton of lagers and the occasional hazy so this is new territory for me. I've got two 20oz cans of...
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    Ground Up Brew Room Build

    In the summer of 2016 I built an 8x16 enclosed exterior porch on my place, intending to eventually turn it into a brew room. I've done a bit here and there between other big projects but am now focused on getting brewing in this room this summer. I'm proud that I've done everything outside of...
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    Post boil water additions

    I've been doing water additions with great success for a few years now. However I'm a bit unsure on something new I was thinking of trying. I'm thinking of doing a split batch of a Belgian pale and a NEIPA this weekend. My water varies from near-Pilsn in the spring to this time of year it's high...
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    Vortex 6" fan temperature limits a problem? Ventilation.

    In a previous thread I detailed a bit on the brew room i'm building out. I'm building a natural gas powered brew room, connected to my house with a shared wall but not otherwise. I cut in my two exterior vents this weekend, I'm doing a small 4" fan over the HLT, and a big 6" fan over my dual...
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    Adding finished beer to boil for next batch?

    I'm doing a fun local brewery competition this weekend, where I get 5 gallons of unhopped pilsner wort, then have to take it home do something fun to it and make my own beer and I have to violate the Rheinheitsgabot. I'm planning on doing a saison for the competition and presently have two...
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    Ventilation fans...

    All, I put an addition on the house a few years ago and planned to turn it into a brew room, the room is approx 8x16' feet in size. life got in the way and I am picking up this project again after a long hiatus and I am wondering what ventilation fans folks are using these days? I am currently...
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    Bar top epoxy recommendation for covering caps and coasters

    All, I'm in the middle of building out a brew room, one wall which butts to my original house exterior has a partial brick covering so i'm going to make a nice shelf out of it. I want to use a bar-top epoxy to cover some of the many caps and coasters I collected when I lived in Germany for a...
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    spincycle whirlpool arm length for Sanke keg

    All, I'm looking at the spincycle whirlpool arm from Bobby at Brewhardware.com. I'm curious what length of drop folks think I should get for a 15 gallon sanke keggle. I measured it last night and it looks like about 15 inches max of flat side distance on the keggle from the bottom to the top...
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    Trouble with a keg carbing... help me troubleshoot please

    I'm a very experienced brewer and am looking for the best option to get my beer carbed before my big annual party on saturday. I kegged two beers 1.5 weeks ago, a hoppy wheat and a 2-hearted clone. Both had big in-keg dry hops of 3oz. I purged like normal and set to my serving pressure of 12psi...
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    help with black pipe draft tower, lines twist on assembly!

    Hi all, I recently made a second serving setup for British ales, pictured below. It's modeled after this build. I'm having trouble getting the tap handles just right (not loose, and vertical) without the lines twisting too much when assembling it. I haven't dis-assembled it yet since my...
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    help my figure out my drip tray please

    I'm in the process of building out a second serving setup for british ales. It's a two tap black pipe draft tower build. A photo of it a few days ago is attached. I put the 90's for the taps on last night and measured and I think a 12" drip tray will be just a little too tight. Thus I'd really...
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    Experienced with water adjustments, but doing my first decoction mash. Help me get the right mash pH

    I have been using brunwater for a while and understand my water and the adjustments well. Trouble is i'm attempting my first decoction mash for a german pilsner this weekend and am unsure how this will affect my typical water adjustments. I'm using weyermann premium pilsner malt so i'm skipping...
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    first time making corned beef, can it 'over cure' in the brine?

    Sorry for the perhaps silly question but this is my first time curing meat. Due to the timing of a costco run this weekend, I have a whole brisket which needs to be processed or frozen today. I'm going to use the Alton brown corned beef recipe, which calls for a 5 day rest in the curing brine...
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    earl grey pale ale: tips and advice welcome

    My small club occasionally does an 'iron chef' like competition where we all brew a beer with a 'mystery ingredient' and then do a blind tasting at a meeting and pass a trophy on the best beer. this time we have the very broad category of 'use tea in your beer' I was thinking of an early-grey...
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    Drip tray in tile question

    I'm slowly building out a two-tap mini fridge as a second serving setup for a room off my deck (far from my keezer). I'm planning on a building a two-tap tower from black pipe. I'm a skilled woodworker so I am thinking i'll making a wooden 'top' to set onto the top of the mini fridge to anchor...
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    will my beer always taste like cider? re: plastic carboy

    I brew a ton of beer. Made my first cider yesterday evening (so easy!) and didn't think until just now, should I have used a glass carboy? I put it in my plastic big mouth bubbler because thats what I prefer to use, but I dont want to make that a cider-only carboy going forward? The employee...
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