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  1. MaxSpang

    Oak in lager/pilsner?

    Has anyone added oak to a pilsner? One of my favorite breweries, Branch & Bone, just so happens to be right down the street from me, and they have made several oak lagers. They are so, so good. Clean, crisp, dry, and just enough oak character without being overpowering. I'd like to make...
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    A toast to our puppy pals

    This week, I had to say goodbye to the weird-looking dog that has graced my profile picture since I started on this site. He was with me on many brew sessions, and I once named a porter after him (Pugnacious Porter). His name was Gnar, and he was a good boy. Rather than being sad, I wanted to...
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    Removable "floating" collar on keezer?

    Has anyone seen/made a "floating" collar for a keezer? I'm thinking of putting a collar on my chest freezer, and would prefer to not have to screw or glue it to the actual freezer. I was thinking of making something that just rests on top, but still keeps things insulated. That way I could...
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    Should I make a starter?

    Hey guys, I recently got a vial of East Coast ECY08, Saison Brasserie. It's a blend of different strains. The recipe I have is going to be 1.065 OG. My question is, should I make a starter with it or not? Normally I would make a starter with any beer that big, but I'm wondering if I would...
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    I just don't get water chemistry

    I'm trying. I really am. But I am getting very frustrated with this whole water chemistry thing. My brain is not comprehending how to accomplish what I want to accomplish. I would like to learn by a specific example. Can anyone do me a favor and help me out with my next batch? I want to see...
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    Thoughts on this Lacto/Brett Saison Recipe?

    Hey guys. I want to brew a Saison (which I've never brewed before), and me being the moron that I am I want to try something kind of wacky. First off, here's the rough recipe: It's based off of dwarven stout's Saison Brett recipe. My plan is...
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    I think there's mold in my beer (pics)

    Does this look like mold? If so, am I screwed? I'm talking about the white specs/clusters in the following pics, not the Krausen stains. Thanks for any help
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    Pure lacto isn't souring in my Berliner

    Four days ago, I brewed a 10 gallon batch of Berliner Weisse (6lbs pilsen, 6lbs wheat for 10 gal) and split it off into two fermenters. The first one was the Wyeast Berliner blend (shake up aeration method), and the second was pure Wyeast Lactobacillus (no aeration). No starter was made for...
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    An opportunity to help hop farm in Ohio

    Hey guys, This morning, we launched a Kickstarter campaign for a home brew shop in Monroe, Ohio called Osborn Brewing. They are trying to raise money to grow a hop farm in Southwest Ohio. It would mean the world to me if you took a moment to watch the video (it's a little wacky!)...
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    Quick question about my water

    Hello all. I just recently started working on water chemistry, and I want to make sure I'm on the right track. I have a 10 gal batch of a ~7% stout that I will be brewing soon and I want to get some thoughts on my salt additions. Here is my source water profile: I am using this...
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    Piña Colada Beer? Recipe help needed!

    Hey there parrot heads! I was drinking a Pina Colada by the poolside the other day and decided that I would rather be drinking a beer... Then I though, why not both? I decided to come up with a recipe that would come REALLY close to the taste of this mixed drink. However, truth be told, I...
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    WTB - Dark Lord Day tickets

    I am searching for tickets to Dark Lord Day. Willing to pay, or possibly trade beer for at least 1 ticket, preferably 2 or more. Thanks! Cheers!
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    Black Sun Stout Clone (hoppy dry stout)

    I'm drinking this nectar of the gods right now, and I love it. It's like a chocoloate/coffee mixed with piney/citrus hop aroma, and it has a dark chocolate/malty/hoppy taste with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Here's the description from the Three Floyds site: "6.5% ABV 50 IBUs Black Sun...
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    Big ol' Imperial Stout

    I've been tweaking this recipe around quite a bit for the past few months, and brew day is quickly approaching. I had a previous thread but it got buried, so I started another one. I would greatly appreciate any feedback/input on this bad mammajamma. Iron Brigade 13-F Russian Imperial...
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    CCCXCIV IPA (All Citra)

    Recipe is formulated to 65% efficiency ABV: 6.7% Grains: 14.0 lb American 2-row 1.0 lb American Caramel 40°L 0.5 lb Cara-Pils® Malt Hops/Schedule: .5 oz Citra™ (12.0%) - added during boil, boiled 60.0 m 1 oz Citra™ (12.0%) - added during boil, boiled 15.0 m 0.75 oz Citra™...
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    FT: Three Floyds Baller Stout (XV Anniv.) ISO: List

    Looking to get some of these. Will work out quantities via PM or email. Black Tuesday Adam From The Wood Chocolate Rain Westy 12 Westy 8 Kate the Great Rare Bourbon County Stout Vanilla Bean Dark Lord Other Dark Lord variants Dark Lord '08 and earlier La Roja - Grande Reserve Duck...
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    Bottle Carbonating old Commercial Kegged Beer?

    Today, my boss brought me in about a gallon of some commercial beer that came from a keg (what a great boss!) Nothing better than free beer! He doesn't drink, and he had some left over from a keg from a party that he had recently. I think it's Holy Grail Ale. He put it into a lightly...
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    My first AG brew, had a few problems...

    Typical first AG brewer, I made a few mistakes. It was a porter, and had about 11 lbs of grain. First off, I used a ratio of 1.5 qts per lb of grain, which I think is a bit high. It ended up being somewhere around 4 - 4.5 gallons of water in the mash (I added a little extra... don't know...
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    Imperial Stout - help? Crit?

    Going to try to make an epic Imperial Stout soon, need some advice on the recipe! Been tweaking it for awhile. Any help would be appreciated! Iron Brigade 13-F Russian Imperial Stout Author: Max Spang Size: 5.0 gal Efficiency: 75.0% Attenuation: 75.0% Calories: 393.34 kcal per 12.0 fl oz...