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    Fertilizer recomendations??

    Ok, Hops are 3'+ and doing Great, but I've noticed that they aren't as Green leafed as last year, when I had ammendments to the soil (1st year). So I was thinking I'd buy some fertilizer to add, but came accross other threads discussing Coffee grounds, fire ash, compost, etc to add. So as I...
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    How long is too long to "Dry Hop"...

    Ok, I've been busy lately, but it's a good thing for the most part. 3 weeks in Primary... (too busy to rack any earlier)... 1 week in 2ndary then had a moment and added my dry hop addition... now it's 2 weeks later and I ment to rack it off to keg over the w/e but too many chores... oh and the...
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    What to do??? HELP!

    ok most of my 2nd year hops are sprouting nicely 4-5 shoots (nice!). But one is just nuts! 21 shoots in a 8" dia. circle. EEEEK! 3-4" tall already and I don't know what to do. Ok 3-5 bines on one sturdy rope might be fine, but 20+ is just no way! How do you determine what bines to...
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    New Kettle... first brewing

    OMG!!! Ok, so for a year, I've used a thin aluminum turkey fryer pot to boil my wort. I thought it was ok, but as dents have formed and it's so thin, the potential for a crack to form and leak all the goodness mid boil... I decided I needed a new Pot. So after looking around, looking at...
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    Acidic water Ph 5.2 before mash

    What to do? I can't get any body in my beers. Hop utilization (bitterness) is easy, but an IPA is way out of reach as without the malt flavors and mouth feel, the beer is just bitter and thin. What and how much do I need to add to bring the Ph up to something more normal like 6.5? Cheers.
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    Help with Food list

    Ok, the post with the beer tasting list... OMG!! That helped me a lot with my list of beers for my Brewing/Tasting event on 2-6-10. I plan on offering up Pizza after the brew day is over and beer off my tap. But I had planned on a tasting session during the day while brewing up a Belgian...
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    Does a Glass make all the difference?

    Ok, I got a dozen Tumbler Pint glasses last year when I started brewing and put it on tap. As I wasn't going to have bottles to just drink from. Then I got a set of 4 Tall slender glasses (Pilsner) and they display the color, head and general quality of the beer very well but not much else...
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    Need help with a "Tasting" list of beers

    Ok, I'm having some neighbors over (year 2) for a Brew day and Pizza party. I'd like to do a "Tasting" session for the guy's (showing up early for brewing session, before the wifes show up for the Zaa). What should I get? Recomendations for my list? I'm thinking a variety, sort of what...
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    Water Profile... Does it matter to you?

    Ok.. so you use your filtered tap water... or you don't or you use bottled water or even Distilled. Do you Care .... water is water right. Or are you intrigued by it ... trying to filter to get your best out of what you have... Or are you MAD and take Distilled and add what you need to...
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    Belgian double is TROUBLE!!!!

    OMG! for those of you that are light weights.... never brew a BD and drink it on an empty tummy! 3 pitchers and ... DUDE the stars are spinning!! Ok the sky is clear, we had a bon fire in JAN!!! What an evening... but it's all the fault of the Belgian double! Dang! now I can't stop...
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    Brew pod cast? Brewing casts for my IPOD??

    Ok, where might I find this for my ipod and my daily commute in and back from "Work".... Sure would be nice to have something "interesting" to listen too and get me going on the drive home! :D So I'm looking for resources! Please post your links for downloads. Cheers :mug:
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    Protien Rest....

    Ok 2nd AG and efficiency is only in the 60's.... Mash Temp 148-154 (60 min) I did a PM (Belgian with Grains and Candie Suggar, no DME/LME) sudo AG I guess, it had me do a Protien Rest and with that recipe I got 84% efficiency! Since then I did 2 AG's (nearly identical recipe, only...
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    OMG!!! 1" of yeast and trub accumulated on the bottom

    Holly smokes! Ok, first time re-using a cup of yeast from 2 day's prior batch.... Fast ferment but not explosive, yet MASSIVE pile of yeast and trub already in 2 day's !!!! WOW! Added brew belt to bring up the temp to finnish off the ferment ... Woooot. Can't wait to try the gravity...
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    First year of brewing!!! Wooot.... ooops

    Now I had to join a gym as I gained 15 lbs in the last 12 months.... AAAARRRRGGGGG!! Why oh why does my beer taste so good.... I can't stop. Now I have to work out just so I can continue this hobby..... ARRRRRGGGGG Cheers... oooops had to tip another one back... guess that will be another...
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    Flavors/feel when Coriander added?

    Ok, I only found 6 returns from my search and none discussed the flavor or feel when Coriander is added. So what does it add to a brew? I'm modifying a recipe that I have brewed before and just modified by adding 2 oz of orange zest. So now I'm adding 1 oz Coriander powder (got it at the...
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    Yeast from bottom of primary... use again tomorrow?

    Ok, I didn't prep to wash the yeast... sort of last minute thinking to re-use it. I racked a beer to 2ndary at 11am this morning, went to the LHBS and got more grain (same grain bill as used on the transfer batch). I plan to brew tomorrow morning and would like to dump the yeast on the new...
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    Home grown Hops... how much?

    Ok, I've got Hallertauer, Centenials, Cascades, Nuggets They are 09's (first year hops) So the question How much??? double the recipe? Or something else? Opinions wanted. Cheers :mug:
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    Christmas Day 1st AG Brew plan!

    Ok, got the 12lb grain bill today, home grown hops in the freezer, S04 ready and waiting... It's going to be a Great X-Mass AG Brew Day for ME!!!!:ban::ban::ban: Best X-Mass day since 3rd Grade.. Skii's for Ski Jumping.... Knocked the Bejebus out of myself repeatedly that day but got one...
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    How big of a MLT do I need for this AG bill?

    8.5LB 2 row 1 LB 80L 1 LB Muhich 1/2 LB Dextine 11LB total grain bill. So how big of a pot do I need? is a 3 gal enough for the Protien rest and Steep? I have a 7.5 gal boil... but don't want to use it for anything but the boil as it isn't suitable for anything but that purpose...
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    Wow... Long... long .... long fermentation...

    Ok this is a first, I've seen personally. 14 day's in Primary now, 1.07+ OG Belgian Ale with WYeast 1338. I took a Gravity reading after 8 day's at 1.035... now another 6 day's and it's only down to 1.018... Lots of yeast still in suspension (wort). It hasn't gotten infected and I can...
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