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    1.064 IPA stuck fermentation? Bottle bombs?

    Hey everyone. I brewed an IPA a couple weeks ago, OG 1.064 from 6 lb of light dme, and 3 pounds of two-row, 40L, carapils. Pitched US-05, and now I'm down to about 1.022. Is my fermentation stuck? Can I bottle without risk of bottle bombs? Or do I need to do something to re-start...
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    Securing copper pipe to tower

    I think this is a good (and *duh* obvious) answer. Thanks!
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    Securing copper pipe to tower

    I recently refurbished a Danby commercial kegerator to work with homebrew ball-lock corny kegs. I have a copper pipe around my liquid line, which I want to secure inside of the tower to keep the line cold. I did this in the last kegerator I built, but for the life of me I cannot remember how...
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    Steam Beer Fermentation Issue?

    I made the recipe myself. Wanted to malto to provide some more body to the beer. I don't need the beer to end up super-close to the actual style. But as long as I get something that tastes good, I'll be thrilled. I'll give it a couple more weeks in the carboy. Then cold crash and bottle.
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    Steam Beer Fermentation Issue?

    If it's not finished, how low should it get you think? Beersmith is telling me 1.015, which isnt too far off from where I am now.
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    Steam Beer Fermentation Issue?

    6lb amber extract 1/2 lb 20L Crystal malt, steeped at 155F for 30 minutes 8oz maltodextrine
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    Steam Beer Fermentation Issue?

    Brewed a steam beer last Sunday. Hit all my numbers spot-on, 1.056 OG. Using a dry lager yeast, Safale 23. Starting bubbling by that night, went strong for a few days, but now has stopped, current SG is 1.020. Is the fermentation finished? I thought I'd reach a lower FG. Temperatures for...
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    Crappity Crap, what did I screw up?

    Thanks Yooper that was really helpful. The pot I used was just different than my last. My last mash I got a much better efficiency, and my OG was spot on. I got almost no temperature drop out of it, and I probably stayed around 160 for the whole mash. When I first took my OG it said 1.032 and...
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    Crappity Crap, what did I screw up?

    2 lbs white wheat, 2lbs Vienna. I used like 1.3 gallons or so.
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    Crappity Crap, what did I screw up?

    Just finished brewing what I'm calling an american lemon wheat. OG was only about 1.040 from 3 lbs DME and 4 lbs partial mash. I heated my mash water to 170 hoping for a post-grains addition temp of around 155, but this damn pot held it's heat wayyy too well. Could my high mash temp have...
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    Looking for Home Brew Store in Delaware?

    +10 to HDYB. They are fantastic there, good prices, great owners. Wish I was still down at UD to buy there!
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    Case of Sam Adams "Summer Ale" disappointment...

    See, I had it on draft the other day, and it was very meh. But usually I enjoy it. YMMV
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    American Wheat - help

    And those calculations look good now: 1.048 OG 13.3 IBUs nice light color of 5.7
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    American Wheat - help

    Oh wow I'm an idiot. Don't think my grain bag and pot can handle 5 pounds of grain to mash, but I think 2lbs of both wheat and vienna should fit and mash no problem.
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    American Wheat - help

    That's funny, I was just researching and thinking about vienna. I threw that into beersmith, and the gravity looks a little low though, 1.037 (3.6%), too low, or OK?
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    American Wheat - help

    Trying to put together a recipe for an American Wheat and I feel like I'm missing something: 5lbs dry wheat extract .6oz Cascade @ 60 min .4oz Cascade @ 5 min 1/8oz lemon peel @ 5 min I'm capable of doing partial mash so I can take any suggestions involving that into consideration.
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    A Good Summer Brew?

    Thanks for all the replies. Won't go cream ale, as that's what I brewed last (and loved, got great reviews on it). Think I might go some sort of wheat. Just gotta narrow down what exact flavor profile to go for.
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    A Good Summer Brew?

    So I'm home from school for good (graduated Delaware with my BA in chemistry) and I want to brew my 6th beer with my dad. Going to do a partial mash, and will be buying everything off AHS as I can't get my stuff from the amazing LHBS I had at school :( Definitely want something refreshing...
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    Suggestions For Spring Beer

    OK, so the brewing is complete...PM is pretty easy, once I was able to get my mash temp right. Undershot my volume by about half a gallon, much more evaporation than I thought, but since I shot my IBUs for the top of the style, I should be fine. Basement temp is hovering around 60 during the...
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    Do I need to use 5.2 Buffer?

    It's a buffer, so putting in too little wouldn't give you the desired result, but putting in a little extra will not hurt. That's the whole point of a buffer, regardless of what you put into the mixture, you will have a steady pH. So as long as you dont dump the whole bottle in, you'll be fine...
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