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    Kettle vs. Burner diameter

    I brew 5 gallon batches in an old turkey fryer on my stove. It works... Here's a picture of my $100 HERMS system.
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    Interesting German Brewing PDF

    This article was kinda depressing. I thought I was making damn good beer but according to the Germans I've been making oxidized swill. My entire system needs to be overhauled. I guess i will have to buy a few German Helles examples and see for myself what the big deal is.
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    white film on the top of my raspberry hefe

    Thank you all for your input. I'm not crazy about sour beers. This is my first infection after about 40 batches. I might quarantine it somewhere for a few months away from my equipment and give it a try in August. It will be something to take to the the home brewer association meeting. The thing...
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    white film on the top of my raspberry hefe

    Thanks for the response. I added a picture to my original post.
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    white film on the top of my raspberry hefe

    I made a very good hefewiezen. I racked 1.5 gallons onto some raspberries that were frozen and simmered. I've let it sit for about 2 weeks. A white film is covering the beer. It has a sour taste but not terribly sour. I don't know if the sourness is coming from bacteria or the raspberries. I...
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    bubblegum flavor

    Thanks Guys, I read that thread earlier. I just read this in my ongoing search. https://beersensoryscience.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/esters/ Maybe I need to oxygenate my wort a little better. I use S-05 and S-04 the most. I ferment with an ambient temp of 68.
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    bubblegum flavor

    I have a recurring problem with a bubblegum flavor. It's not every batch. I've tried to research this and what I read is mostly guesses and hunches. I have my own theory that differs from most of what I read about fermentation temps and stressed yeast. I'm starting to believe it's a protein...
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    Steam mashing session #2. Success !

    Hey Brewman, I built a steam inection system and I just tested it out last night by heating a couple gallons of water to see if I had all the holes plugged so I wouldn't run into problems tomorrow during my brew day. Well, it's brewday and I am having all kinds of problems. My main issue...
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    Steam infusion hefe-weizen success!

    Thanks Rev, I didn't look at his activity.
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    Alternative Grain Beer Black Rice Pale Ale

    Thanks Fourstring, I'm brewing beermunchers Cream of 3 crop tomorrow. Maybe I'll put a little black rice in it to give it a little color. If you haven't made that beer yet it's a winner. It's great for the Lite Beer drinkers of the world but still comes in at 5% ABV.
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    Steam infusion hefe-weizen success!

    Hey FlyGuy, I built a sims system and I just tested it out. I heated a couple gallons of water to see if I had all the holes plugged so I wouldn't run into problems tomorrow during my brew day. It made a knocking noise and not many bubbles came out of the steam dispersing ring. I can live...
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    Alternative Grain Beer Black Rice Pale Ale

    Hi Fourstring, For months I've been thinking about brewing a beer with black rice to get the purple color. When I saw your post I was happy to see that my idea would have worked. Did you use black gluttonous rice or forbidden rice? Forbidden rice has a very slight grape flavor. The pigments in...
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    Cream Ale Cream of Three Crops (Cream Ale)

    I just did a gravity reading after my 5 gallon batch spent 2 weeks in the primary. The OG was 1.05. My FG was 1.011. A week in the secondary might bring it down a tad. It's still sending a bubble through the tube about every minuet. The Hydro tube tasted very clean. There isn't a negative thing...
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    Does Pumpkin increase head retention?

    Thanks G, I wasn't too concerned about it but this is my first time using pumpkin (actually Acorn squash) and it seemed unusual. I'm expecting this to be a good batch. I tried 1st wort hopping for the first time too. Gordon Strong seemed very hip to this procedure in his book Brewing Better Beer...
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    Does Pumpkin increase head retention?

    I don't think that's it. I used S-05 and had it at a constant 68 degrees.
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    Does Pumpkin increase head retention?

    I brewed a pumpkin ale on 9/28. It's still bubbling sending a bubble through the blow off tube about every 10 seconds. There is still a krausen about an inch thick. Is the pumpking keeping the head on this batch?
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    Brewing on the Edge of the World: Canada's Arctic - Part I

    I found it very interesting to see how radically the Canadian government infringes on your rights to have a beer or share a beer. It was refreshing to hear someone come off the "politically correct" bandwagon and really tell us the way things are instead of sugar coating the truth in fear of...
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