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    Strawberry Blonde Ale

    Wow, old thread =) Fresh fruit can often have a lot of wild yeasts and bacteria growing on them, so it's possible you picked up an infection. I'm not really sure what to suggest there other than be patient and finish the batch. It's possible it may never clear because of pectins in the fruit...
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    Dunkelweizen Help/Advice

    I just had a batch blow the top off the fermentor and fill my mini fridge with an inch of krausen. It poured out when I opened the door. The room still smells after a month.
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    Effect of pH on mashing

    I think I heard that the water profile can also effect beer clarity. Particularly if you don't have enough calcium. Unless you are curious about it and want to learn, I'd only recommend looking into it if you had a problem like "All of my stouts are awesome, but my light colored beers never...
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    Water help all grain

    From what I've read, the water grain ratio is only "important" for the mash itself (the part where you rest for 60 min in the 150-156 range). It generally should between 1.25 and 2.0. This is so that you get proper enzyme activity while also dissolving enough of the sugars. As long as you...
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    Oatmeal stout lacks head....

    Flaked barley is another popular choice. Oats have more lipids in them that other grains. I've read that that can sometimes hurt head retention.
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    Sanyo SR 4912M kegerator conversion

    +1 for Lowes. I finally found an employee who knew where the white board panels were. They were pretty well hidden amongst some of the other material in the paneling section. I had a heck of a time getting the gasket properly seated when I put the whiteboard panel on. I was just about to...
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    Sanyo SR 4912M kegerator conversion

    VoodooV, I've been pretty much in the same situation as you, I haven't found a good/cheap replacement for the front door moulding. So far I've only been using the fridge to ferment, though, and both my bucket and 6g better bottle fit without doing the door mod (just keep them to the left side of...
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    Crystal malt sub in sweet stout

    I don't have the book with me right now, but I think his recipes are for 70% efficiency. I think the OG on this was 1.060 Jamil does tend to aim for 6.5 gallons at the end of the boil though, that might be where the excess is going. I guess he REALLY doesn't like getting break material in...
  9. K

    Crystal malt sub in sweet stout

    Jamil's sweet stout doesn't have roasted barley, but his dry stout does.
  10. K

    Crystal malt sub in sweet stout

    Thanks Jaeger, I can use my wife's kitchen scale to change the amounts. What if I mix them? Something like: 8 ounces crystal 60 4 ounces crystal 90
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    Crystal malt sub in sweet stout

    I'm thinking of brewing Jamil's sweet stout as my first all grain batch, and am putting my order together on AHS, but they don't have any crystal 80. Would you folks suggest going with 90 or 60? How different is this likely to be from the 80? The suggested grain bill is: 10 lbs...
  12. K

    MY EIS WEISS, I need help

    I think a lot of commercial brewery's filter out the weizen yeast and add back in a lager strain before bottling.
  13. K

    How many gallons of EdWort's Apfelwein have been made?

    My wife just bought another 5 gallons of juice and demanded I start another batch. +5 10286.5
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    Unclean finish!!

    I've been having exactly the same problem with my beers. A subtle aftertaste just like you described. I don't know if I should describe it as bitter, musty, or grassy.... I've brewed 3 batches so far. 2 Amber ales that both had the problem, and an apfelwein that seems to be just fine. The...
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    How many gallons of EdWort's Apfelwein have been made?

    Just started a batch of my own last night. 8614 + 5 = 8619
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    crash cooling and overcarbonation?

    So.. I leave my bottles to carbonate at room temp, which is 75F. Is that the temp I should be using in those charts for the amount of priming sugar? I usually put the beer in the fridge for a day or so before serving, probably drinking it between 40-50F. Does this temp not come into...
  17. K

    24oz used bottles

    +1 on the oxyclean. An hour soak does most of the cleaning work for you , and does wonders for getting labels & glue off too.
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    temp control

    Hi guys, I'm half way through fermenting my 2nd batch. This time I'm using a Sanyo 4912 minifridge & a Ranco temp controller. It's the AHS fat tire kit, and I set the Ranco to 65F. One thing I've noticed is that with the differential at it's default setting, the temp ranges from 64-69. Is...
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    just tried first homebrew

    My first batch was based on the cooper's real ale kit also. I have to say I was disappointed. It came out looking more like a brown ale, with some off flavors. I've found that I can only really tolerate it if I drink it really cold. My friends thought it was ok, but they might just be being...