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Big Sarge

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  1. Big Sarge

    3 days worth chillin'

    This is the best damn explanation I've heard in my three years on the forum. Don't get me wrong, I've followed the mantra and I knew it was best; I just didn't know the exact science of it (and I'm too lazy to look it up). Follow-up question: Does this only come into play with priming sugar/bottle carbing?
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    First attempt starting tonight

    I laughed way too loud at that closing comment.
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    Dry River Rye IPA

    @Cato, while I haven't tried this recipe, I have had rye beer. If you have not tried rye beer, I suggest trying one; there are a few people that don't like them.
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    All grain noob here.....

    I feel like I should be kicking myself for reading this...
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    Total noob question about zest

    Typo...I fixed it for ya, Rick
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    Possible Hop Combo

    I was thinking the same thing, but that's a lot of high-alpha bittering hops. The "S" hops don't give many of options, particularly for available aroma type varieties.
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    Possible Hop Combo

    Sterling hops didn't really wow me. I easily see them being tied to the basic lager category. They lack any citrus punch, IMO. The others sound good, although I don't have any experience with them (in practice or in taste).
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    Green with envy here! I hope you guys have a blast! I love how it's developing!
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    recipe for Helles

    That does rely on the ambient temperature of the room your cooler is in, along with the insulating properties of the cooler itself. I use two 1 liter frozen bottles in my cooler, during this time of year in Oklahoma. That keeps the LBK at 55 degrees. I'll have to add another 20 ounce bottle if I lager during the summer months. I rotate them every 12 hours.
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    Found 2 old cans

    I guess we should change this thread to "Found 2 old TV shows"
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    NorthWest Pale Ale

    The NWPA is pretty good as is. The most I would add is some LME/DME or hops, specifically the latter. I brewed this one yesterday, adding in El Dorado hops for 5 minutes and will dry hop a week before bottling. I discourage any other adjunct.
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    cold yeast need advice

    That's @HoppySmile! for ya!
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    The Real Mr. Beer - Live Stream Thread

    Can I DVR it? I can't remember if you gave an answer on archiving episodes. The live air time unfortunately doesn't work well with my schedule. Good luck today! 🍺
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    It's freaking awesome that you guys are making this happen! I only regret that I won't make it. I look forward to hearing all about it, though!
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    Make the trip! What better way to learn than sitting around some seasoned homebrewers, talking and drinking beer? We have all been in your shoes. Keep at it and you'll be fine. The patience not only comes in handy in waiting for your beer, it also comes in refining your craft overall. Too many people drop out due to lack of confidence in their abilities.
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    Strong cider taste

    I have only experienced the off flavors of an infection once (quite obvious, a bad watermelon wheat), but a few batches that have consistently gushed. Like yours, some of those lasted to right around the two-year mark. I just hate losing all that beer to the kitchen sink! I have to look inward first, as my cleaning and sanitization could always get better. I'm going to track my fermenters, seeing if there is a possibility of one being the culprit. I'm going to wash bottles like a mad man. One step that often gets ignored (due to time) is sanitizing the spigot before bottling. Maybe that's it?
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    Strong cider taste

    I've seen that all too often in some batches. It perplexes me, as I maintain the same 1/2 tsp of sugar per 12 oz bottle. It has to be something with sanitation somewhere. I'm ramping up my sanitization with the latest round of brewing/bottling, so fingers crossed!
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I might actually get to brew on Sunday, since I've finally ordered some Mr. Beer recipes. Of course I missed the 20% off sale, but who cares? Now it's on to deciding which one it'll be: the WDA, Chromos, Yule, or the NWPA with El Dorado?
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I'm excited to hear about brew day!!
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    Poor Customer Service

    @RickBeer scared another one off!
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    Return of Winter Dark Ale!

    They finally caved!! So is this going to be the next McRib?
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    New Recipe!

    As am I... and of course it's super limited
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    Tell me about Wheats

    Without searching the forum, I remember the conversations about rabbits. I am thinking that this isn't the right answer, but I'm going to take a shot in the dark and say AC.
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    Tell me about Wheats

    Some tough competition, apparently lol. I can't claim to know the others off the top of my head, and dare not google them.