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  1. 76shovel

    Brewmax 2 gallon fermenter

    I have a slightly taller dorm fridge for cold crashing, I control it with an Inkbird controller. I can do two LBKs in it but when I remove the shelves the brewmax fermenter just fits. During the initial week of fermentation I tape the probe of the Inkbird to the fermenter below the fluid line and set it at the desired fermentation temp . My basement is 65-68 so after high Krausen I put the fermenter on a shelf (unless it's a lager I need to keep colder).
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    3 days worth chillin'

    I found I have some rather old, like 6-7 months old, ThunderBay IPAs so I've been slowly using those up. I have an American Hazy batch chilled and another Thunder Bay conditioning. I have no plans to brew more IPAs until those are dwindled. The top level of my basement fridge is IPAs and Wheats, The bottom is all Lagers, the racks next to the fridge are all stouts doing their time and some Ales I'm just not sure about yet.
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    3 days worth chillin'

    I often read "only chill what you'll drink in 3 days" Why? Is it to allow your beer to (possibly) develop more or are you doing it harm by long term refrigeration? I assume this is in reference to the ales because I also read I should keep the lagers cold. Mark
  4. I have a slightly taller dorm fridge I can take shelves out of, it works for the above fermenter if I very carefully remove the krausen extension ring. You don't need the extension ring past high krausen anyhow.
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    Thunder Bay IPA Reloaded

    Has anyone here seen a Mr Beer recipe go longer than 3 weeks (at the recommended temps) for complete fermentation?
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    Lock Stock and Barrel III

    To use up my leftovers I did Lock Stock IV this weekend, or maybe I should say Captain's Barrel II. Followed the pattern above but this time I got the Cocao nibs included in the late boil.
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    Starting to think about HME and LME

    Did nights for a several years and there were plenty of morning beers...... but I was a lot younger. These days the shift alone would kill me.
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    Starting to think about HME and LME

    My Sir Kenneth tonight seems a bit twangy I just tried the dash of salt It works!
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    Thunder Bay IPA Reloaded

    Bottled my 3rd Thunder Bay this morning. At 1 1/2 years into this hobby I still don't own a hydrometer. I figure that way I'm not disappointed.
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    I'm still using 4 dots to a 750 ml bottle. Guess I should be trying to reduce that. On the other hand in 1 1/2 years of doing this I've never had a bottle failure... yet. Now I wonder what I'm doing wrong?
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    Starting to think about HME and LME

    " I think 1/2 cup of honey per batch does amazing things also." Creeps, when is that honey introduced to the process?
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    how to handle a true lager?

    When I am kicked back having a beer I brewed I am always wondering if I got it right, I don't have any other experience with bocks but I like it. I recently bottled Uncle Monkey's Dunkel. Fermented 3 weeks at 55, 2 day rest in the basement at 65 then bottled, Now carbing 3 weeks at 70-72. When carbed it'll go to the basement fridge at 40 and wait for me. (Actually I'll be waiting for it.)
  13. 76shovel

    Lock Stock and Barrel III

    I will follow your advice, as far as liking it goes, well it IS what’s happening right now. 😆
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    Lock Stock and Barrel III

    Bottling day was yesterday, I felt the sample was great but I may be a bit biased. I know I am going to start another batch right away with the leftover grains from the original order. Since I used Captain Morgan 100 proof Spiced Rum I labeled it- Captain's Barrel - The next batch will get a 2 oz of the Cocao Nibs in the steeping phase. Should I cold steep that or would it be ok at 165F ?
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    NEIPA Bottle Conditioning

    That is interesting, Is the cinnamon introduced after fermentation?