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    Texas, y'all!!

    oh and leave some room in the trunk of your car, or suitcase for some jester king and st arnold!
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    Texas, y'all!!

    @Creeps McLane you know the answer to that. If you come to Dallas, we're hitting some breweries!
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    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    you mean can you put your jug into the same camping cooler with your LBK? of course. i have 2 fermenters in my mini fridge right now.
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    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    with a BIAB recipe, you would steep grains in pot 1 and that is also your boil kettle. You would heat water in a separate pot and use all or part of that to sparge with into pot 1. i just meant that you said that the instructions suggested 2 different additional sparge water pots? or that's what i read at least. the grains will absorb some of the water, and some water will boil off too. just try it and see how it goes.
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    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    almost all of the all grain mashes that i do, beersmith recommends starting with strike water at 163 deg and then add my room temp grains to get to ~152 deg or so. that's weird suggesting 2 different sparge water pots.
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    Infection Leading to Sour Aftertaste?

    i know exactly what you mean and it sounds like you fermented at a low temp, so you did it right. my 1st was am lager and it had a green apple cider taste. The beers will improve with some of the craft refills. even better are the partial mash recipes. keep it up!
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    Infection Leading to Sour Aftertaste?

    i read your question and you said you saw the bubbles at bottling time. i assume you let it ferment for 3 weeks. did you cold crash? i have had yeast rafts before as well. cold crash and they will most likely disappear. cider taste could be extract twang. i have experienced that, even when fermenting at low temps. just the way it is sometimes. good luck and keep brewing.
  8. Anyone ever used an aluminum turkey fryer pot as a brew kettle? I have one, it's pretty large, 29 quarts. i've only used it once a few years ago and have the whole kit, burner and all. what if i cleaned with that TSP stuff and tried to brew with it?
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    @Cato hmmmm I might know someone in TX who could arrange a bottle for you if you can’t get it in VA.
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    older yeast

    question: i just brewed a MRB Sunday Morning Coming Down over the weekend. pitched a WLP001 Cal Ale yeast. Date was September 18-ish. No starter. aerated wort before pitching. brought yeast pack to room temp hours before pitching. shined a flashlight into LBK and have only seen a very thin bubbly layer on the wort that just appeared in the last 24 hours. not the vigorous krausen like most batches with fresh yeast. should i just let this play out? I have a US-05 pack i could throw in there right now, or i could leave it alone. i don't like to waste time, so i'm inclined to pitch another pack of yeast. what do y'all think? should i stop freaking out and just chill?
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    Voo Doo

    Uncle B, i don't know much, but i would think that if you've already brewed the batch and it's in the LBK, there is not much to do at this point. Just drink it when it's ready and enjoy. There are a lot of folks on this forum who have brewed voodoo that think that the brown sugar provides an off taste. test it yourself and see.
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    older yeast

    update if anyone but me cares. full layer of krausen going on now. strange b/c i pitched on Sunday and wasn't a lot of activity until today. Now about 1/2 to 1 inch of krausen. crisis averted.
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    older yeast

    good advice. thanks!
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    How Old is Too Old??

    Nick, you have much more experience than i do at brewing. However, I would just try them. Get fresh yeast and give it a go. What is the worst that could happen?
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    thanks for the link. just loaded up a 3 gallon version of that recipe in Beersmith for a rainy day.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    @Shrike one more question regarding that sunday morning coming down. the recipe doesn't suggest or include any hop additions. would you include any hops in a boil for a few mins? or just brew it with just the PM/LME and HME? i have a lot of left over hops. many different varieties. just curious.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    that's the kind of advice i was looking for. done deal. will use the porter. thanks!
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    question for my brew homies.....i'm going to brew the sunday morning coming down MRB recipe. i have lme, but I don't have a can of stout HME. I DO have a porter and a couple of WDA HME's. which would you sub for the stout?
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    next 2 brews: AG saison recipe that i found online. picked up my grains, hops and yeast from my HBS today while i was filling up my new CO2 tank. after that, brewing a MRB Sunday Morning Coming Down batch.
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    Octoberfest

    1st of all congrats on your 1st brew! going forward, there are a lot of things you can do to add ABV. make a partial mash recipe, will give you more flavor, body and abv. super easy using grains. if you can steep a tea bag, you can do a PM recipe. Adding booster is a good idea too. i do that on most mrb recipes. you can add DME or LME. some brewers are fond of adding 1/2 cup or whole cup of honey as well. you just have to experiment and do a lot of reading. call MRB customer service, and they will give you advice, or your local HBS. my free advice.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    thanks for the tip. i just visited my local brewery's facebook page (Shannon Brewing) and found out they're running a special. filling growlers for $10 of blackberry crystal wheat! will stop by tomorrow to get some.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    that is greatness. so i guess it's just a general base malt type of post mash wort, and then you're going to do your own boil? that is a cool concept. how did you hear about it? did they advertise it? i'll have to look around at some of our local breweries to see if they do something similar.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    what do y'all think about a variation of the Sunday Morning Coming Down recipe. 1 porter hme, pale LME (i only have that and robust), a booster, some grains....chocolate and carapils. us-05 and at bottling use a shot of espresso. anyone done a coffee beer before?
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    thinking about what MRB recipe to brew next. i have an american porter hme, so i was thinking about another round of black beer'd porter. i have a bunch of LME's, grains and some s-05. but on the other hand @Shrike i have a el gordito kit in hand that i need to brew. on the other hand, i have a can of bewitched that i could brew too? #homebrewproblems
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    so what was the deal? was this brewery giving away wort today? what's the occassion?
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