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    Maple Syrup as Adjunct?

    I second that. Looks good!
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    What does extra yeast do?

    this is the fun of brewing....the experimentation. i've used lots of dry yeasts and lots of liquids as well, including some interesting Omega strains that don't need temp control. i'm currently experimenting with yeast starters, although unnecessary on a 2.5 gal batch, fermentation took off like a rocket. just try different stuff and see what you like and take notes. i like talking with my LHBS guys. they know their stuff and mine has good prices too which is a bonus.
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    What does extra yeast do?

    just pitch the whole pack bro.....either a MRB pack or Safale pack
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    Bottle didn’t carbonate

    amen to that. i had a Munich Malt Monster batch that I waited 6 months for and then got flat beer. tried @Shrike's suggestion and it does work. just have to be patient. btw. NEVER have problems using 12 oz glass. only flat beer problems have been using PET bottles. i have stopped using them. not worth the risk to me.
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    American Ale problem

    i aim for low 60's. especially that 1st week of fermentation. some say target 65 deg. the most basic way to control the temp would be a camping cooler with frozen water bottles in it. change them out once per day. I would just cold crash it and see whatcha got!
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    American Ale problem

    if it's been 3 weeks, then I would go ahead and cold crash it. i'll bet that the stuff on top with settle out. what temp did you ferment for 3 weeks? also make sure and sanitize the spigot again if that's where you got your sample from. i have found that HME to be a bit cidery so more than likely it's nothing you did wrong. that's just how it tastes. some might argue otherwise.
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    longest you have let bottles sit?

    i have read on this forum and others that hops fade over time. that is true. i have found that ipa's where you have multiple hops additions and is more or less the main feature of the beer, you really need to start drinking after 3 or 4 weeks. like @Cato said the dark ones age with grace. my Black Moon Rising keeps amazing me every time i pop one. It's several months old now.
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    Sticky Wicket Oatmeal Stout

    i googled "spent grains bread recipe" and found one earlier this year. tried it and it was great! highly recommend.
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    Sticky Wicket Oatmeal Stout

    oh.....then well....ok then? i'm not familiar with that concept...
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    Sticky Wicket Oatmeal Stout

    do you like Mexican beers? I made the "El Gordito" PM kit earlier this year. Added 1 booster and 1 robust LME for a Negra Modelo clone and it was very good. https://www.mrbeer.com/el-gordito-mexican-lager-partial-mash
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    Saison de Frais

    oh good to know. i will skip that step.
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    Saison de Frais

    thanks for the recipe. I'm going to drop this into my queue.
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    Too much foam when I pour

    i use Domino Dots. i order them online from amazon. they are 1/2 tsp each and always gives me perfect carb in a 12 oz bottle.
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    funny i happened to have a SA pumpkin beer tonight after work. not a big fan. i am open to all kinds of beers, but didn't care for this one. finished it though!
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    @Shrike what would you think about replacing a cup of brown sugar with a cup of dark DME? thinking about the voodoo recipe....
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    i have brewed that recipe. I did not care for it. good, but not great. Had really high expectations for it. probably been in bottles for 6 mos now and I only fridge one up every so often. i have another can of BAA and am wondering what to make with it.
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    i can see the conversation now....."we'd like to offer you $100,000,000 for Manfish....." nah.....i'm good. just want to stay true to craft brewing. LOL
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    no i hear you. always best to support small business when you can. you can't blame a business who probably started from scratch in their garage or something for taking the money during a buyout. that's the american dream.
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    elysian space dust is a great beer, and I will still buy it. it's also possible for a company to thrive even after "selling out" to a large company. That's what Warren Buffet does. He buys great businesses and let's them continue to do the things that made them great. I understand the negatives of selling out, but it doesn't necessarily ruin the product going forward. I support my local HBS and local craft breweries in my area, Shannon, Revolver, Rahr, Community....etc.
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    with MRB recipes i never check OG/FG. I have to admit though now that I am doing some AG batches, I have been checking OG to get some idea of my mash efficiency. I've been coming in lower than the recipes suggest I should be, so I'm trying to figure out how to make that better. Hydrometer for me.
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    newbie here

    chill. it's like science man......what temp? what type of yeast?
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    newbie here

    i got a digital probe for less than $10 on amazon a while back. works great. i agree with @Cato, i would leave it in the cooler and just let it naturally warm up. too cool, OK, it can warm up. too hot that's when trouble happens.
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    Induction cooktop

    that's excellent. ya i did put a bazooka screen in mine. and clean up? turn it upside down into a trash bag and then just rinse it out. takes 1 minute. wish i knew someone with some chickens. i could hook them up!
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    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    im sorry but like i said earlier just pitch it bro. the whole pack.
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    Induction cooktop

    for just mashing i would highly recommend checking out making a mash tun from a home depot water cooler, either 5 or 10 gallons. very easy to make and if you watch any AG brewing videos on youtube, many brewers use them for a mash tun. there's a good john palmer video out there where he shows how to use it. you pre-heat it with hot water and it holds temp amazing for an hour. only down side is you obviously can't heat it, but you can add more hot water. only used it 5 times, but i love it so far.
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