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  1. Dark brown adds a very slight taste and slight color and light brown adds even less but either will feed your yeast for carbonating. It takes more brown sugar than table sugar and it is slower to dissolve. I have used it in a porter and a stout, but I batch primed both.

  2. The bottles do not have to have had carbination before, they just have to be strong enough to hold the pressure of fermented beer and keep the light out. I have used all types, 1 lt and 1/2 lt brown PET,
    12 oz glass with crip caps, 16 oz flip top and even 5 lt mini keg. Any bottle has advantages and disadvantages. I use 8 oz water bottles for test bottles but beyond that all my bottles are dark. Glass is the best for long shelf life.

  3. The mini-kegerators shown in the first post use mini-kegs. These small kegs can not be force carbed, they require CO2 only to force the beer out of the keg without adding oxygen. They are nice but I have yet to get the carbing correct, either too little or too much. If you go to Midwest and go to mini-keg they have several types. I have one mini-keg that has been conditioning for about 6 months and I plan to tap it next month, hopefully I have the carbination right on this keg. Be sure to check how any mini-kegerator handles CO2 for dispensing the beer.

  4. Both refined and corn sugar will carb your beer and Screwy Brewer's calculator will keep the amount of sugar balanced. Don't limit yourself to one or two types of sugar though. There is brown sugar, honey, molassis and others. You can add some slight flavor changes by using different sugars. Have fun and brew hoppy.

  5. Could be several different things. Slight variation in the amount of sugar, sugar not fully dissolved but probably just caps not properly sealed. If you use plastic bottles and caps you should check the caps several times while they are carbing just be sure that they are tight.

  6. Just started 2 runs of Imperial Pils today. Steeped the grain and put everything together while the rain poured down. Took OG readings and even though I thought that I had done the same for both batchs I got 2 different OGs, 1 was 1.064 at 70 and the other was 1.062 at 68. I threw 1/2 oz of Norther Brewer in one keg and 1 oz of cascade in the other keg. They are sitting in the cooler at 68 until tomorrow, then I will drop the controller to 54 for the next 2 or 3 weeks before the d-rest and then I will proceed from there depending on the appearance, smell and taste.

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