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Dan Roth

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I took a sample for a gravity reading after about 10 days in the fermenter. It looks like beer! And smells like beer! And tastes like (flat, weak, lukewarm) beer! According to my calculation, it's at about 3.7% right now.
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Congratulations on successfully breaking the wort threshold. Let there be beer!
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Dan Roth

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What is a good way to take samples for gravity readings from a carboy? Will a cheap turkey baster (sanitized, of course) do the trick?
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A couple of days of krausen is typical, and that is a moderate gravity. The yeast keep working after the active fermentation you see that produces krausen and bubbles in the airlock. What temperature was it at & do you remember anything about the packet of yeast? You are probably OK...RDWHAHB!!! Or any beer since this is your first batch!
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David Stelting

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many of you don't know this but... I am an actor.   (well a community theater actor, which is like a guy on a beer league softball team claiming to be a ball player.)  We recently wrapped a show at a local theater.  I played ...
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Tim Sheets

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Just getting back into home brewing after about a 10 year hiatus.  I forgot how much a PITA cleaning bottles for the first time is.  But, I've got two batches fermenting (an IPA and a Scottish Ale, both extract kits), one of which I plan to bottle this weekend, the other a few weeks later. 

Anyway, just thought I'd say hi and share the pain with others that have been there. :-)  Now, back to scrubbing labels off.
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Oxiclean or PBW is a savior when it comes to label peeling, but honestly a kegging system is worth the money just to avoid the hassle of bottling. Think about - no more bottle hoarding, no more cleaning, no more waiting two weeks and finding your beer to be under carbonated. Kegging - its the wave of the future.
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Paul Stefanini

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Needs a name; wheat beer with chamomile (2 whole freaking ounces [56 g]) and honey in the boil. Vanguard hops. 5.9% ABV; so 'Thousand (Chamo)Mile Journey'?

Has a slight off smell of bananas and clove. Super chamomile forward, not much honey sweetness anywhere. Tasty to my regards; my spouse claims a sour taste, which I don't pick up.

Any suggestions for names or smell corrections? :-D

Cheers! 
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Jose Correa

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This is a homemade tap handle I just made for my friend's keezer. Used a glass vial that came with some vanilla beans, filled it with some cascade hops and added a tap ferrule. 
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Agree, you need to fill it with something to preserve them. It won't look as good in a couple of weeks when they are all brown and crumbled.
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Citra Pale Ale!
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+Dan Roth it is very good! One of my best homebrews.
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BOOMstick Brew

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Plan ESB from Outer Space is alive and kicking! #GetSome
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Dan Roth

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Brewing my first batch tomorrow! (I've wanted to do this for close to 10 years now, but haven't been able to for various reasons.) Any first-timer tips? I know the importance of sanitation, and I've watched the videos from the American homebrew association a few times, so I've at least seen the process...
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Also with extract, dip the jug in the almost boiling water to warm up the extract. After pouring it out you can dunk the whole jug into the brew pot to fill it with the brew water and get every last drop of extract out. You boil the shit out of it afterwards so no worries about contaminating it in the beginning.

Also, if you have any doubt that something went wrong 90% of the time you are OK. Beer is resilient!
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#Braggot   brewed on June 5th using Orange Blossom Honey, Citra and Lemon Drop Hops, and fresh lemon grass. #hombrew   #brewyourown   #saynotofizzyyellowbeer   #brewdrinkandbemerry  
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That sounds glorious
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David Stelting

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That's why you have to be so careful what you buy and where. Like I said my local Walmart posts the cleaning records right on the side and its inspected once or twice a week. you can't go to your local bar and asked them for some extra ice I'm sure they haven't clean their machine in forever. But you can also boil you around and make the ice I've done that too
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Jose Correa

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Very active fermentation on this DIPA. 
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Very nice, thanks for the info.
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Enjoying a bottle of my Night of the Honey Badger in the back yard
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That log on the right needs to be cut off.
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In the fridge for 6 months. Is that black mold?
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Thanks for all the tips guys! It didn't taste bad. I've placed it in my keg and is carbonating as we speak. :)
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Millennium Falcon Rye IPA: The "maiden voyage" of my new Ss Brewing Technologies 10 gallon kettle: video and full recipe details.
On Sunday, July 19th I brewed my third IPA of 2015, Millennium Falcon Rye IPA. I chose the name for two reasons. First, I used Millennium and Falconer's Flight hops (and some Columbus hops), along ...
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Sunday, I had found some time to brew. Unfortunately, it was Sunday. Which means the local home brew stores were closed.  Here in Kansas City where I live, we are blessed with 7 home brew stores.   But none of them are open o...
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I have the same issue. Mine fits but barely. When i chill small batch with my chiller, I usually fill the sink with ice water as well. The ice works fine if you're diligent. The keys are sanitation, and pouring it back and forth between the buckets. Other wise the ice just sits on top. And I always pour it one more time prior to pitching to make sure it's all stirred up. 
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Dan Roth

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First batch ever...I really hope it turns out well! Had a lot of fun, took copious notes (as was suggested by you folks). Now just to wait for a while.
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Congrats on taking the plunge into homebrewing.  I remember my first batches and how much better my beer was by the time I was on my 3rd or 4th.  :-)  Sometimes several small adjustments can add up to a noticeable improvement.  Things like getting to a boil quickly, getting cooled down quickly, covering the fermenter (out of sunlight), etc.. all of which are mentioned or hinted at above are fairly minor changes that add up to a big improvement in the final product.  Those same things I added to my process pretty quickly.  Other things, I haven't yet added....  For example, I haven't added a proper brew kettle...I can't do full volume boils, about 3.5 - 4 gallon is all I can manage (extract brewer, BTW).  One of these days I will probably add one, but, probably not for a while unless I decide to give all grain a try.  Anyway, good luck and enjoy!
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