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Tongan vanilla beans heading into today's sweet stout.
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Thanks, +Clinton Hughes​! That would enhance things.
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Dan Roth

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I like Brulosophy because they follow a scientific process; they're conscientious with how they carry out their experiments, and they're honest about where there may be shortcomings in the experiments they do.

They've done a series of experiments on fermentation temperature control, and consistently find that it's actually not a big deal (here's the most recent one: http://brulosophy.com/2016/02/08/fermentation-temperature-pt-4-lager-yeast-saflager-3470-exbeeriment-results). You can see that they're actually surprised by the results, and keep doing more experiments to come at this from different angles, because their results go against well-entrenched techniques and "common knowledge."

So if you have a temperature-controlled fermentation chamber...keep using it! It can't hurt! But if you don't, then it's looking like you really shouldn't worry. Lack of temperature control isn't going to hold you back from brewing good beer. (This is the boat that I'm in; I don't have the extra money to buy/build a fermentation chamber, and I don't really have anywhere to put it either. It's comforting to see that my beer-brewing abilities aren't severely limited by this.)
Listen to a discussion of this xBmt and live triangle tests on The Brewing Network’s The Session! Author: Marshall Schott Of all of the xBmt variables tested, the one that has stumped me the …
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Living in Texas it would be difficult to maintain fermentation temperatures below 70F on any months outside of late fall to most of the winter without some aid (water bath, ice, insulated box with cool air, fridge etc).  Thus while having a fermentation chamber is not a must - unless you want the off flavors from fermenting near 80F you have to spend on some sort of fermentation set up.

In the summer when it reaches close 100F and keeping the house near 80F is more normal than not; having some way to lower fermentation temperature is important.
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David Stelting

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The Truth about Yeast and Home brew
Brewers make wort, Yeast makes Beer! The old adage is that "brewers make wort, yeast makes beer" and that is true. Despite all of your best efforts you can not make beer with out the help of these miraculous little critters...
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James R

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I'm tired of being sick. But I still want a beer. I'll settle for homebrew.
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(I believe in chemistry.) 
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Dan Roth

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Whole vs. pellet hops Which do you prefer? Why?
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Thanks everybody. I'm thinking I'll use pellets next time (I've only been using whole hops), mainly because they absorb less wort, and I'm doing small batches (so a little loss is proportionally a bigger deal). I'll continue to use bags to help combat the mess.
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Harlan Carvey

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Trying something a little different...everyone I told about this recipe started salivating right away...

http://smallbatchhomebrewing.blogspot.com/2016/02/lemondrop-hefe.html
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Joe Posillico

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Hey everyone,
I'm looking to brew some 2.5 gallon batches.
What do you recommend fermenting in? 
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Those mr beer kegs should do the trick. I use a Brew demon that is basically the same as a mr beer keg but conical shaped. Seems to work. 
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Ray Kodiak

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Above is schematics ideas for one or two sensors, our 2 sensors use only one pull-up resistor and it works fine. Version 1 – this version will record to the SD card of the Ethernet shield usi…
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Ron Karwoski

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The Narcosis Brewing T shirt campaign is on!  For 30 days only.  We must get at least 25 orders to make the run.  They make great gifts!

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After 20 plus years brewing for friends and family Its time to move to the next level.
 Help us in our goal to commercialization. Any proceeds earned from the shirt campaign will go towards opening the next great micro brewery!

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Thomas Moore

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My cheap attempt at labeling. Northernbrewer smash.
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Joe Posillico

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I just started getting into the doctor homebrew podcast. It's very good, check it out. 
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+Kelly Avery I'm have to add Sunday session too. Thanks 
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Randy Simmons

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"We make a robot that brews beer." Unplug your kegerators! @brewbot #SOLIDWORKS #SWW16 · Embedded image. 7:31 AM - 2 Feb 2016. 15 Retweets9 Likes. Reply to @SOLIDWORKS. Replies. randy simmons · 1m1 minute ago. randy simmons @driver8rws. @SOLIDWORKS @brewbot totally designed in SOLIDWORKS! super ...
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I mostly use kits (don't have the time to Brew from grain). I have been experimenting with different combos of dry hopping.

I really like Citra, but would like to make a blend of "fruity" hops. Does anyone have a hop combo of this type that they have used and like? 
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Thanks for the suggestions. 
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Dan Roth

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I bottled yesterday, and had to wonder...what did you do before the bottling wand was invented? It seems like the only option would be make a huge mess and waste a lot of beer.
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Man. 1st made a mess.

Then bought a bottling bucket and attached 8 inches of tubing to the spigot.

Now kegs.
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Harlan Carvey

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Another Belgian ale...the first one was so good, I had to do it again...

http://smallbatchhomebrewing.blogspot.com/2016/01/belgian-2.html
My first Belgian Golden Ale turned out REALLY well...I opened one recently for my wife and almost didn't give it to her, I wanted to just keep smelling the aroma coming off of the head of that glass! Once she had it, she was...
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