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All Grain Brewing / Batch Sparge Draining
« on: March 25, 2011, 08:41:42 AM »
Everything I read about batch sparging says to "drain" the mash tun and add the sparge water.  Do you actually drain all the wort out or stop and leave some water in so that the grains are still wet?  I guess I am wondering how much to drain the mash tun?

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All Grain Brewing / Mashing in cool weather
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:21:23 PM »
I am hopefully going to be going all grain for the first time this weekend, and I was going to do it outside.  The weather is supposed to be in the mid 50s.  I converted a 10 gal Rubbermaid cooler for my mash tun.  In people’s experience if I keep the lid on the cooler the whole time I mash, will the temp stay constant in that kind of weather or will I have to add hot water?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Buying a thermometer
« on: January 20, 2011, 01:45:19 PM »
I am looking to buy a more precise thermometer without breaking the bank.  Maybe something less than $50 if that’s possible.  Any suggestions?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Advise on dry hopping
« on: January 18, 2011, 09:28:04 AM »
I've never had to dry hop, so I wanted to know the best way to do it or for how long.  I've heard of people putting the hops directly into the secondary and also keeping them in a mesh bag in the secondary.  Anything you can offer would be great.

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General Homebrew Discussion / All little math help please
« on: January 12, 2011, 04:27:22 PM »
I only have 3.3 lbs of LME the recipe calls for 4lbs.  How much DME can I add to equal the missing .7 lbs of LME?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Yeast Starter
« on: January 11, 2011, 02:08:11 PM »
When I pitch yeast from a yeast starter, do I dump the whole thing right in the fermenter, or do I scrape off just the kraesen that has formed and put that in?  What is the best way to transfer the yeast starter?

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