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General Homebrew Discussion / brewing my first lager
« on: August 02, 2013, 02:08:45 PM »
I'm looking into brewing my first lager and was wondering if there was any advantage to doing a single/double/triple decoction or just doing an infusion mash?

Tim

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General Homebrew Discussion / advice on dry hopping
« on: July 26, 2013, 09:22:30 AM »
I brewed an IPA recently where I dry hopped 2 oz. of whole hops in a normal 5 gallon glass carboy with I think a #7 stopper size. I started out trying to use hop socks, but realized they would not fit through the top of my secondary. Instead of using hop sacks I just added the whole hops loose into the carboy and realized my mistake immediately. When bottling, my auto-syphon kept getting clogged and I ended up losing about 1-1.5 gallons. I really liked the taste of this IPA and want to brew it again but wanted some advice on how I should go about dry hopping. I had 2 thoughts. First, I could use hop pellets and put them in hop socks, but I tend to like to use whole hops when dry hopping. The second option I thought of was to split the 2 oz. into 6-8 hop socks. This would reduce the area needing to fit through the top of my secondary. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Tim

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Equipment and Software / temperature contolling during fermentation
« on: October 18, 2012, 10:02:39 AM »
I'm looking into purchasing equipment so that I can temperature control my fermentation. I have a standard 6 gallon glass carboy with triple lock air lock that I use as a primary and I was wondering what size chest freezer would fit this carboy? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

Tim

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