Tristan
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How do you cool wort?
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There are a few methods, each with advantages and drawbacks. Cool your Kettle Take your hot brew kettle, full of wort, and submerge it in ice water. Advantages: No real equipment expense, just ...

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Why is our Original Gravity low?
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If you're doing a concentrated boil, it's possible you're just adding too much water to the fermenter when you finally put it together. For a five gallon batch, a difference of about half a gallon of ...

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first time racking and bottling.....
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If you can get a hold of a bottling wand, it will save you all kinds of trouble in the bottling process. The wand has a valve in it that only lets liquid flow when it is pressed up against a surface. ...

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Optimal counterflow wort chiller
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The cooling rate is going to depend on how cold your cold water is and the flowrates of the hot wort and the cooling water. From my experience, I've had a hard time finding food-grade hose that can ...

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Which commercial bottles are good for repurposing?
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I've found most American micro/mini-brew bottles work well. Breckenridge labels sometimes come off while I'm still drinking the beer. One type I found didn't work well was Warsteiner. The flange on ...

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How should bulk DME be stored?
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You might put silica gel and/or oxygen absorber packets in there to help as well.

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Permanent Bottle Labels
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I don't think you'd want to use stickers, as moisture would likely ruin the adhesive. Perhaps some vinyl cling material (think decorative window clings) would work well. Another possibility is to ...

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Why is our beer not carbonating?
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It is also possible that you don't have enough head room in your bottles. For a normal 12-oz bottle, you probably want about 3/4" of head space.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Buckets vs Carboys?
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Buckets are definitely easier to clean, since you can actually get in there and rinse and scrub, but if the plastic gets scratched, you might never be able to fully sanitize it again, as bacteria can ...

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What's your favorite type of beer to brew... and why?
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I'm a fan of the more full-flavored beers. The two that worked out best for me were an Irish Red ale and and Oatmeal Stout.

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Removing Fruit From Secondary
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I've found a bottle/carboy washer (little attachment you can put on your faucet) and a carboy brush to be invaluable in cleanup.

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