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    Arcadia in Kalamazoo. They have a counter service...

    Arcadia in Kalamazoo. They have a counter service BBQ joint that is great.
  2. I've done both pale ale and IPA on nitro. They...

    I've done both pale ale and IPA on nitro. They tend to sell pretty well, and taste pretty good in my opinion. I think the hoppier (or rather more bitter) you get the less "good" the beers get, so if...
  3. ^^^^^^^THIS! And I think it would be a good idea...

    ^^^^^^^THIS!
    And I think it would be a good idea to add some German Melanoidin Malt, which is good at mimicking the processes of a decoction mash.

    (Though I much prefer Weyermann to Best [BSG],...
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    I'm glad it worked out for you. I hope the beer...

    I'm glad it worked out for you. I hope the beer is delicious!
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    Where is your brewery? I'd be interested in...

    Where is your brewery? I'd be interested in checking out your website.
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    I've never heard of anyone cleaning these...

    I've never heard of anyone cleaning these lines... I'd like feedback, as well.
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    You're not crazy. I've brewed my pumpkin ales for...

    You're not crazy. I've brewed my pumpkin ales for years with canned pumpkin (puree) directly in the mash. It works out fine. This should be a pretty similar situation, I think.

    A couple of notes...
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    How hops are you using? What's the rate? What is...

    How hops are you using? What's the rate? What is your hop schedule? etc etc etc...
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    What are your sock recommendations?

    What are your sock recommendations?
  10. Thread: Kettle sours

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    The only beer I've ever really gotten "tomato...

    The only beer I've ever really gotten "tomato soup" from (strongly) is Bayrischer Bahnhoff's Leipziger Gose. I've experienced it to a lesser extent in some other Gose beers, but the salt content in...
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    My yeast lives in a cooler in the basement next...

    My yeast lives in a cooler in the basement next to where I store my grain cart. When I go down to get it for grainout during the boil, I bring the yeast up with me. I leave the vessel in a big...
  12. Thread: Lemondrop

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    So for my 6BBL batch I ended up dry hopping with...

    So for my 6BBL batch I ended up dry hopping with 5lb of Lemondrop and a pound of Centennial (as insurance, for certain lemon-like aroma).

    I am quite pleased with the resulting beer. The aroma is...
  13. Thread: Soapy flavor

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    I agree with UnFermentable. Chlorine is bad. It...

    I agree with UnFermentable. Chlorine is bad. It will lead to the phenols you're indicating with band aid and plastic. Very undesirable. Why are you having your water delivered? Really bad location?...
  14. Thread: Lemondrop

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    Thank you for that. It totally makes sense. I...

    Thank you for that. It totally makes sense. I know that hot side you get a lot more out of the hops than just what you smell from the bag, but I always thought that if you added them at diacetyl rest...
  15. Thread: Lemondrop

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    **bump** I'm actually brewing with Lemondrop...

    **bump**

    I'm actually brewing with Lemondrop for the first time today, and am interested if people have some more experience with this hop since it is now not quiet so new.

    I am doing a Session...
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    Salt - but not for water treatment

    I am in the process of finishing up a rather weird beer... I like weird beer sometimes.
    This one is a Nori Pale Ale - brewed with sushi seaweed wrappers in both the mash and the kettle. I didn't...
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    Or maybe they have a better palate than you do......

    Or maybe they have a better palate than you do... who knows?
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    It goes nearly the full length of the glass, but...

    It goes nearly the full length of the glass, but it isn't as long as you think. I think 4" is about right. The stone, that is. The mount for the stone is longer to get it through the T and into the...
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    https://conical-fermenter.com/SPOX-Oxygenation-Aer...

    https://conical-fermenter.com/SPOX-Oxygenation-Aeration-Assembly.html

    This is more or less what I use. You can obviously buy these pieces separately for a lower price, but this is a good place to...
  20. Thread: Mash Hopping?

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    From my Brewpub experience - i.e. not speaking...

    From my Brewpub experience - i.e. not speaking about huge volume batches or with a whole lot in the way of a brewing chemistry background, more of an artisan one - I think it does add to beer in...
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    Have you racked off the yeast/blown it out? If...

    Have you racked off the yeast/blown it out? If you're in a conical with the yeast still in, and are using the very bottom port, you're rousing the yeast and cold break back into the beer, and that is...
  22. Thread: Brewtan B

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    That's hard to say... my IPA goes quite quickly...

    That's hard to say... my IPA goes quite quickly as do my Pale Ale and most of my hoppy specials. My only 'evidence' would probably come from my DIPA, which I've brewed both before and after the...
  23. Thread: 13.3% aa

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    ... the Darkest Timeline. Timeline 13.3.

    ... the Darkest Timeline. Timeline 13.3.
  24. Thread: Vorlauf

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    Don't you just connect your grant to your sparge...

    Don't you just connect your grant to your sparge arm, allow the wort to clear, and then connect it to the boil kettle? Are you looking at somehow filtering your wort from the grant before you put it...
  25. Thread: 13.3% aa

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    13.3% aa

    OK folks, I don't know if this is some crazy coincidence, or a Baader-Meinhof situation of some kind, but I'm seeing 13.3% Alpha Acids for so many of my hops it has me confounded to the point I have...
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