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    How Long Will Hop Pellets Keep

    Just wonder roughly how long will hop pellets keep? Should you keep them in the fridge? Can they be frozen to extend their life?
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    Velvet Recipe

    Hello again fellow brewers. Sorry I haven't been around for a while, I fell off the HB wagon for a while there, but I'm well and truely back in the game now. Anyway, I've had a request from a mate to replicate a Czech beer called Velvet. Never had it myself. Has anyone got a Velvet clone...
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    World's Strongest Beer

    German brews world's strongest beer BERLIN, Sept 9 (Reuters) - A German brewer has concocted what he says is the world's strongest beer, a potent drink with an alcohol content of 25.4 percent that is served in a shot glass. "Everyone who has tried it is enthusiastic. It tastes like a...
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    Something Stupid

    Is it disturbing I find this funny?
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    Volvos Drivers

    So.................Your wife decides to go out with her friends drinking and dancing. You're okay with it, because you get to watch sports all night. You hear her stumble into bed around 4am. You wake up next morning and go outside to the family Volvo, which she used last night. You are happy...
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    Pellets Or Whole Hops?

    I picked up Randy Mosher's "Radical Brewing" last night, very good book IMHO for those who haven't read it. In his intro to hops Randy states pretty clearly that the home brewer should try to use whole hops and not pellets. One of his main reasons for this is it is too hard to filter out the...
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    Christmas Ale

    Has anyone tried Red Oaks "Christmas Cheer" ? An ale that tastes like christmas pudding... yummm. I want to try and so something similar for next christmas. I was thinking about using a pretty standard pale ale grain bill and use the guts of a christmas pudding recipe I grabed off the net as...
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    I've Only Got One Fridge :(

    ok I've got a pilsner in the keg conditioning at 1 c, it been there for one week. I want to brew a larger today but I only have the one fridge :( . So if i go ahead and brew today I'll need to bring the temp of the fridge up to ferment at 10 / 12 c. Can someone advise what effect raising the...
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    Pilsner Steady At 1025

    Gent's I'm a little concerned about a Pilsner I have fermenting now. OG: 1045 Pitched WLP 800 @ 10 c on 30/05 In the last 2.5 weeks it has dropped to 1025 and seems to have steadied there of the last couple of days. I would have thought it would be closer to 1015 by now.? Can a larger expert...
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    Slowly Chilling Wort

    Can someone advise if there is any advantage in chilling your wort quickly other than being able to pitch your yeast straight away to reduce the chance of infection? I don't have a chiller yet but I do have a fermenting fridge. My current practise... After boil, drop the hot wort into my...
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    Took The Mrs Shopping

    Who says I'm not a nice guy. I selflessly took the Mrs out shopping the other day...
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    Low Temp Mash

    Gents, I under calulated my strike temperature on my last brew. It was also a hefty grain bill so I really didn't have too much room in the mash tun to add hot water to bring the temp up. I was left with a mash at around 62 deg and that was after adding hot water. So my question is... what...
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    Continuous Hop Additions

    This is probably a really stupid question but has anyone experimented with continuous hop additions? Something like 1g every minute from 60 mins to flame out or maybe 30g bittering at 60 and 1g every minute from 30 mins to flame out? I'm curous what affect this would have. Thoughts?
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    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

    Hi gents. I'm wanting to try a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone. Their web site is very handy. They actually give you a really good starting point to replicate their beers. See it here. It states: AC: 5.6% OG: 13 Plato FG: 2.8 Plato IBU: 37 Bittering Hops: Magnum & Perle Finishing Hops: Cascade...
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    Froze A Keg

    Damn it... I froze a keg over the weekend :angry: Can the beer be salvaged? If I thaw it out and re-carbonate will it be drinkable? I'm not too concerned if I have to chuck it. I tried a glass before it frozen and it had a sort of paint taste to it :( . Hard to explain. Silky smooth mouth...
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    Sydney Cbd Pub Suggestions

    I meet with a few mates for a boys night out once a month. We are running out of quality options. So far we've covered... Lord Nelson Lowenbrau Australian Red Oak Belgium Beer Cafe Malt Shovel Has anyone got any suggestions for a decent watering hole around the Sydney CBD area? something with...
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    Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

    How happy am I. I just got a call from a mate who has picked me up a working chest freezer which his mate was going to throw out :) . I've been trying to get a cheap one for about 12 months now. Happy Days.
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    What Did You Enjoy Over The New Year?

    I didn't have a huge one, but did manage to enjoy a number of fine beverages on new year's eve... Leffe Blond Leffe Tripple Old Speckled Hen Mt Goat Pale Ale Mt Goat Hightail Ale and believe it or not a can of KB on the stroke of mid night (for the New South Welshmen - we were having a Reg...
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    Ag Pale Ale Recipes

    Ok all you AG'ers out there. I'm looking for the greatest ever pale ale. What's your favourite recipe? Any aware winners out there willing to share their secrets?
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    My first stout story... About 12 months back I brewed a chocolate stout, my first attempt at a dark beer. I followed the same procedure as I have with previous brews, which had all turned out pretty good. I was really looking forward to tasting my first black brew. About 1 month after bottling...