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    I've got a whit in the carboy right now, but no...

    I've got a whit in the carboy right now, but no citra: I stuck to bitter orange and mandarin peel to get the tang.

    That amber was a collaboration, so I didn't keep the full batch. I'm thinking...
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    It is the same yeast. I'm still baffled by it,...

    It is the same yeast. I'm still baffled by it, but they're both in bottles now.

    The one on the left is actually drinkable at this point, but it's a little too bitter for its weight. The one on...
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    Here I am, reporting on the amber. We bottled it...

    Here I am, reporting on the amber. We bottled it December 25, we opened a bottle yesterday. So that's almost exactly a month since bottling.

    The amber was a beautiful color and very clear, so...
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    I bottled the beer on the left today: I'm calling...

    I bottled the beer on the left today: I'm calling it "Tragic Toupee". I generally let beers sit on the yeast for a month, but I was getting sick of looking at it.

    It actually tasted pretty good...
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    As I recall, the beer on the left started at...

    As I recall, the beer on the left started at 1.039, the other at 1.055. I didn't even think about gravity, thanks for the tip!
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    Yeast Toupee: too much Irish Moss?

    For the consideration of my fellow brewers…

    The beer on the left was brewed January 1, 2015. The beer on the right was brewed January 3, 2015. The one on the left has what I'm calling a "yeast...
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    I remember Michael Jackson's book claimed Chimay...

    I remember Michael Jackson's book claimed Chimay had a shelf life of 15+ years. I never tested that claim, although I found from experimentation that the Chimay Grande Reserve tastes amazing if you...
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    I shall certainly report on the amber when I can....

    I shall certainly report on the amber when I can.

    I've never made a scotch ale, but I'm made several attempts at an Irish Red. I've probably made more batches of IRA than anything else. But I,...
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    Bottling from the keg would almost certainly...

    Bottling from the keg would almost certainly solve the problem. There are several reasons I don't keg, but that might be a compelling reason to change.

    I didn't mean to start a "bottling vs....
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    That sounds like something I should try. I...

    That sounds like something I should try.

    I like the idea of pouring wort into ice water to cool it. I use a bog-standard immersion chiller and stir as it cools. It cools pretty quickly, but I...
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    The stout tasted really good when I bottled it. I...

    The stout tasted really good when I bottled it. I haven't looked in on the amber yet, it's been on the yeast three weeks now.

    I made the stout brew-in-a-bag, the amber is a double decoction.
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    Rethinking the secondary fermenter

    I've been brewing for almost four years. Very soon after I started I adopted the "primary only" philosophy: my typical fermentation strategy is to put wort into a fermenter, pitch the yeast, and...
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    Recent beers

    It's been pretty quiet around here for several months, I'm hoping that's because people are too busy brewing to post on a forum about brewing.

    I've been brewing a lot less over the last year, but...
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    I just looked at the dates on my earlier posts:...

    I just looked at the dates on my earlier posts: apparently it was in the carboy closer to four weeks. I should probably check my brewing notes before posting.
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    Thanks, guys! I opened the first one yesterday...

    Thanks, guys! I opened the first one yesterday (in the bottle two weeks), and it tasted fine. In fact, it was good enough I brought in some more from the garage and put them in the fridge to chill....
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    I decided to go ahead and bottle the beer. Of...

    I decided to go ahead and bottle the beer. Of course I smashed my hydrometer before I took a gravity measurement, so I have no idea what was going on in there. The final beer wasn't sweet, and it...
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    Stuck fermentation?

    I've got a pale ale sitting in a carboy. It's acting differently than any other beer I've made, and I'm curious to know if anyone else has seen this.

    First, there is sediment formed on the sides...
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    I almost always mash below 150ºF. I've been...

    I almost always mash below 150ºF. I've been getting really low OG readings, and I've been wondering if it's the lower temperature mashes. Intuitively it makes sense that a lower temperature means...
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    Those are both worth pondering. Thanks for the...

    Those are both worth pondering. Thanks for the tips!

    I can probably "fix" the thermometer easily enough by calibrating it in ice water and boiling water. That might be the first thing to check.
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    Mash temperature and efficiency

    I've been noticing my efficiencies are a lot lower over the last couple years. At first I thought it was my MLT: I had built one with a cooler and a toilet line, and I figured I just crushed the...
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