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Software Architect @Quest. Azure Tools @Microsoft, cofounder of Google Gears @Google, Delphi compiler architect @Borland. Hobby farmer. Ceramicist. Garage alchemist.

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Nov
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Jul
22
comment Consequences of infection in a beer?
Use litmus paper to test acidity, and dilute with water if it's too high. Storebought vinegar is normalized to 5% acidity. I don't know what that is in pH, but it's simple enough to litmus test storebought vinegar and compare to your brew results. Also note that vinegar acidity strength is directly linked to the original alcohol content of the brew. Below 10% ABV won't produce burn-your-face-off vinegar. Brandy definitely will.
Jul
18
comment Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?
Agreed, it's overkill. But it does work! Also, running a kiln is not cost prohibitive. At $0.11 / KWH cost of electricity, a small (27x14 inch interior) 14KW electric kiln costs about $1.54 per hour to fire.
Jul
17
awarded  Commentator
Jul
17
revised Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?
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Jul
17
comment Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?
Careful there. "Organic" does not mean safe or harmless. Hemlock is all-natural, and can be labeled USDA organic if no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers were used in its production. Any acid in sufficient concentration can be lethal or burn your face off - including citric acid and acetic acid (vinegar). Citrus oil is available in many household cleaners nowadays, but it's also available in concentrated form for use as a low-VOC paint stripper. It takes skin and hair right off as easily as old paint.
Jul
17
comment Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?
I've used hot-soak removable labels sold under the "4th and Vine" brand. For water to remove the label, the water has to be HOT and soapy. Cold water has no effect on the adhesive (the "ice bucket test"). I bought a pack of these labels at our local brewer supply, Seven Bridges Cooperative in Santa Cruz: breworganic.com/peelandstickprinterlabels48ct.aspx. Here's more info: midwestsupplies.com/wine-label-removing.html
Nov
9
awarded  Yearling
Jun
8
comment How likely is contamination in an average batch?
Props to danafr4: Don't get all OCD about it. Remember that people have been brewing beer and other things for thousands of years, long before sanitizers. Sanitization now is more about ensuring consistency and repeatability. Some of the modern lab-developed yeast strains are rather delicate flowers that might not fare well if there is already a stronger wild yeast in residence. As for toxicity, you'd have to do something really nasty (and stupid) to make a brew that is actually toxic. Sanitation is about avoiding the emotional loss of throwing out an unpalatable brew. :P
Jun
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
9
awarded  Yearling
Dec
4
awarded  Editor
Dec
4
revised Adding Pectin Enzyme To Cider After Fermentation Is Complete?
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Dec
4
revised Dry Irish Stout Tastes very much like grain
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Dec
4
revised How to clean yeast
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Dec
4
comment Distillation legality
I'd still advise caution in this area. Keep in mind that you're talking about the same TTB (and ATF) that recently started cracking down on restaurants and bars that made their own infusions using store bought liquor. The feds said the infusion process can reduce the water content of the solution / raise the alcohol concentration, so technically it fell under TTB taxation and they would shut down any venue making such infusions without a TTB (distillation) license. It made no sense at all, since the liquor ingredients had already been taxed.
Dec
4
revised Can I sell my Homebrew in the UK
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Dec
4
comment Is 55% ABV “beer” actually beer?
Apparently the only thing you can do with beer that will make it not beer is drink it. ;>
Dec
3
answered Distillation legality
Dec
3
comment Distillation legality
Be careful with that. The US regs don't exclude freeze distillation. Any means used to increase the concentration of alcohol is subject to taxation.