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Mar
15
comment Apricot ale alternative?
Another apricot option would be to buy apricot juice. I've never tried it, but I've talked to a number of home brewers who prefer using juice to whole fruit.
Mar
14
comment Dealing with hot and cold breaks
What does FWH do for you? I've heard people doing it to avoid boil overs. I tried it once and still had a boil over, so I stopped. I'm just curious if there is another benefit/effect.
Mar
13
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Mar
13
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Mar
13
comment Dealing with hot and cold breaks
Ok. That makes sense. Whenever I hear someone using a whirlpool I immediately think they must be using a conical fermenter where they can then just dump the trub.
Mar
13
comment Dealing with hot and cold breaks
maybe this should be a separate question, but how do you whirlpool in a plain ten gallon pot?
Mar
13
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13
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Feb
1
comment Nothing visible happening in fermenter after three and a half days - what should I do?
Has the scum clogged your airlock? This has happened to me once before which caused the lid of my fermentation bucket to bulge. Also, check if that bulging has pushed open the lid to your fermentation bucket.
Jan
30
answered Extract brew, sanitizing hop strainer and tap? First brew day!
Jan
24
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Jan
24
comment Do I truly need a wort chiller?
Typically you don't need to do any extra work to sanitize an immersion chiller or a plate chiller. I throw my immersion chiller into my boil about 20 minutes before flame out which will sanitize it. For a plate chiller I think most people just run the wort through a couple times while it's still boiling. Sure you need to clean it off afterwards, but that's usually just a quick rinse.
Jan
24
comment Do I truly need a wort chiller?
+1 for recommending just going with a plate chiller and pump. I've been using an IC for the last year and wish I had just gone with the prior from the start.
Jan
18
comment OG higher w/ full vs. partial boil?
How much wort did you collect at the end of your full boil? Did you add any water to bring it up to 5 gallons?
Jan
13
comment How to strain wort before primary fermentation
This is what I use as well. It can get clogged, but just keep a sanitized plastic spoon on you and slowly scrape some of the used hops to the side.
Jan
13
comment Best beer to brew that will last a long time
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Jan
13
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Jan
13
comment Best beer to brew that will last a long time
I'm not debating the fact that hops are a natural preservative to beer. I'm more wondering if, or at what point do you have diminishing returns? The thinking of my original comment was more towards the skunking of the beer. Since skunking is caused by light breaking down the alpha acids, I would be nervous about adding a lot of alpha acids to a beer that is going to be aged.
Jan
12
comment Why do all my beers taste better after having aged for a couple months?
I would think bad sanitation would show itself much earlier in the brew process. After primary fermentation I would think an infection is way less likely to occur since nearly all of the fermentable sugar is gone.
Jan
12
answered Best beer to brew that will last a long time