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Brewing for about 8 years, all-grain for 6 or 7.


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answered Brewed beer turnaround time
Jun
22
answered What is this white stuff on the surface of my beer?
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30
comment Bottling homebrew late
I often bottle after four weeks or more, although I almost always rack it off the trub after a few days (around 3 to 7). It's still technically primary fermentation at that stage anyway. Since beer tends to take a month of maturation before it's starting to reach peak condition, I think it makes sense to bottle when it's actually ready to drink. Then you just wait for the priming to happen - about a week - and it's ready to drink.
Nov
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12
comment Is There A Way To Get Root Beer Taste/Smell Out Of Kegging Equipment?
Can you detect whether the smell is in the plastic tubing? I would first try flushing the equipment with lots and lots of water. Beer line cleaner or bleach might work too, but water is cheap and should do a reasonable job. Keep flushing it through until the water doesn't taste or smell of ginger...
Nov
12
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Nov
12
comment What is the minimum amount of equipment to dabble in All-Grain?
Good idea, it's quite possible that after you've sat through a five hour brewday you might change your mind :)
Nov
10
answered What kind of paper should I use for bottle labels?
Nov
10
comment How do I do a decoction mash?
You are advised (e.g. in Palmer's How To Brew and others) to take the thickest portion mash possible. I.e. less liquid, more grain. As for tannins and whether decoction is necessary -- the flavour difference from boiling up the grains is definitely noticeable if you do it right. You are adding malty, caramel flavours. Nice, worth the effort for an Alt or something like it :)
Nov
10
answered How to add coffee/chicory to beer?
Nov
10
comment What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?
Not necessary. If you must keep your beer cool in hot weather, place the fermenter in a bucket of water, and place 2 litre bottles of frozen water in to keep the temperature down. Obviously you need a few of these ice packs in rotation through the freezer and the cold water bath... However, if you're making Lager styles, and/or live in a really hot place (Florida?!) rather than the nice cool temperate United Kingdom, Simon may have a point.
Nov
10
answered Is There A Way To Get Root Beer Taste/Smell Out Of Kegging Equipment?
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10
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Nov
10
answered Consequences of infection in a beer?
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10
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