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Jul
30
comment Bad (dead) yeast? What now?
This is a good answer, but it should also be added that there's a huge difference in the amount of cells in liquid yeasts vs dry. If you want to see the yeast getting started more quickly and don't want to use a starter, you should use dry yeast. It has 2-4 times the amount of cells as liquid. For the price of one liquid you can buy 2 dry yeast packets, which would give you a ton to start with. Unless you want the flavor of a specialty strain, most ales turn out great with the standard American or English dry yeast.
Jul
19
revised How to Dry Hop when Forgoing Secondary Fermentation?
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Jul
19
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Jul
18
comment How to Dry Hop when Forgoing Secondary Fermentation?
Oh you didn't mention the leaky lid. Get a new lid!! They are very inexpensive and the amount of time you are putting into your brewing plus cost of ingredients clearly justifies this cost. If the lid doesn't fit, get a new fermenter! Open air fermentation is a completely different thing, you're talking about wild yeasts getting in there. I would not consider your krausen an effective barrier against oxidization or infection. Get a good lid, good airlock etc. These are extremely important considerations for brewing good beer.
Jul
18
answered Faster carbonation by injecting CO2 into the Draw line
Jul
18
answered How to Dry Hop when Forgoing Secondary Fermentation?
Jul
12
comment 2 Temperature Control Questions - difference in ambient temp; moisture control in chest freezer
Yea, that's why I have two, one for the fridge and one for starters :)
Jul
10
comment Improving Your Brewing Significantly
Vorlauf improves your efficiency (maybe) but not necessarily the quality of your beer. BIAB requires no vorlauf (and no sparge) and can result in excellent beer. And if you have a enough water and a fine crush you can easily get efficiency over 75%.
Jul
10
answered 2 Temperature Control Questions - difference in ambient temp; moisture control in chest freezer
Jul
10
comment Fridge recommendations for fermenting
I recommend putting a computer fan inside the chest freezer, it really helps avoid condensation build up in my keezer.
Jul
10
answered Fridge recommendations for fermenting
Jul
10
comment I have a keg, now what?
+1 on this article from Zymurgy. It's great and I refer to it often. The illustrations by Randy Mosher are nice too.
Jun
17
comment Too much sweetness and banana like aroma/taste
A fellow brewer did an experiment with another yeast, varying multiple batches with the same yeast by a few temperatures and found very noticeable differences in the aromas produced. So I think temperature is the answer, although it could be too warm or too cool - you'd have to experiment to find out.
Jun
17
comment For a Swamp Cooler, what alternatives are there to Bleach, Vodka, and Star San?
Good sanitization habits are important, but using anything besides water in a swamp cooler is going overboard.
May
6
comment How to make more beer than I can boil?
There's another good article about the in May/June 2013 edition of Zymurgy "Malt Extract: Late Addition Brewing" by Amahl Turczyn Sheppach. Light colored beers can benefit from adding 50% or more of the extract when there's 15 minutes left in the boil. You can get lighter beer, with shorter time for Maillard reactions, and better hop utilization, due to lower wort density. (Note Zymurgy is not free, you need to be an AHA member to read: homebrewersassociation.org/pages/zymurgy/current-issue)
May
6
comment Why an erlynmeyer flask?
It's a good question, but very easy to answer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erlenmeyer_flask
May
6
comment Why an erlynmeyer flask?
No. The main reason you use an Erlenmeyer flask over other lab glassware is it's shape, not the material - easy to stop, easy to swirl, stable so it won't tip and spill. You can get all kinds of lab glassware made from borosilicate glass. This type of glass is resistant to thermal shock, so you can rapidly heat and cool it. Pyrex is just a brand, and they make a lot of glass that is not borosilicate.
May
3
answered lemon flavor after kegging
May
3
comment Aggressive foam from Keg
Woops, there are release valves on sanke couplers.
May
3
comment Aggressive foam from Keg
@TobiasPatton good call, forgot to mention that. I updated the answer to include it so that this can be accepted (hopefully).