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PhD student and part-time developer. Member of the New York City Homebrewers Guild. My favorite styles are American ales.


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).
May
3
revised Aggressive foam from Keg
Edited to include suggestion from Tobias Patton in comments.
May
2
answered Is There A Way To Get Root Beer Taste/Smell Out Of Kegging Equipment?
May
2
comment Aggressive foam from Keg
He's talking about commercial/sankes. I don't think you can "bleed" a sanke without pouring beer out. That said, this question is probably off-topic because it's not about homebrew kegs.
May
2
comment Aggressive foam from Keg
This is a useful link, but he doesn't know the "pressure in the keg in PSI" because it's a commercial sanke, not a corny that he carbonated himself.
May
2
revised Aggressive foam from Keg
deleted 2 characters in body
May
2
comment How to prime with maple syrup?
It's risky because of this fermentability issue. You should round up or you run the risk of the bottles exploding. But this could lead to undercarbonation. Seems like it would be nice to be able to use it, but it's ultimately impractical because of the risks, none of which exist for priming sugar (bad idea). I would save it and use it in a brew.
May
2
answered Aggressive foam from Keg
Mar
28
comment About going BIAB
Sorry, I still think this is a bad answer. The question does not specify a style - yours does - but you're not answering your question, so your answer to this question should not be within the boundaries of your earlier question. This question asks how big of a pot you need and you do not need a 10 gallon pot to brew a 5 gallon batch of beer. I've brewed great, all grain BIAB beer in a 6 gallon pot - and I only boiled about 3.5 gallons and added water later, so I really only needed a 5 gallon pot!