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Oct
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comment Can I drink this ? Hard cider rack leftovers
Or cook with it.
Sep
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awarded  Explainer
Sep
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comment How can I filter out excess cream (trub) before bottling?
Is the "cream" floating on the top of beer? On the bottom? Throughout? I suspect it's just krausen, but it's hard to know for sure without a more complete description. If it krausen, just wait a week or two more and it'll drop the bottom.
Sep
22
comment Cleaning stainless steel
You can get a mirror finish on stainless steel with sand paper. Use wet/dry paper, and lubricate with water. You'd have to start with a coarse grit (60? 100? Depends on what size holes the sand-blasting made), and move to progressively finer grits, 200, 400, 800, etc. ending around 2000 grit. If you stop at 400 or 800, you'll get a satin finish instead. It's a lot of work. You could probably use a power tool of some sort for the outside of the pot, but I can't imagine how to do this for the inside.
Sep
20
answered Stout has acetaminophen (tylenol) aftertaste
Sep
15
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
13
answered Ethanol / Metanol : Prison Hooch
Sep
13
comment green apple esters recipes
Carbonade (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonade_flamande) is a very tasty beef stew cooked in beer.
Sep
13
comment Mash & Sparge Calculation
10% per hour is just a rough guideline. The actual rate is dependent on many things, such as the shape of your kettle and the vigour of the boil. You'll want to characterize your setup by measuring the volume pre- and post-boil. Once you know the boil-off rate for your equipment, use that number next time. (I'm suspicious that % per hour is the wrong way to measure evaporation. It suggests that a smaller volume evaporates less than a larger one, which can't be right. Gallons per hour makes more sense, but all the calculators use % per hour...)
Sep
12
comment Mash & Sparge Calculation
13.5 gallons is far too low. Just based on evaporation of 10%/hour you need more like 14 gallons. But don't forget that you're going to lose some volume from trub and from equipment losses. Why not trust the online calculators?
Sep
11
revised 'Auto-transfer' to secondary corny keg fermentors?
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Sep
11
comment 'Auto-transfer' to secondary corny keg fermentors?
If you vent the second keg by opening the "gas in" valve, then connect the two "out" valves, beer should flow from the fermenter into the second keg. But it will still be fermenting and full of suspended yeast, so moving it would be mostly pointless.
Sep
11
answered 'Auto-transfer' to secondary corny keg fermentors?
Sep
11
comment 'Auto-transfer' to secondary corny keg fermentors?
Please don't ferment in a sealed keg. The pressure produced from fermentation will exceed the tolerance of the keg. The safety valve will open, and you'll have a big mess to clean up.
Sep
9
comment Why does WLP002 sometimes attenuate more?
I've never brewed with that yeast, so I can only speculate. That strain flocculates well. It could be that when bottling, you put a small amount of yeast back into suspension -- just enough to kick off fermentation again. If this is what's happening, you could rouse the yeast in the fermenter when activity has apparently stopped. This should have the same effect as what I'm suspecting happens in the bottle.
Sep
9
accepted Is leaking CO2 a health concern?
Sep
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answered Lautering: Filter first runnings using a strainer
Sep
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asked Is leaking CO2 a health concern?
Sep
8
comment I just had my Big Mouth Bubbler carboy shatter, now I'm terrified
Wow. Those reviews on Amazon are pretty damning. I hope NB takes this seriously and withdraws the product.
Sep
8
answered Component of roasted malt that lowers pH