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Jun
10
asked Why does the temperature of bottle conditioning determine the amount of priming sugar?
Jun
10
answered Measuring yeast activity by collecting CO2
Jun
3
comment What's the difference between casking and kegging?
Agreed. You've got to get the timing correct to do what you did, and often serving temperatures are not condusive to appropritate yeast activity. The cask beer process is a lot like bottling (including priming and letting the yeast go to town in the sealed vessel). But a true cask is only good for three days max after tapping because it gets stale (air comes in through the vent).
Jun
3
answered Using unknown loose hops
Jun
3
comment What amount of taste customization can I do with pre-prepared wort (from a kit)?
Since the OP asked about bittering, this appears to be the only way to do it. Not that dry hopping wouldn't make the kit better, but just not more bitter.
Jun
3
comment Can an under-target and under-volume wort be fixed by adding more wort of higher gravity?
Agreed on all points. Additionally, Galapagos Jim, besides fixing up your process to get your volumes right, you might consider just having some DME on standby, which you can add "on the fly" during the boil, based on a gravity reading. Before brewing, it's nice to document your target pre-boil and target post-boil gravities. This way, if you're 'light', you can add DME. Alternatively, if you have no DME, you can go for a harder boil (you suffer a lower volume, but hit your gravity).
Jun
3
comment Lagering in plastic carboy vs glass
Or in a pinch, get an 'even better bottle' at the grocery store that includes some clean tasting Primo Water to brew with, hehe.
Jun
3
comment What burner would be appropriate for a 1BBL brew system?
Just to be clear, I'm not saying you should BUY Blichmann products, just that they would be a good start in analyzing large volume brewing. I saw some stainless steel 55 gallon drums on Craig's list. That's where I'd start.
Jun
3
comment What burner would be appropriate for a 1BBL brew system?
Jason, You might check your math or assumptions on the volume of the boil kettle. To get 31 gallons in the keg at the end, you'll need somewhere near 42 gallons in the BK. Evaporation might take 5 gallons, shrinkage (4%) and trub take 3 gallons, fermenter and transfer losses might take 3 gallons. Even if my numbers are off by 50%, that still would mean 37 gallon boil.
May
31
answered What burner would be appropriate for a 1BBL brew system?
May
31
comment What will be the effect of allowing fermentation temperature to drop on a nearly finished fermentation?
Any theory to back-up the idea? This beer is supposed to take 2 months instead of 1 to finish. Will the yeast 'clean-up' as effectively at a lower temperature?
May
27
comment What will be the effect of allowing fermentation temperature to drop on a nearly finished fermentation?
Denny, There's a link in the question to the recipe.
May
27
asked What will be the effect of allowing fermentation temperature to drop on a nearly finished fermentation?
May
27
comment Priming a Tap-A-Draft system
Considering "Do you not need to boil the priming sugar w/ water first?" I have done it both ways and have not noticed a difference. The reason most bottlers use a bottling bucket is that it would be a pain to measure 2.5 grams into 48 bottles.
May
27
comment Priming a Tap-A-Draft system
A new 6L bottle is actually stronger (more burst resistant) than a typical non-returnable glass bottle you may otherwise use for bottling. Although I haven't tested this personally, they are supposed to be more in line with champaign bottles (or better). But before the bottle would fail, you probably would get a cap failure. That's why you may consider putting a baloon over the cap/neck when you're fermenting to make sure you don't end-up with less CO2 than you bargained for. I find the polyseal caps work better than the ones that come with the TAD kit.
May
27
answered Priming a Tap-A-Draft system
May
27
answered How can I restart fermentation on a stuck strong dark belgian ale?
Apr
26
comment Any need to stop yeast before kegging?
anybody who worries about a keg exploding from residual fermentation isn't drinking often enough!
Apr
23
comment Benefits and drawbacks to different tubing types?
I agree, and I'd get the thicker-walled tubing. When I shopped for mine, the thicker wall didn't cost much more.
Apr
20
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