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Engineer by degree, but I code for a living. Recently switched to using a tablet for leisure internet, like this site, but the on-screen keyboard is horrible, so please forgive my missing letters and things!


Sep
29
comment What is the overall volume of a Corny keg?
In order to answer this, someone could weigh an empty Corny keg, weigh it again with, say, exactly five gallons of water, and weigh it again with the keg full to the brim.
Sep
29
comment Why is less bottling sugar required when naturally carbonating in a keg versus bottles?
By weighing net contents of a "full to the brim" 12 oz bottle (381g) vs a normal fill on a 12 oz bottle (358g), I got 6% headspace. Doing some rough calculations on corny kegs, I got 5% headspace.
Sep
25
comment Why is less bottling sugar required when naturally carbonating in a keg versus bottles?
The headspace idea seems to conflict with this entry: homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/10595/…
Sep
13
comment How to adjust alcohol content of a beer?
WLP099 may be considered for super high ABV beers...it restarted fermentation on a beer I made and finished at 14% ABV.
Sep
13
comment How is ABV calculated if distilled spirits are added to beer?
Not part of the original question, but perhaps a comment on how a hydrometer reading would work or not work after addition of spirits would be helpful. Or maybe that would be a separate question.
Sep
8
comment How is ABV calculated if distilled spirits are added to beer?
Added "US" to question.
Jul
28
comment Should I clean plastic fermenters wth PBW
My experience with plastic water bottles (that probably are PET) is that very hot water and OxiClean over night will sometimes cause a crack to form, making the bottle useless.
Jul
28
comment Should I clean plastic fermenters wth PBW
Although this research does not mention sodium percarbonate directly, it does say "limited resistance to hot water andwashing soda (sodium carbonate)." scribd.com/doc/104244759/…
Jul
22
comment How do I legally sell my home brew in the UK?
Based on existing questions that have not been disallowed, I'd say this one should be allowed too. It's a question that would come-up for many new homebrewers that might simply be looking for a way to offset the equipment costs and when they realize what a hassle it would be, they quickly move on.
Mar
28
comment Does Dry Hopping create a white film with bubbles?
I would agree with Denny for the most part, but one may wish to question the provenance of the hops used; current year vacuum sealed pellets, fine, two year old flower hops in a ziplock from a buddies skanky freezer, eh, not so certain.
Mar
28
comment Safely adding enzymes (e.g. Beano) to lower final gravity
I would try WLP099 before going the enzyme route. I had a beer go from 1.110 to 1.042 on WLP-004. I tried CBC-1, which did nothing. I pitched WLP-099 and it went to 1.008 (13.5% ABV barley wine).
Mar
28
comment Economics behind homebrewing?
I did a similar calculation, so I hope this act was not too 'sad'. Curious people are the most awesome. Mine didn't get too detailed...just total expense after 2 years brewing on my own equipment (inexpensive all grain equipment plus ingredients, obviously no labor charges, hehe). I converted my total production volume into the number of 22 oz 'bomber bottles' that would have made. It came out to about 75% of what I would have paid at the store. I'm sure it's better than that now (more time to amortize the equipment and a 'free' bag of grain).
Mar
28
comment Permanent marking of volume in aluminium pot
Before you get too far, you need to decide if your etching will match cold volumes or hot volumes. If room temp to boiling temp is 4%, then by the time you put 9 gallons in there, you're looking at the difference between 9 and 9.36.
Dec
30
comment Is this a sign of improper carbonation or improper bottling?
Let us know how it goes. I could be wildly off track!
Dec
28
comment Any drawbacks in forgoing a secondary?
homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/7229/…
Dec
28
comment How is the Heineken Draughtkeg made?
It looks like the innovative part is that the CO2 cartridge is inside, with the beer, instead of outside, with the tap (like MillerLite Home Draft / Tap-A-Draft). Apparently this has been around for over five years and I've never heard of it, hehe.
Dec
28
comment How long can I expect cider to keep fermenting?
If you use some kind of pipette for taking a refractometer sample, and you sanitize first in boiling water or no-rinse sanitizer, you'd be best advised to suck up a little bit of cider, throw that out, suck up another sample, and drip that on your refractometer. Otherwise you can dilute your sample with the tiny bit of water/sanitizer on the pipette; when your sample is tiny, even a very small amount of 'water' will screw up your reading.
Dec
28
comment What's a good small-batch fermentation vessel?
If Primo is allowed to sell water in that plastic, then I'd say its fine for any human consumable liquid! Primo wants the bottles back, so they wouldn't be motivated to make it easy to recycle them. They also say use for water only, but I think you could get away with Kool-Aid or Iced Tea.
Sep
16
comment What is the right amount of priming sugar for a bottle with expandable head space?
This is just an awesome answer! Great explanation.
Aug
12
comment Does Thomas Hardy use a separate bottling yeast strain?
My crazy starter did quite well...krausen filled 2 gallons of head space and blew off a few cups before I got some fermcap-s on it!