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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!


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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!
Jul
29
comment How low can a beer's final gravity be?
Since the attenuation has already happened, there's probably no hurry to drink it. In fact, I had an unintensional brett contamination once that was horrible 'cherry pie' flavor. I left it for a month in the garage (up to 80F), then figure I'd get rid of it at the drunken end of a party. But it 'cleaned itself' and actually tasted good! I took it home with me!
Jul
29
comment Oxyclean safe inside the bottle
I'd be more worried about the label glue getting deposited inside the bottle (dissolved into solution, then deposited on a bottle's interior). So even though it's a pain, I keep the bottles upright.
Jul
29
comment Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?
For the ones that don't come off easily with Oxi Clean, I throw them out and make a dumpster dive run to the local craft beer bar on the morning after a beer with easily removable labels was on special!
Jul
29
comment How to oxidize my beer during transfer
I taste oxidized beers all of the time at the various homebrew clubs I attend. Those brewers know what not to do, but they still end up with stale beer, so I'd say you can be careful, and still get oxidation.
Jul
29
comment Does Thomas Hardy use a separate bottling yeast strain?
Yep, the plan is exactly as you have outlined... crazy starter is on the stir plate as we speak, and the healthy slug of WPL099 is planned. BTW, the only reason I'm doing this massive beer is that I won a 55 lb bag of marris otter!
Jul
29
comment Does Thomas Hardy use a separate bottling yeast strain?
The idea was to use the WPL-099 after a few weeks, after the original yeast gave out. Presumably that yeast would take over and carb up the bottles. Yeah, I'd not just throw it in at bottling time...that would be a disaster!
Jun
21
comment Sanitization practices when dry hopping in a muslin bag
UPDATE: I have updated my process to use the boiling technique. I've got a little electric teapot where I put the bag, weights, and floss. I also have added rubber gloves to the process. I pour off the water after boiling and after a few minutes I can handle things with gloves, even though still hot.
Mar
14
comment Where are MillerCoors Light Home Draft units available?
The finder app is wrong (says they are in Charlotte, NC), but I know on my next trip though Jacksonville, I will be stopping to get some.