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Sep
21
comment Sanitizing with a spray bottle of StarSan
I'll second @GalapagosJim's statement that 1 gallon is plenty for a 5 gallon batch. I slosh it around in the fermenter and then pour it into a bowl to soak airlocks, hoses, etc.
Jul
9
comment Adding a spigot to a fermentation bucket what is a good height?
@uSlackr: That seems like a clever way to manage if the spigot is too low, but I'd still rather have it too high and then tilt when draining. Otherwise you need to find a way to prop it at an angle for the entire fermentation, and guess where the yeast cake will end up.
Jul
1
comment Adding a spigot to a fermentation bucket what is a good height?
Well I would say the range is probably 1/2" to 3", but it really depends on all the factors I list above. (I did a pumpkin beer last fall with a lot of pumpkin in the boil and probably had 6" of yeast + debris from a 5 gallon batch.) I would definitely do higher than 2". You can always tilt the bucket when you're getting to the bottom to get the last inch or two of beer. If you install a dip tube, you can rotate it up or down depending on the yeast cake size.
Jun
26
comment I have a keg, now what?
CO2 tanks are measured in lbs, not gallons. As you allude, the size of the tank does not matter other than how big it is / how long it will last between refills.
Jun
11
comment How big of a Noob am I? Or, What to Do when You spill a stir-bar in your 5-gallon bucket
I mean I use a second stir bar underneath the flask to hold the one inside. No extra hands required.
Jun
11
comment How big of a Noob am I? Or, What to Do when You spill a stir-bar in your 5-gallon bucket
I use another magnet to hold the stir bar in the flask as I pour.
Jun
10
comment “White wheat” vs “wheat malt” vs “flaked wheat”?
So from a diastatic perspective, it would be ok to substitute a malted wheat for flaked wheat, but maybe not the other way?
May
20
comment Can I use liquid nitrogen to cool my wort?
It never occurred to me to capture the hot water coming out of the chiller. This is a great idea for getting hot water for cleanup.
Oct
24
comment Online retailers for brown nipper bottles (187 mL)?
Good point. There must be a way though. Stone and Delirium paint their bottles.
Sep
29
comment How much light is too much light?
Interesting. I guess I should be more concerned about it. Maybe I should do a test with bottles left outside and see how many days it takes until there's a taste difference.
Sep
29
comment How does bottling in a half bottle effect taste
@baka: I sometimes steal a taste, but if I'm bottle conditioning then the beer is warm and flat—not the tastiest.
Sep
27
comment Should I worry about CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) skunking my beer?
This link is broken. Can you fix it or delete the answer?
Sep
26
comment How much light is too much light?
I assumed it would take many days or weeks under fluorescent bulbs or daylight to cause skunking. Do you think there's any risk at all for just a few hours? Especially when stored in bulk like a fermenter, where there is less surface area?
Sep
25
comment How to clean the CO2 line?
Starsan isn't soap and won't do a good job removing debris. (Plus, running starsan and then iodine seems redundant.) Although I agree with you about just replacing cheap parts like lines.
Sep
16
comment What are the possible consequences of putting dry yeast straight into the wort?
This would be interesting to learn more about. Do you have a link or issue number?
Sep
13
comment How quickly do i need to drink my beer?
I'm not sure I would say "beer will get better with age". It's likely to change a little bit with age. You point out that the hops bitterness and aroma fades over time. E.g. any aroma from dry hopping will probably be noticeably diminished in 6 months.
Sep
13
comment Should secondary fermentation be the same temperature that primary was?
+1. The distinction between "secondary fermentation" and "conditioning" is often misunderstood. Old homebrew books and many starter kits don't help the situation.
Sep
12
comment How can I tell there is mold in my bottles?
+1 for chucking difficult bottles. 12oz bottles are so easy to come by, it's not worth spending ages trying to remove a thick layer of junk.
Sep
12
comment Lead in primary fermentation
I agree, the worry is lead poisoning, not bacteria. I sort of doubt that the quantity and exposure time is enough to cause concern (as long as you rack off the yeast cake in a timely manner and ensure that no lead pellets end up in the final product), but I don't really have any basis for that assumption. You can buy home water quality kits that will measure lead concentration, if you're committed to saving the batch: amazon.com/WaterSafe-Water-Test-Kit-Lead/dp/B000Q6QWZA
Sep
5
comment handling shrinkage from crash cooling
@JasonV: No, I've never had the dip tube clog. I generally do longish primaries (2 or 3 weeks), so the beer is reasonably clear. The first pint or so after cold crashing is usually cloudy and I pour it down the drain.