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Mar
21
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
I haven't noticed this on other styles, but while we've been having this conversation I was doing some research on the effects of carbonation on the perception of sweetness, and there seems to be something to it. If so, it would make sense that tasting a beer slightly prematurely would have less carbonation as well as residual sugars and likely present itself more sweetly. It's entirely possible that I'm simply longing for a sweeter version of my brown ale and maybe I need to work that into my recipe next time.
Mar
21
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
It was just an example I remembered reading about some time ago. It seemed like a strange additive, and it got me wondering what else might be used be commercial breweries. I've also read about uses of caramel coloring, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, etc., in some of the lower quality beers.
Mar
21
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
Perhaps. While I don't consider New Castle Brown Ale to be a high quality beer, it always tastes the same to me, whenever I drink it and that's really what I'm trying to understand in terms of my homebrew beer. I suppose the reality could be that what I am tasting after 3 weeks of conditioning is the actual flavor of the beer, and what I've been tasting earlier in the process is something that hasn't quite finished conditioning.
Mar
21
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
It was more of an assumption and quite possibly incorrect. I suppose I am thinking along the lines of clarifying agents like Isinglass.
Mar
7
comment How to Compensate for Higher than Expected Extraction Efficiency
Great explanation, thanks. Do you have a formula for determining dilution volume?
Mar
6
comment Is there anyway to tell if a glass bottle of beer is carbonated without opening it?
I've been using plastic better bottles for primary and secondary fermentation since I started homebrewing and I have yet to get an infection...I am an over-sanitizer with a spray bottle in my holster at every step. Plastic bottles of soda or water should be more than sufficient for this, and I don't think you'll need to dump it out either unless you have the habit of sticking sharp things inside the plastic bottle prior to filling it with beer.
Feb
20
comment Is there an online equivalent of Beer Smith?
Now with BeerXML import!
Dec
10
comment Is there an online equivalent of Beer Smith?
It's on our hot list! Look for it soon, and if you have more suggestions, please share them using our feature suggestion form @ brewgr.com/features
Dec
8
comment Is there an online equivalent of Beer Smith?
It is indeed. Is there anything else? :P
Mar
26
comment Mash Efficiency and Quality of Wort
Just put it into the primary...won't know for a few weeks.
Mar
12
comment Does elevation have an effect on the taste of beer?
I'm not sure Ruination can ever be made less bitter. :)
Mar
12
comment Maintaining Lagering Temperatures
I've used a son of fermentation chiller from the start...I've never brewed a lager, but I can have a frozen 2 liter bottle stay partially frozen for several days during active fermentation. That speaks to the insulation power.
Feb
28
comment Importance of Mash and Sparge Water Volumes using Batch Sparge
Thanks, this is helpful.
Feb
26
comment Mash Efficiency With Top Off
Crush was the same and there were different amounts of water between batches. I did realize after posting this that I didn't account for temperature when taking my gravity reading. My wort was likely around 110 - 120 F when I took the reading.
Dec
20
comment Where to get Old Brew Recipes
By Genuine, I mean not a clone, as stated in my post. I'm not looking for perfection in reproduction, just an approximation, but I'd like the receipes to be authentic.
Nov
17
comment What's a good small-batch fermentation vessel?
Depends on the brew, I guess. I currently have a ~8% batch going in there. I used a blow off for the first few days then put an airlock on there and I didn't have any problems. I started my wart with 1.5 gallons of water, and what went into the jug filled it to about 2 inches below the bottom of the handle. Plenty of space.
Nov
4
comment Brew Hack - What Can I Make with These Ingredients?
Awesome tips. Thank you!
Nov
4
comment Brew Hack - What Can I Make with These Ingredients?
Got it...What about using the carafa for flavor and color and adding a different sugar source, such as molasses or brown sugar?
Oct
28
comment How to brew less than 5 gallons at a time?
I can't speak to recipe slicing, but wanted to share that I picked up a couple of 1 gallon glass jugs and stoppers from Midwest Supplies (midwestsupplies.com/1-gallon-glass-jug.html). They are dirt cheap. I'm planning on using them for recipe experimentation on a smaller scale to save money on ingredients.