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Jul
12
comment i want a keg cooler that is cheaper than kegerator
Craigslist is a great resource for a cheap fridge! I would suggest getting new beer lines though (if they are aren't new). hoses are a great place for unwanted contamination to hide and spoil your beer after you have put all that hard work into it!
Jul
12
comment What do you call additions after fermentation?
Or wet pitching for fresh ingredients. I dont see either of these taking off but I would be curious what other suggestions people could come up with. It would be exciting if you were the one to start the conversation and this community could change the world!... of homebrewing!... specifically adding stuff post fermentation...
Jul
6
comment If oxygen is important mostly during the lag phase why not pre-oxygenate the yeast pitch prior to inoculation?
I absolutely agree @DennyConn with your view on yeast phases. I am a student of the White and Zainasheff book and thats where the question come from. Rereading today for the zillionth time, page 66 paragraph 5 refers to cells needing oxygen in the lag phase to create sterols (amongst other things) which is critical for cell membrane permeability. So my thought is oxygenate the the yeast prior to pitch = safer more protected yeast... but the simple fact that all the cells aren't on the same "phase" at the same time answers the question.
Jul
6
comment Using mason jars to bottle in?
@TobiasPatton thats a great idea!
Jul
3
comment is it normal for vigorous bubbling in airlock right away?
Just wanted to second Pepi's answer- your yeast probably just hit the ground running! However you rehydrated your yeast, and the pitching rate (amount of yeast compared to your original gravity) must have been right on!
May
21
comment Blending beer DURING fermentation, in the hopes to get beer back in balance with hops
So your suggesting adding an additional gallon of wort wont help correct the gravity to bitterness ratio? maybe I'm not understanding how dilution works. My thought was to brew this gallon batch with enough sugars that when blended with the original 4 gallons the entire 5 gallons would have had an OG of 1.070. Yes I am aware of the effect of temperature on WLP001 and how the logarithmic and stationary phases of fermentation work. I think the latter part of your second sentence is misleading, and editing the crap out of peoples questions is rude, especially when you dont proofread your answer.
Mar
22
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
Sorry for all the simple answers but what about the "aging" of flavors? it seems quick to fade but I recently brewed a series of browns in tandem with another brewer using high percentages of certain brown/chocolate type malts and noticed somewhat expectedly a "smoothing" of flavor characteristics...?
Mar
22
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
This might be a postable question but wouldnt malt profiles and yeast choice effect the perception of oxidization?
Mar
22
comment Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale
Maybe its been overlooked or maybe I missed something but you could try a carbonated version next to a "degassed" version?!
Feb
26
comment Will Bacterial Iron affect my beer?
Sorry, I have had a couple beers and thought I would be funny but re-reading that I kinda sound like a dick!
Feb
26
comment Will Bacterial Iron affect my beer?
Walzen, I really appreciate the answer and the link looks like a great water chemistry tool! But I don't get my water from the city, (When I did our water was great and the city website updated its very in depth water report often) but like the very first line says I moved and now live on a well... check out this link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_well
Jan
24
comment PVC and PTFE Plastic for Long Term Wort Contact
Good call on the thermowell! that would eliminate any concern
Jan
9
comment Looking to get a new grain mill and want some advice
I ended up with the Millars B3 and think it's just the bees knees. I way over thought this purchase, the exciting part is actually... having grains on hand and brewing whenever I want. Don't worry so much about the microscopic details and just buy a mill, thats my advice!
Jan
9
comment How should bulk grain be stored?
I too use an "air tight" dog food container but from Walmart. It has wheels a good seal and a tight latch, pet food containers are pricey but a little more "deluxe" for sure!
Jul
4
comment CO2 tank slowly losing gas, not sure where the problem lies
The same gas ball-lock that "leaked like a siv" for me leaked really bad when it was pulled by the gas line. In other words try spinning the ball-lock (looking at the picture) 180 degrees and letting the line rest on the liquid ball lock, or find a way that the line isnt straining the fitting.
Mar
8
comment Does trub effect your gravity reading?
agreed and with my experience I should know to wait for the trub to settle, but I kinda fell stupid having to leave asap. I came home after work (now) and got an "unobstructed" reading, and it was right where I needed to be. I always wait a day or two for answers but Plus one for now for sure!
Mar
6
comment Does using a fining agent effect the flocculation of yeast?
I'm getting a collection of pretty dusty white material on the sides of my carboy which I have always assumed was yeast but could be protine haze I guess
Jan
16
comment Cider molding and wont go away but not getting worse?
Ya know when you know the right thing to do and you just dont want to admit it? Thank you I really just needed the reaffirming nudge!!! (Batches dumped)
Jan
2
comment White mold on my corney kegs?
Ya it is an old fridge freezer combo and moisture hasn't really been an issue over the past couple years but its there for sure! It doesn't seem to be corrosive and in fact seems to be very delicate, wipes off easy but come back quick. Been doing everything I can to keep things sanitary when hooking any lines up or anywhere else it could get in. Thanks so far Graham!
Dec
16
comment cider with brett?
I always wait a couple days for answers to trickle in but you got a plus one for sure! I did get a yeast nutrient, it has no descriptors except for the amount in the package and "yeast nutrient" (packaged by the homebrew shop) and they are a great shop so no shisty stuff. See response to Brewchez. and thanks for the great info!!!!