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bio website hopville.com/brewer/plaisier
location Seattle, WA
age 34
visits member for 2 years, 3 months
seen Oct 18 '13 at 16:40

A human geneticist and biologist that has been brewing for nearly 10 years off and on. Lately moved over to all grain and have been getting more serious about brewing. Currently working out the bugs of brewing 2.5 gallon batches using the BIAB method.


Feb
4
answered Recipe says don't add priming sugar, will it lead to flat beer?
Feb
4
comment Hydrometer exploded
If you still have shot in the fermenting wort and those are magnetic would tell you it is steel and provide a great way to keep them in the fermenter whilst you transfer to secondary.
Jan
28
answered What are the practical differences between leaf hops and hop pellets?
Jan
28
comment Need a simple extract IPA recipe
The issue with Hopville hasn't been an issue for me as I always do full boils. But I could see how it could be. It would be a good point to bring up with the creator of Hopville. He was very responsive when I reported a bug to him. He could add it to his list of feature requests. Do you want to e-mail him or should I?
Jan
27
comment how much air would I need to move to be able to brew in my basement?
But at least the venting will be for water vapor and not something that could kill you. ;-)
Jan
27
comment Need a simple extract IPA recipe
Your recipes look fine. The Crystal 60L is just for color. Your substitution of Amber DME solves that problem nicely. And sticking with cascade should be nice beer. The citra would add a nice citrusy hop flavor. But that could be a tweak you try later. Have fun.
Jan
26
answered Need a simple extract IPA recipe
Jan
26
comment Electric brewing inside
If you do go this rough be sure to use GFI outlets. Otherwise you risk electrocution. Using a stove is a much better option and works quite well. Just use a lid.
Jan
26
comment Electric brewing inside
On my really quite sad stove in my apartment I can get 5 gallons to boil in 15 to 20 minutes. The key is to keep the lid on which retains a lot of the energy lost to water vapor. Without the lid on it took 45 to an hour to boil. That seemed like an easy fix. I do half batches and full batches in almost the same time as it takes with a propane burner outside.
Jan
24
comment Beer not carbonating
I brew a Belgian golden strong ale and it takes a couple months at room temperature ~70 degrees C to carbonate fully. But that doesn't stop most of them from being drunk before they carbonate. ;-)
Jan
24
comment Can BIAB be scaled down to tiny batches?
I have brewed quite extensively with BIAB in an apartment using a stove and recently moved to 2.5 gallon batches (9.4 liters) for experimentation. Works great. Shouldn't be a problem to scale down. The method of adding water to reduce the specific gravity is used a lot. Just be careful not to heat too much and carmelize your wort.
Jan
14
comment Increasing IBUs post fermentation
Also could consider: northernbrewer.com/shop/hopshot.html
Jan
14
answered Can I use nylon stockings as a hop-bag in wort?
Jan
11
comment What is the recommended procedure for bottling given this setup?
Autosiphons are also very handy for filtering out dry hopped hops I have found as well. Most likely this is only the case if you use whole hops like I do.
Jan
3
answered how much air would I need to move to be able to brew in my basement?
Jan
3
answered How to clean my my stove top?
Jan
3
comment Increasing the 'caramel and coffee tones' of my porter
For the caramel flavor what about taking out the first runnings and reducing them down like some people do for Scotch ales. Did this for a recent Scotch ale and it tastes great.
Dec
29
awarded  Yearling
Nov
13
comment How worried should I be about a plastic-wrapped kettle that had to air chill for two days?
Sealing with saran-wrap could seal the container up. And if there was still steam from the boil it could have sterilized the whole business. As Charlie Papazian says relax and have a homebrew. Wait and see it could very likely turn out just fine.
Nov
12
comment How to clean the inside of a blowoff hose
I also started by using blow-off hoses. But now I do as you suggest and use a bigger carboy (6.5gal for 5gal batch and 5gal for 2.5gal batch). This approach is cleaner and works really well even for larger beers with lots of krausen. The potential to suck back sanitizer when using a blow-off hose convinced me that wasn't a really viable option. ;-)