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Programmer (currently C# in the backup industry) Passionate about: the interface of genetics and computation, climbing, telemark skiing, dogs.

Apr
12
comment Estery fruit flavors in my vanilla bourbon imperial porter
Graham, I disagree about staying in primary for two to three weeks. Many routine recipes are improved by getting your beer into secondary. Once fermentation is primarily complete (low activity), there is more benefit to getting off the yeast cake than to leaving it in primary. Sitting on the yeast cake can result in off flavors from autolyzation.
Mar
2
comment Very long primary in plastic
If you are a beginner brewer and go with PET, I would strongly consider reading the 'cleaning and care' instructions on the Better Bottle website before you buy them. The limitations on the amount of exposure to StarSani and PBW that these bottles can take are very restrictive. When I was a new brewer, my brew buddies and I cracked one with excessive sanitation. The other two from the same vintage are still intact but show signs of cracking. Glass rocks!
Feb
29
revised Is beer bad for dogs?
fix hyperlink
Feb
29
comment Very long primary in plastic
High-risk way to start, that's all I'm saying. I share your tastes. Plus if you make 'regular' beer, you can make your friends drink your mistakes. Good luck!
Feb
29
comment Very long primary in plastic
Perhaps a dumb question but if you just got into homebrewing, maybe high gravity aged ales is not the place to hone the craft...
Feb
29
answered Is my gummy wild yeast unusual?
Feb
29
answered Is beer bad for dogs?
Feb
29
comment Is beer bad for dogs?
Ok, I don't want to be responsible for your dog's death but the amount of chocolate in a 'chocolate' beer is probably not a concern. A mid-size dog can ingest 'some' chocolate. Check out the theobromine (the toxic part of chocolate, found in other foods as well) page on wikipedia for some ideas about dosage (LD50, TDLO)en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobromine_poisoning
Feb
29
comment Hops in the compost?
When ScottInNH says hops are really bad for dogs, he's on the right point but I'd like to add an emphasis that the evidence so far (though limited) is that hops can cause malignant hyperthermia in some dogs which leads to cardiac arrest and death. The reports I read didn't specify an 'LD50' but had anecdotes reporting ~1 oz of spent hops as fatally toxic. Consider your neighbor's dogs as well please if your compost help is openly available. I might point out that the amount of hops you are putting into compost is really irrelevant to 'eco' concerns given the toxicity concerns. Toss 'em.
Feb
29
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
23
revised Adding Vanilla Extract?
Updated info re vanilla flavor quantity
Feb
22
revised Adding Vanilla Extract?
Clarified extract vs beans, grammar mistake
Feb
22
suggested suggested edit on Adding Vanilla Extract?
Feb
22
answered Adding Vanilla Extract?
Feb
17
revised Home Brewing with Soft Water
Added a link to beersmith blog of mineral levels
Feb
17
comment Home Brewing with Soft Water
Mdma, do you have a softener? I do and have alternated between sodium (for cost) and potassium (to eliminate the sodium) and no softening. Ultimately, I've settled on no softening but I will tell you that potassium softening does not have the adverse health effects of sodium and doesn't convey a salty taste. Re the downvote: I gave him a few pieces of advice that you did not that are valid regardless of our disagreement about hardness: ph is important; RO systems are now affordable; testing for ph and alkalinity can be tested affordably.
Feb
17
awarded  Editor
Feb
17
revised At what stage of the fermentation process is temperature control most important?
Edited title to emphasis fementation, which is what the question is about
Feb
17
answered Home Brewing with Soft Water
Feb
17
suggested suggested edit on At what stage of the fermentation process is temperature control most important?