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Sep
17
comment First time brewing lager, no fermentation
So Colm ... what did you do and how did it turn out?
Aug
26
comment First time brewing lager, no fermentation
Relax and have a home brew. But I suppose I should have specified that of course it matters what yeast you are using. I have done this successful with Oktoberfest, SF Lager, and Cry Havoc. I haven't tried it with a lower temp lager yeast. whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew/listings?style=4
Aug
25
comment What can I do with my spent grain after mashing?
I've put an ad up on my local homebrew facebook page and had homebrewers with chickens come get batch after batch of spent grain. Way better ecological use than composting.
Aug
25
comment What can I do with my spent grain after mashing?
I've made muffins and cookies out of spent grain. Unless you are desperate to make it into something, don't bother.
Jun
5
comment What is the highest temp. to age a Russian imperial stout?
Why will an RIS stand up to more abuse?
Jun
18
comment Improving Your Brewing Significantly
IMO, this question should be separated by extract vs all-grain brewing. Yeah, there is some overlap (fermentation, yeast, chilling) but there is a lot of non-overlap...
Jun
18
comment Flat beer. Not enough priming sugar?
Priming is best done by weight. What are those volumes of? Presumably water with corn sugar dissolved? What concentration? Additionally, you don't specify the time you allowed for bottle conditioning and the temperature of the bottles during conditioning?
Jan
16
comment Good Way to Stuff Dry Hops into Dry Hop Bag
Hmm, I just put my hops straight in. Why bag it?
Dec
18
comment How much torque is required to operate a barley crusher?
Mdma, I'm a little confused. If torque is force x displacement vector, don't we need to consider the radius of the object, not just the number of rotations per second?
Dec
13
comment How much torque is required to operate a barley crusher?
Brewchez, I haven't found the Barley Crusher people to be very responsive to previous questions. And as mdma says, I may not have posed a question with an especially definitive answer.
Dec
3
comment Wet Crushing Grain
Wow. This is involved. How wet do you find the grain is with this process?
Oct
20
comment Partial Mash Extract twang
Brewchez : why do you say this isn't an extract issue?
Oct
10
comment How do I keep yeast from a strain that I've bought?
I've kept started yeast in a capped growler (previously sani'd etc) in a fridge for over 6 months and restarted it fine.
Oct
10
comment What software do most brewers use?
I'm surprised everyone is raving about the scaling feature on Beersmith. Unless I'm missing something, it seems like it scales incorrectly on custom equipment or with custom efficiency.
Oct
4
comment Racking a carbonated beer from a keg back to the fermenter
Way too late to help, but I wonder whether carbonating would change the pH in a way the yeast would not like...
Oct
4
comment Can weighting dry hop bag with metal objects impact the flavor?
You can find glass marbles on amazon or probably some place like bed bath and beyond. Don't get painted ones obviously. Let us know how your beer tastes.
Aug
10
comment harmful mold growing in fermentation freezer?
Great additional detail on dust mask ratings...
Apr
23
comment Estery fruit flavors in my vanilla bourbon imperial porter
Graham and Ell, thanks for the discussion. I'm going to have to do a 10g side by side split now. Interesting that this question generated more comments/discussion than 'answers'.
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!