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I have been a homebrewer for over 15 years and 440 batches. I'm a BJCP National judge and a member of the Governing Committee of the American Homebrewers Assoc.


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comment What is it about this receipe that makes it an IPA? Or more generally, what makes an IPA?
Well, there's already Black IPA, White IPA, "Session" IPA...
Apr
16
comment What is it about this receipe that makes it an IPA? Or more generally, what makes an IPA?
I believe that name is used for a beer from Brooklyn Brewing.
Apr
16
comment Would coffee wine be at all similar in taste to Kahlua?
Because although coffee is brewed, Kahlua is not. Nor is it fermented, as is kombucha. Convince me otherwise and I'll remove my objection. But the original question belongs more in the cooking area than here.
Apr
16
comment Would coffee wine be at all similar in taste to Kahlua?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about homebrewing.
Apr
15
comment Primary Fermentation Plastic Bucket Lid
In that case, it's more about the heat than being unsealed. In addition, mayo is very different. Beer has alcohol and a low pH to protect it. Mayo doesn't. I don't think theloose caps had anything to do with it.
Apr
15
answered Sanitizing and septic tanks
Apr
15
comment BrewJacket - How does this Work and How can I replicate it?
That still might be less expensive then 8 of these devices, even if you build them yourself.
Apr
13
comment adding hops during second fermentation
As frequently happens, what commercial brewers do may or may not have a bearing on homebrewing. I almost always add dry hops to a keg of beer in the serving fridge and they stay in for months without problems. Many other homebrewers do the same. Don't ignore what commercial brewers are doing, but make your own decisions based on experience.
Apr
12
comment BrewJacket - How does this Work and How can I replicate it?
Why don't you want to use a fridge or chest freezer?
Apr
12
comment BrewJacket - How does this Work and How can I replicate it?
You wouldn't want either copper or AL in fermenting beer. The pH of the beer would leach undesirable compounds from them.
Apr
9
comment Can beer done without hops?
Bog Myrtle, sweet gale, heather, yarrow. More info here...homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/524/…
Apr
8
answered Can beer done without hops?
Apr
7
comment Why is Homebrew Day the first Saturday in May?
And last year we finally finished making it legal at the state level.
Apr
7
comment Why is Homebrew Day the first Saturday in May?
I believe the end of Prohibition was today, April 7. At least I've seen references to 4/7 being National Beer Day.
Apr
7
comment Does temperature rise time between mash steps matter?
In terms of denaturing enzymes, I know that 20 min. is the usually cited amount of time. But I'm not sure how that would relate to conversion times. And I think it kinda depends on exactly what you're looking for. For instance, you may be able to get conversion in 30 min. at 150, but holding that temp longer debranches more starch and makes for a more fermentable wort. I've decided that step mashes really have no benefit to the beer, so I just avoid the whole thing!
Apr
7
comment Why is counting airlock bubbles a poor method of determining whether or not fermentation has slowed down or stopped?
You have a solution in search of a problem.
Apr
7
answered Why is Homebrew Day the first Saturday in May?
Apr
7
comment Does temperature rise time between mash steps matter?
Enzymes don't act instantly. Passing through temp ranges quickly (and I guess you'd have to define "quickly") will have minimal effect.
Apr
6
comment Why is a carboy used for secondary fermentation?
The length of the "secondary" is never mentioned. Everyone is assuming long aging, but if it's a week or two, then no problem.
Apr
6
comment Does temperature rise time between mash steps matter?
Easy...just try it both ways! And I doubt that those are suggested times as much as they are simply a default. Remember, Beersmith and all other brewing software are tools to help you brew the way you want to brew. They are NOT instructions on how to brew!