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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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answered Is my SG too low?
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comment Specialty Grains, To boil or not to boil
Sorry for the confusion...I would AVOID boiling the grains. The only time that would be a good idea was if you were doing a decoction mash, and the circumstances for that are very different. (original comment now corrected)
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comment Specialty Grains, To boil or not to boil
The reason that boiling grains works for decoction is becasue the pH is so low. If you're putting the grains into a large kettle of water, there won't be enough grain to buffer the pH and it will very likely remain high. That could lead to extraction of tannins from the grain. For that reason, I would avoid boiling the grain at all costs, unless you have a reason to do it and are certain that the pH is in the correct range.
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comment Is brew with burned steeping bag safe to drink?
Yep, it you can't taste it now, it won't develop later.
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comment Is brew with burned steeping bag safe to drink?
Based on my experience, it will never go away.
Jul
17
comment Beer stone: what works?
PBW isn't significantly different than Oxiclean.
Jul
15
answered Can someone explain the difference between different kinds of malts?
Jul
14
revised Is brew with burned steeping bag safe to drink?
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Jul
14
answered Is brew with burned steeping bag safe to drink?
Jul
14
answered Does Saki have Extract Brewing?
Jul
13
comment How to bottle new brew properly
Yeah, I still give it a gentle stir after siphoning the beer onto the sugar solution. But my experience is that it requires less stirring (and therefore reduced chance of oxidation) and ends up being mixed more thoroughly.
Jul
12
comment How to bottle new brew properly
Putting the sugar water solution in the bucket before racking the beer into it will help it mix more thoroughly and easily. This way also means that you don't need to cool it first. It will cool almost instantly when you rack the beer onto it, with no damage to the yeast.
Jul
12
comment How to bottle new brew properly
The beer makes the schedule, not the calendar. It's really unlikely the beer will be ready to bottle that soon. In homebrewing, you can almost never go wrong by waiting longer.
Jul
11
comment Substituting Carapils with left overs
Actually, they do add fermentable sugars, although not as fermentable as a base malt.
Jul
11
comment What is the use of aromatic notes of bittering hop single-purpose?
You're thinking about this too strictly. ANY hop can be used for ANY purpose. It all depends on the particular hop and your goals.
Jul
8
comment Wyeast Smack Pack did not inflate
Yes, but incubation is after you smack it. In that case, both would be at room temp. while one that was at room temp before smacking might start to swell a bit before one that was stored in the fridge, after a couple hours there would be equal activity, given identical packs to start with.
Jul
8
answered Why leave headspace when bottling?
Jul
8
comment Wyeast Smack Pack did not inflate
I'm not surprised.
Jul
7
comment Wyeast Smack Pack did not inflate
I have serious doubts that putting the yeast in the fridge had anything to do with the problem. I keep Wyeast in the fridge for weeks or longer before smacking it and it's never seems to have any effect on how long it takes the pack to inflate. AAMOF, storing it in the fridge is the recommended method.
Jul
7
answered Wyeast Smack Pack did not inflate