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Oct
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answered Light Sulphur smell
Oct
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comment Smoked Porter, should I mash or steep my smoked grain?
OK, Weyermann is basically a rauch malt. You need ot use a lot to get a prominent smoke flavor. Many people use it as 100% of the grist, unlikepeated malt where a couple oz. is more than enough.
Oct
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comment Smoked Porter, should I mash or steep my smoked grain?
That said, it you steep for 45 min. or more at temps between 145 and 165F, you are in effect mashing.
Sep
30
comment Smoked Porter, should I mash or steep my smoked grain?
Even minimal unconverted starch can lead to infection. What kind of smoked malt did you use? Peated? Rauchmalt? Homemade?
Sep
30
answered Smoked Porter, should I mash or steep my smoked grain?
Sep
28
comment Storage of pH test equipment
Have you tried ColorpHast papers? They're plastic strips and pretty much the only ones that are worthwhile. As to storage, you could put storage solution in a container, cut a hole in the lid, and put the probe through the hole into the solution.
Sep
27
answered Storage of pH test equipment
Sep
27
comment how to control water temperature?
Is this not a water temp control method?
Sep
27
comment Which kind of hop should be used on a First Wort Hopped (FWH) beer?
I'd like to know what's wrong with my answer.
Sep
23
answered Fermentation temperature control
Sep
23
comment How to tell when hops are dry enough to seal and freeze
However, I don't care about chemistry...I care about results. And I get better results in terms of aroma using a higher temp. I'm a scientific kinda guy (co-authored Experimental Homebrewing) but when my experience and science contradict each other, I've gotta go with my experience.
Sep
22
comment How to tell when hops are dry enough to seal and freeze
I'm also drawing on my own experience. Higher temps produced better results for me. I'm also talking about the experience of a small, "craft" organic commercial grower near me. Homebrewers are free to experiment and see what works best, but after 14 years of growing and processing my own hops I found that higher temps for shorter times produce superior results.
Sep
22
comment I took the airlock off for just a couple of seconds, will it ruin my wine?
"Skunky or cat-musk aromas in beer are caused by photochemical reactions of the isomerized hop compounds. The wavelengths of light that cause the skunky smell are the blue wavelengths and the ultraviolet. Brown glass bottles effectively screen out these wavelengths, but green bottles do not. Skunkiness will result in beers if the beer is left in direct sunlight or stored under fluorescent lights as in supermarkets. In beers which use pre-isomerized hop extract and very little flavoring hop additions, the beer will be fairly immune to damage from ultraviolet light. "
Sep
22
comment I took the airlock off for just a couple of seconds, will it ruin my wine?
No, skunking is only from exposure to light. It's caused by exposing hops to certain wavelengths of light, causing mercaptans (the same substance as skunk spray). It can happen to either commercial beers or homebrew. Leave a homebrew IPA in direct sunlight for a few minutes and you'll see. Poor sanitation can cause a number of things, but skunking isn't one of them. If you don't care to believe me, how about John Palmer in How to Brew?
Sep
21
revised How to tell when hops are dry enough to seal and freeze
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Sep
21
answered How to tell when hops are dry enough to seal and freeze
Sep
21
comment I took the airlock off for just a couple of seconds, will it ruin my wine?
FWIW, skunking is due to exposure to light....nothing else.
Sep
20
answered Max temperature for lager carbonation
Sep
18
comment When bottling, is it better to use corn sugar or saved wort?
Have you tried it? I'm basing my comments on my own experience. I certainly didn't find any difference in the beers. What has your experience been? Did you find a difference?
Sep
18
comment When bottling, is it better to use corn sugar or saved wort?
I can hardly imagine that someone wouldn't have sugar on hand, but I guess it's possible. And while your other points are philosophical and may be true for some people, I'm speaking strictly of beer quality.