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bio website dennybrew.com
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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.


Aug
19
comment Do I need to adjust for temperature with a refractometer?
mdma, I'm not so sure about that. Ever tried using a refractometer in a 35F garage? If you don't keep it warm before you use it, the sample will cool but I still get an incorrect reading due to a cold refractometer.
Aug
18
comment Do I need to adjust for temperature with a refractometer?
ATC is meant to compensate for the temp of the refractometer, not the sample.
Aug
18
revised Can lowering temperature too rapidly result in stuck fermentation?
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Aug
16
comment Why did fermentation take so long to start?
The purpose of making a starter is not shorter lag time, it's for better fermentation and better beer. Although I agree that for beers under 1.040 you don't generally need a starter, given a fresh pack of yeast.
Aug
15
answered Can lowering temperature too rapidly result in stuck fermentation?
Aug
15
answered Coffee Beans for Homebrewing
Aug
15
answered Can Olive Oil REPLACE oxygenating wort
Aug
14
comment How to make the best beer with arduino?
"the best way to look for quality is to measure the beer density"....no. The best way to look for beer quality is to taste it!
Aug
14
comment Bringing mash pH down without changing mineral profile too far
It does take some work to learn it, but it's not too bad and it's really paid off for me in terms of better beer.
Aug
14
answered Ways to better utilize hops with a coffeepress?
Aug
14
awarded  Revival
Aug
13
comment Possible to intensify/increase the amount of yeast flavor?
Did everything else remain exactly the same from the previous batch? Same recipe, yeast, fermentation temp? I ask because when I've tried open fermentation I didn't really see any differences at all.
Aug
13
answered Bringing mash pH down without changing mineral profile too far
Aug
13
revised Good Brewing Chemistry Books
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Aug
13
answered Good Brewing Chemistry Books
Aug
13
comment What difference does the crush make for steeped grains?
@ brewchez....I look forward to it!
Aug
12
comment What difference does the crush make for steeped grains?
I hope I didn't appear to say that crush doesn't matter at all for steeping. It's still important, although I feel it's a bit less important than for all grain. I do agree that the steeping ratio may have only a minimal impact, but I think it;s better to be safe than sorry.
Aug
12
comment Undershot OG with extract brewing
" I stirred the topped off wort pretty well to aerate it, I would think this would have mixed it fine"...you;d be surprised. I've seen it happen too many times. Unless you used something like a Mixstir for 3-5 minutes, it probably wasn't as well mixed as you think.
Aug
12
revised Undershot OG with extract brewing
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Aug
11
answered Undershot OG with extract brewing