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Nov
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answered Will refrigeration help carbonate my beer?
Nov
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comment Could I add flavored Cappuccino syrup?
I agree with you!
Nov
10
comment Temperature Dropped - Is Beer Ruined?
A fly sparge for a 5 gal. batch "should" take about an hour. In addition, lauter design is critical to good efficiency. Take a look at the article I linked to. It will help you figure out if your efficiency problem is with the mash or the sparge.
Nov
10
answered Why is it ok to squeeze a BIAB, but not a grain bag for steeping?
Nov
10
answered Temperature Dropped - Is Beer Ruined?
Nov
10
comment corn beer steps and suggestions using a home stove
Boiling the corn gelatinizes the starches in it and makes them available for conversion. But the gelatinization temp range is the same range we use for mashing, so pre boiling isn't needed. You can just add the corn to the mash. If you're not doing a AG brew, you need to do a minimash with the corn and some diastatic malt.
Nov
9
comment corn beer steps and suggestions using a home stove
The gelatinization temperature of corn is from 143.5-165F. That means it's within mash temperature range and a cereal mash is unnecessary.
Nov
7
answered Could I add flavored Cappuccino syrup?
Nov
7
answered Will bitterness from a flameout coffee addition fade with age?
Nov
6
comment Building Custom Sized Carboys
I use 10 gal. corny kegs as fermenters quite often. They work great, too. I avoid glass unless I have no other choice, and even then I STILL try to avoid it!
Nov
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answered Building Custom Sized Carboys
Nov
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comment Building Custom Sized Carboys
I have been using plastic fermenters exclusively for 12 years after switching from glass. There is no problem using buckets, or with leaching.
Nov
4
answered vanilla beans in a porter
Nov
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comment Porter recommendations to avoid acidity
You can sparge with water much hotter than 170F. I regularly sparge with 190F water. It won't extract tannins becasue of temp. Tannin extraction is dependent on pH.
Nov
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reviewed Approve adjuncts tag wiki excerpt
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reviewed Approve adjuncts tag wiki
Oct
25
comment Different ways to use mushrooms in brewing
You can certainly add them on brew day, but my experience is that you'll lose most of the mushroom character.
Oct
24
answered Experimenting, Priming Sugars
Oct
24
comment Different ways to use mushrooms in brewing
A local brewpub made a candy cap wee heavy. It was good, but I prefer chanterelles.
Oct
24
comment Different ways to use mushrooms in brewing
The vacuum packing and freezing are the key to extracting flavor. I've tried soaking them in vodka, but didn't care for the harshness the vodka added to the beer. My recipe is at wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/WeeShroomy