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Mar
16
comment My brew is taking far longer than the leaflet suggests
Secondary fermentation is not always necessary and I think most homebrewers don't do it these days. I seldom do. Taking gravity samples is the only way to know what's going on...bubbles are unreliable as indicators. In your case, you could be seeing bubbles due to CO2 release due to temp changes. There's nothing wrong with opening the fermenter to take a gravity sample as long as you practice good sanitation.
Mar
15
comment Making a starter without DME?
Keep in mind that the best OG for starter wort is between 1.020 and 1.040. I aim for 1.030-35.
Mar
14
comment Growing hops from seeds
Agreed. Growing hops from seeds is a real crapshoot.
Mar
6
answered Mash process vs specialty grains
Feb
27
comment Proof dry yeast, or just pitch it?
A starter should never be used with dry yeast. It can be detrimental to yeast health. If the OG is too high for a single pack, use 2.
Feb
18
comment What size mash tun for a half batch (2-3 gallon) brew?
Cleber, the issue is channeling when you fly sparge, not grain particles.
Feb
18
answered What size mash tun for a half batch (2-3 gallon) brew?
Jan
27
comment What could cause a significant increase in proteins?
I would attribute it largely to proper pH. i find I get much more break material when I nail the pH.
Jan
25
answered Contact time required for sanitation with sodium metabisulphite?
Jan
24
comment What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?
Absolutely correct. Thanks for the correction.
Jan
23
answered What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?
Jan
21
answered Quality difference between LME and DME
Jan
18
answered Fermentation #2
Jan
18
comment How can I recover this barleywine batch?
Your boil gravity or your into the fermnter gravity should be 1.106?
Jan
17
comment Spigot broke on primary fermentation bucket
I almost always leave the beer in a primary for 3-4 weeks and skip a secondary. Patience seems to be the best advice.
Jan
17
answered Spigot broke on primary fermentation bucket
Jan
13
answered Oxyclean safe inside the bottle
Jan
9
comment First Brew: Yellow Mold - Transfer to Carboy - Slowing of Fermentation
I'm sorry I can only upvote this answer once!
Jan
8
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Jan
6
comment keeping the wort pump primed seems to have a learning curve
Do you have the inlet at 6 oclock and the outlet at 12 oclock?