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bio website dennybrew.com
location Eugene, OR
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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.


Jul
28
comment Can wort layering significantly affect OG reading?
Small fractures can develop that you can't even see. I had one crack diagonally as I was rocking it on carpet. I only got minor cuts, but lost all the beer. I've also dropped them when I was holding them sideways. I hate them so much I went to buckets 10+ years ago and never looked back. If you want to keep using carboys, i REALLY urge you to get a MixStir. Very effective aeration, very inexpensive, VERY safe!
Jul
28
comment Can wort layering significantly affect OG reading?
Having broken several carboys, I urge you not to shake it. Too dangerous. Find another way to mix, like using a MixStir.
Jul
26
answered Can wort layering significantly affect OG reading?
Jul
24
answered What is/causes a solvent-like aroma from airlock
Jul
23
comment All grain - is full wort boil absolutely necessary?
Yep. Not uncommon in the early homebrew days in the US. Still not uncommon in other countries.
Jul
20
comment All grain - is full wort boil absolutely necessary?
Good point. Negligible cost, though.
Jul
20
comment All grain - is full wort boil absolutely necessary?
Just going AG will save him money over extract. I think I figure that for me the lost efficiency meant I had to spend about a dollar more per batch in grain cost. Still cheaper than extract.
Jul
20
comment All grain - is full wort boil absolutely necessary?
He said 2 simultaneous boils, so no time penalty. But you need twice as much equipment. IMO, don't even worry about how high your efficiency is....it's a hobby, just do it and make beer!
Jul
20
answered All grain - is full wort boil absolutely necessary?
Jul
18
comment How can I clear-up a cloudy cider?
They're hazy in the primary for a while, but they clear eventually. Don't be in a hurry.
Jul
17
answered Accidental steam beer, temp control and diacetyl
Jul
15
answered Hop variety resources
Jul
15
comment Possible to intensify/increase the amount of yeast flavor?
I just want to be sure I understand correctly....you WANT to taste the harsh bitterness of the yeast itself, or you want to accentuate the flavor the yeast gives to the beer?
Jul
12
comment Does carbonation method impact beer flavor?
Somewhere between 4-6. Not huge, but since the results were consistent I consider kit's significant enough for me to draw a conclusion.
Jul
12
comment Does carbonation method impact beer flavor?
No, I didn't. It was nearly 15 years ago when I'd only been brewing a little while. I was curious to see for myself after hearing the debate about various primings.
Jul
10
answered Something in the fermentation chamber made my nose hurt
Jul
4
comment What to expect from “Mash” Hopping?
I spoke with a couple chemists at NHC about this theory recently. They said that in order to bring down the pH measurably you'd pretty much have to fill the mash tun with hops. So while it may be theoretically possible, it's unlikely that you could really achieve it.
Jul
3
comment What to expect from “Mash” Hopping?
mdma, yes, that's what I mean. The beer had a very low level of bitterness. It didn't taste anywhere near the predicted IBU and tasted a lot like the measured IBU.
Jul
2
comment Does carbonation method impact beer flavor?
You are correct. All primings were calculated to provide app. 2.5 vol. of CO2.
Jul
2
answered What to expect from “Mash” Hopping?