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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.


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comment did i put too much yeast in?
The fermentability of the beer is pretty much set by the wort you make. While using too little yest may result in a higher than expected FG, using too much will not necessarily make it lower. Using more yeast may increase the level of esters in the beer, but that's not a certainty.
Sep
5
comment Hops - Do they stay in the wort for the primary fermentation or not?
Actually, cold break has been found to be somewhat beneficial to the yeast.
Sep
5
comment Hops - Do they stay in the wort for the primary fermentation or not?
As did a much older experiment from the Brews and Views forum that I pointed out to Marshall when he did his. I agree with your approach. Really the point is that there's nothing wrong with xferring the hops to the fermenter, but there's also nothing to be gained from it and you'll need to get them out sooner or later anyway.
Sep
4
comment Hops - Do they stay in the wort for the primary fermentation or not?
I let pellets go through my pump and into the fermenter. Due to the my kettle pickup works, I use bags for whole hops. Before I had all that fancy schmancy stuff, I would pour the cooled wort through a large sanitized strainer into the fermenter.
Sep
3
comment Hops - Do they stay in the wort for the primary fermentation or not?
Doing that puts you at risk for hot side aeration. Admittedly, it's a small risk, but why take it? Additionally, by pouring cooled wort through a strainer, you get "good" aeration prior to pitching your yeast.
Sep
2
comment How to add DME to the wort
Well, I use a plastic bowl and have no problem immersing it for a short time.
Aug
31
comment What is the proper way to maintain temperature in a water cooler Mash tun by adding hot water?
every few years, a frioend and I use it to make 10 gal. of a 1.100+ barleywine. Then we do about 12-15 gal. of a second runnings beer.
Aug
29
comment Why toss the starter wort?
If it's that little, go ahead if you can't taste it. But that small a starter isn't usually a good idea. Mine are 2-3 qt. and I certainly don't want that in my beer.
Aug
29
comment Would Yeast survive the temperatures of distillation and properly carbonate?
It certainly does. Even heating it to pasteurization temps (around 160) affects the flavor detrimentally.
Aug
27
comment How do I correct acidity/tartness in a fermented beer?
How do you know the beer is in a keg?
Aug
26
comment Does my yeast possibly already have yeast nutrient?
Most dry yeast is coated with nutrients.
Aug
25
comment First time brewing lager, no fermentation
I can't stress enough that pitching lager yeast at 60 and letting it ferment at that temp is a really bad idea. Sure, you get a faster start but at the expense of beer flavor. It's just not necessary if you pitch a an adequately sized starter of healthy yeast. And you'll make MUCH better lagers like that.
Aug
23
comment How can I test the PPM of different minerals in my Water?
Why do you feel the need to test every batch of water? In most cases, other than chlorine/chloramine, it will be pretty stable. Are you on a well or city supply? I have my well water tested every 3-5 years and it hardly changes at all. Not enough to be concerned about.
Aug
22
comment Oatmeal Stout, steeped grains 45 min, extract recipe: Should leave in Prim longer than usual before move to Sec?
Using a secondary is almost never necessary. It's a holdover from the old days of homebrewing.
Aug
15
comment Is a 12quart pot sufficient for a 1/2 5gal boil?
That's what I started with. You have to be careful, but it works.
Aug
10
comment Which Stores carry the metal connectors for constructing a Mash Tun?
The other solution is to look at a different, easier, cheaper design. see www.dennybrew.com for ideas.
Aug
7
comment Saving a yeast starter
All of the above assumes really good sanitation when you used and stored the original starter.
Aug
4
comment Will a yeast that ferments at higher temps stop fusels?
If they go in the swamp cooler, there is no need to sanitize them.
Aug
2
comment Are there ways to make your own beer on the cheap?
Brewing to save money on beer is like buying a fishing boat to save money on fish.
Aug
1
comment Trouble Reaching My OG (Pre-Boil Was OK)
Can you tell us the pre and post boil volume and gravity?