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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.


Nov
14
comment Chocolate and Coffee Additions
Well, then, I'd just follow the recipe.
Nov
14
comment Chocolate and Coffee Additions
Why do you think you need to make any changes at all? Despite what you've heard, there isn't enough oil to worry about. And the recipe has been brewed as is by the author...don't you think they would have come up with another technique of that didn't work?
Nov
5
comment Turning off co2 tank necessary when regulator psi set to 0?
That's correct. Once the main valve is closed, everything downstream is off.
Nov
4
comment Alternative malt extract for Northwestern Gold LME
The problem with using anything other than light extract is that you have no idea what they use in it. Gold extract could have crystal malt, Munich...who knows? A quick web search doesn't turn up a list of ingredients. Maybe of you contact them directly they can give you some info.
Oct
31
comment Bottling high gravity FG barley wine
Good advice. I'd give it at least a month in primary.
Oct
29
comment How large of a Kettle to brew 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches? (All Grain)
Sorry, looks like I misunderstood.
Oct
27
comment How large of a Kettle to brew 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches? (All Grain)
That will work. I remember the first time I did a 5 gal. batch in a 15 gal. kettle. I thought there was no chance of boilover, then I turned my back for a second....the point being that no matter what size you use, you need to learn it's capabilities.
Oct
26
comment How large of a Kettle to brew 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches? (All Grain)
Based on your assumptions, it sounds like there would be no headroom in the kettle.
Oct
26
comment Just finished fermenting my first batch beer. Does this look… normal?
In that case, you're worrying way too soon. I wouldn't even think about that beer for at least another 2 weeks. In addition, the high fermentation temp will exacerbate the aromas you're smelling. Give it some time and you'll likely be fine.
Oct
20
comment Tea-like aroma in my beer
The "cat pee" thing is dependent on when the hops were harvested. I can't recall ever getting that from Simcoe personally. As to homebrewers not getting the best hops, that isn't necessarily true. The wholesalers who sell to homebrew retailers have the same chance at the same hops as anyone else who buys them.
Oct
19
comment What are the qualities to evaluate when purchasing a Burner for All-Grain brewing?
Thanks for that!
Oct
19
comment What are the qualities to evaluate when purchasing a Burner for All-Grain brewing?
Using a propane burner indoors is an invitation to disaster. Please don't do it.
Oct
17
comment Tea-like aroma in my beer
Technically one tab is good for 12 gal. I use half of one for 5.5 gal. batches. But I've used a whole tab in 5.5 gal. and not gotten any off flavors from it. With all the processing that's gone into it, it's hard to inagine that it would have any flavor.
Oct
11
comment Wort aeration on a budget
Until the fermenter is full of foam....usually about 2-3 min.
Oct
9
comment how long can i leave cider in fermentation bucket after it has stopped bubbling?
Yeah, the bubbling isn't that big a deal. I wouldn't store it warmer than room temp for any length of time, but room temp is fine for even a few months if you move it out of the bucket to something more impermeable to O2.
Oct
6
comment I forgot to put water in the airlock! What do I do now?
No, it doesn't hurt, but if your water is clean it doesn't help either.
Oct
4
comment I forgot to put water in the airlock! What do I do now?
You don't have to use "sanitized water only" in an airlock. AAMOF, I never do and I've never had a problem.
Oct
3
comment Camping stove as a wort heater
Over here we call it a "jet burner". I started with one of those but it didn't take me very long to switch. I then went to one of the sand cast burners which was more controllable and quieter. The one I linked to above is very powerful and nearly silent.
Sep
30
comment did i put too much yeast in?
Yep, I think you've found the problem! You're supposed to siphon the beer from om top of the "trub", leaving all that stuff behind in the fermenter. Live and learn.
Sep
29
comment did i put too much yeast in?
I can only make guesses. Maybe becasue there was no boil. Maybe because you boiled the hops in water, not wort. Boiling the hops in the wort causes the polyphenols in the hop to cause the proteins in the wort to "clump" and fall out more easily. since you didn't boil, yo didn't get that happening in your kettle where you could leave it behind. I dunno for sure...like I said, I'm just guessing. Have you made this beer before with different results?