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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 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.
1d
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?
Aug
1
comment Trouble Reaching My OG (Pre-Boil Was OK)
Did you hit your intended volume?
Jul
27
comment Cold brewed coffee
As long as you didn't add them to the boil, you may be OK. When I use coffee, I usually "dry bean" by adding 4-5 oz. of coarsely cracked beans to the secondary.
Jul
25
comment Testing bitterness during boil
I don't think it's so much hop particles in suspension as that as the beer ferments, interaction between the yeast and hops "tames" the bitterness.
Jul
23
comment Most simple type of beer to begin brewing?
This advice assumes you can find a Cooper's kit. I haven't seen one in years.
Jul
21
comment Specialty Grains, To boil or not to boil
Sorry for the confusion...I would AVOID boiling the grains. The only time that would be a good idea was if you were doing a decoction mash, and the circumstances for that are very different. (original comment now corrected)
Jul
21
comment Specialty Grains, To boil or not to boil
The reason that boiling grains works for decoction is becasue the pH is so low. If you're putting the grains into a large kettle of water, there won't be enough grain to buffer the pH and it will very likely remain high. That could lead to extraction of tannins from the grain. For that reason, I would avoid boiling the grain at all costs, unless you have a reason to do it and are certain that the pH is in the correct range.
Jul
20
comment Is brew with burned steeping bag safe to drink?
Yep, it you can't taste it now, it won't develop later.