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bio website brewathon.com
location Milwaukee, WI
age 29
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I have been brewing since 2009, with every attempt to expand and improve since. Also helped found a Milwaukee, WI based brew club, Brewathon, in 2011.

Always Brewing.


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comment Temperature for fermenting a hybrid (california common)
RE: 'lager' characteristics, I would classify these as being primarily clarity and smoothness. Both of these a lager provides, and the higher your ferment temp, the more these will be lost. Though, someone else may care to elaborate a bit further. RE: temp variations, I believe the biggest losers here are the yeast. The yeast behaves differently at different temps, giving you no consistency (or control) in the development of your beer's overall profile. Happy Yeast = Happy Beer. Keep the yeast happy...and safe inside your house.
Jul
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comment Temperature for fermenting a hybrid (california common)
RE: how long until equalization, I would keep a thermometer in the tub and check it once in the morning, and once at night. Based on my limited knowledge and experience with physics calculations, it would make sense that you'll be 'freshening up' your bath once a day (based on using a 20 gallon tub). Obviously, bigger the tub, the less attention you'll have to give it.
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answered Temperature for fermenting a hybrid (california common)
Jul
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comment What to expect from “Mash” Hopping?
@mdma - but then you are pushing those oils through a 60 minute boil, assuming they make it out of the mash tun and into the brewpot. Would those oils survive the boil?
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awarded  Scholar
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accepted What to expect from “Mash” Hopping?
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comment What to expect from “Mash” Hopping?
This is what I was suspicious of. I figured if anything, whatever oils came out through the mash, would then act as a bittering addition. Due to your actual experimentation, this answer seems good enough for me at this point.
Jul
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comment Does carbonation method impact beer flavor?
Molasses is another good example (perhaps better). The thing with Honey and Molasses is, ya the majority of them IS fermentable, but the flavor left behind is very distinct and detectable in certain beer styles. What also complicates things is the yeast used...some yeast is just far more ruthless when it comes to fermenting sugars (i.e. some Mead yeasts and Champagne Yeast).
Jul
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comment What is the oily film on the top of my kit beer
+1 on "...relax, have a different homebrew". However, as long as your yeast hasn't been taken out by any yeastie hit men, you should have a pretty good idea of what you'll be getting in a final product after 10 days in fermentation, especially for a cream ale. If anything, you should taste an over sweetness, as opposed to bitter flavorless-ness.
Jul
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comment What is the oily film on the top of my kit beer
Any other details you can provide? Was this All-Grain or Extract? Did you taste when you transferred? Did you take any gravity readings?
Jul
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comment Cleaning & sanitizing NPT and weldless fittings
Any fitting which is attached to the brewpot (internal or external due to heat conduction) for the duration of the boil do not need to be sanitized. Anything else (i.e. plate chiller, external pumps not used for the boil) I would recommend sanitizing.
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comment Cleaning & sanitizing NPT and weldless fittings
+1 Just give the kettle a good scrub. No need to sanitize, no need to complicate.
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answered Does carbonation method impact beer flavor?
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asked What to expect from “Mash” Hopping?
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answered How do you calculate how much extract to add if you don't hit your target gravity pre-boil?