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Feb
13
awarded  Quorum
Oct
28
comment Should I be disappointed?
I've heard a couple of newer brewers who sneak a taste out of the fermenter describe the taste as bitter, and I can also personally relate. I think it's a product of the temperature and the lack of carbonation. Cold dulls the sense of taste, and carbonation changes the sense of taste in its own way. I think the final beer often doesn't taste as bitter as the work-in-progress.
Oct
24
comment Online retailers for brown nipper bottles (187 mL)?
paint often has a tough time adhering to nice shiny glass.
Oct
24
awarded  Supporter
Oct
18
comment Measuring specific gravity without sampling
@TobiasPatton care to share how?
Sep
28
answered How do I make my ginger beer SPICY?
Jul
11
comment Potential causes of unreliable pre-boil gravity measurement
@hartski, I add water during boil to avoid any contamination issues. For this reason, many technique books talk about adding cold, pre-boiled water post-boil to make up volume. I find that I never end up having this cold, pre-boiled water on hand, so i just add water as I boil. I've marked the inside of my brewpot in 1/2 gal increments, and I use this for volume estimation.
Jul
11
comment Potential causes of unreliable pre-boil gravity measurement
Good point on the shrinkage. 4% could definitely contribute to the error that I'm seeing.
Jul
11
awarded  Student
Jul
10
asked Potential causes of unreliable pre-boil gravity measurement