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Hacking Java for money, Erlang for knowledge

Jan
17
comment Bottling Rhythm and efficiency
My daughter helps me. She fills the bottles and I cap and store them. She also helps sanitize (I have a vinator and drying rack that I expanded so it holds a full batch worth of bottles). It goes pretty quickly. Do you have any interested friends or family members you could recruit to set up an assembly line?
Oct
18
answered How do I ferment homemade brewed tea - a black tea
Oct
4
answered Adding water to wort to get desired volume
Oct
1
comment First time without a kit
If you use a grain bag, don't do what I did and tie it off close to the grain. I had a packed mass of grain and the water didn't circulate through it well, and I missed my OG by almost ten points because of the resulting poor efficiency.
Oct
1
answered Too long in Primary Fermentation?
Oct
1
comment Too long in Primary Fermentation?
I've heard that autolysis is usually only a problem in commercial breweries, because the weight of hundreds of gallons of beer focused on a small yeast cake in a conical fermenter will actually kill the yeast.
Oct
1
answered Adding flavour to standard kit
Oct
1
comment Adding cherries to an imperial stout
I'd also recommend pasteurizing any fruit before you add it to your beer. Heat it to 170, cover, remove from the heat and let it sit for five minutes. The go ahead and put it in your secondary and rack on top of it.
Oct
1
comment What is the correct way to sanatise plastic pet bottles?
Most no-rinse sanitizers only work when they're wet, so you want to bottle before the sanitizer dries.
Sep
26
awarded  Yearling
Aug
12
answered Cold water extraction of hop flavors from fresh hops?
Jul
10
answered What are some effective, cheap, easy ways to clean and re-use bottles?
Jun
12
answered How big of a Noob am I? Or, What to Do when You spill a stir-bar in your 5-gallon bucket
Jun
5
comment Oxidization during transfer
On my second batch I transferred to secondary and left the end of the siphon hose dangling a good 6-8" above the bottom of the carboy, and didn't realize it until I'd transferred about a gallon. I got a fair amount of bubbles, but the brew turned out just fine. So there's hope!
Jun
3
comment Why an erlynmeyer flask?
@DougEdey: I'll bet you have -- Pyrex measuring cups. They may not be laboratory-grade, but they're certainly thermal-shock resistant.
Jun
3
comment How long to dry hop, then when to bottle and taste?
You don't have to wait that long before tasting, I typically crack open one of my brews after only a week. They're carbed enough to enjoy, and it's fun to taste the way they change as they age.
Apr
10
answered Is the Blichmann burner worth the money?
Jan
28
answered What are the practical differences between leaf hops and hop pellets?
Dec
17
comment How do you prevent boil-overs?
+1 for blowing on it. I did this in a panic once and was amazed that it worked. Don't know if it's a function of my pot shape (it's wider than it is tall) but all it takes is blowing on it for 2-3 seconds and it's under control. When I had a smaller pot I could snatch it off the heat fairly easily, but now I'm doing full-volume boils in a 10G pot so it'd be a bit more challenging.
Dec
17
comment What are the easiest and hardest commercial beer bottles to re-use for homebrew?
The bulk of my bottles originally came with either Steam or Porter in them, and they're the only ones I have trouble with. I usually wind up snapping the neck on one of them every batch I bottle.