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Oct
24
answered When is fermentation done
Oct
24
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Oct
24
comment Make a kit brew better?
If you're going to add DME, then you'll need to add hops to maintain the balance, and those hops should be added at the beginning of the boil. For a pound of DME I'd suggest half an ounce of EKG, with another ounce at five minutes. If you're doing a full-volume boil, add the DME at the beginning. If you're just doing a 2-3 gallon boil, you can add it at flameout.
Oct
24
answered Experimenting, Priming Sugars
Oct
16
comment A way get scum out when making mead without boiling?
I've used a paint strainer for BIAB brewing and they're much more porous than a dishtowel. If you use a "flour sack"-type towel, they're practically lint-free. I'm guessing a paint strainer would trap 90% of the scum, but not all.
Oct
15
comment Cleaning Fermenter
I find that sticking a shop rag or other smallish bit of cloth in the carboy with some PBW or OxyClean and some warm water does wonders for getting the gunk out.
Oct
15
awarded  Supporter
Oct
12
answered Can I use liquid nitrogen to cool my wort?
Oct
8
comment Do I need to rack to a new vessel for a secondary (fruit) fermentation
@alsothings: Note that John Palmer has reversed his earlier view on secondaries; pick up the current (third) edition of How To Brew for his current recommendation.
Oct
4
comment Stuck Mash — New LHBS
I have heard that it makes conversion go faster, but I don't really know. Maybe they're catering to the BIAB crowd?
Oct
3
comment Is hop harvesting before first frost necessary?
Really? I thought people stored their hops in the freezer. Or is it a repeated freeze/thaw cycle that does it?
Oct
3
answered Stuck Mash — New LHBS
Aug
30
comment Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Mashing
Just be sure your oven works properly at low temps. My old oven thermostat was only really accurate between 325 and 425. I can't even set a temp below 170 on my current oven.
Aug
30
answered Why is a quiet environment recommended?
Aug
7
answered What solution of hard alcohol is sufficient to sanitize and infuse something for addition to a fermenting beer?
Jul
26
awarded  Teacher
Jul
25
answered Adding Vanilla Extract?
Jul
25
comment Brew In A Bag one-gallon batch?
Your brew kettle doesn't have to be stainless, aluminium works just as well and is often cheaper. See if you have a restaurant supply store in your area. You can also use paint strainer bags for a grain bag ($3 for 3 bags at a home center).
Jul
23
comment All grain - is full wort boil absolutely necessary?
They BOIL in a plastic bucket? How does that work? Some kind of heating element suspended in the center?
Jul
23
comment Brew In A Bag one-gallon batch?
I actually just picked up one of the BBS kits this weekend, and I'm going to BIAB sometime this week. As far as I can tell, all I need to do is put the grains in a bag and then drop that bag into five quarts of water. Mash for about an hour at 152, remove the bag, then boil as directed. Certainly seems easy enough, hopefully everything works out.