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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.
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
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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.