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asked How do I determine the freshness of malt & hops?
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comment Any suggestions / stories on heather ale brewing?
This is a great answer and I am interested to see what comes of the heather beer. I just brewed a "classic" gruit with yarrow, mugwort, marsh rosemary, & sweet gale based on a recipe from that gruit house site you mention. It sounds like these kinds of beers really benefit from aging, so I'm going to let it go a few months before trying it.
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accepted Any suggestions / stories on heather ale brewing?
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comment What is a good definition of beer?
I agree -- the Reinheitsgebot is just a German definition of beer; and one I find quite stultifying and, well, very "German". It really has nothing to do with the overall definition of what beer is.
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comment Choosing a yeast for ginger beer
What is your sugar source?
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comment Sweet sparkling cider without pasteurizing, sulphites or lactose
This is a good solution! I think I'll try this for the harvest season.
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comment How do you malt your own barley?
As a little bit of an aside, I'd probably want to buy the barley from a feed store (as in farm animal feed store) because you can get a 50lb sack of barley for $15 or so. Then your experimentations will not be so inexpensive!
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comment Choosing a yeast for ginger beer
I disagree.. I don't think that question is about the same kind of ginger beer? I did see that question before I asked this.. it certainly is not answered or asked well if it is a duplicate.
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comment Undershooting OG in all-grain brewing
Hm, I think it could be geometry then because I had to add some water to the boil to get the right amount of wort for the boil. I would think if I added 4 gallons of strike water, the grains would soak up more than just one quart? I know in the case of this brew, it soaked up significantly more than 1 qt.. maybe like you say, closer to a gallon. So I guess I need to find a way to leave less in the mashtun. What would suggest I look at?
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