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Jul
14
comment What is the use of aromatic notes of bittering hop single-purpose?
@Luciano - Because the aroma/flavor of those hops is usually very harsh
Jul
11
comment What is the use of aromatic notes of bittering hop single-purpose?
Luciano - any hop will contribute bittering, flavor, and aroma, depending on the amount of time it spends in the boil. Single purpose bittering hops don't have the most appealing and/or apparent aroma or flavor. Single purpose aroma hops can be used for bittering, but you need large quantities because they typically have low AA% and so they are expensive to use as bittering.
Jul
7
comment Wyeast Smack Pack did not inflate
Yes, always check the manufacturing date to set your expectations of how quickly it will start.
Jul
1
comment Freezer stopped working while fermenting
Put ice in it. Freezing plastic bottles of water is one way to do it that won't create a mess when the ice melts. Your freezer essentially becomes a picnic cooler.
Jun
19
comment Make American 2-row taste like Pilsen
FWIW, when you taste a mainstream american lager, it doesn't taste as malty as a Bohemian or German pils because it is not all malt. Rice or corn are added as adjuncts to all of the mainstream American lagers.
Jun
19
comment Can I damage a grain mill by milling corn or sorghum?
Ask the manufacturer or supplier you purchased it from. Then if it has problems, you can rely on the warranty
May
27
comment Overflowing Airlock and Contamination
Beware of using small diameter blowoff tubes that would fit onto the airlock. They can clog and result in a much bigger mess than you will want to clean up.
May
21
comment How long do crushed grains last?
Remember that most local homebrew shops are not high-profit enterprises. Their prices may be bit higher, but you get the convenience of instant gratification when you need something for your brew. Support your LBHS! I buy grain by the sack from my LBHS to cut down on cost. You can buy your own mill and it will pay for itself over time.
May
20
answered Difficulty siphoning through counterflow chiller
May
20
comment Thermal expansion of wort
I agree with Scott. You need to figure out what is right for your system over time with experience. To start with, measure it using a marked stick or rod as the boil completes, and compare that with the volume after chilling. Most systems lose some wort too (left with the hops, inside a chiller, etc). You can measure it when close to finishing the boil, and adjust if necessary (add more water if too little or increase the intensity or length of the boil if too much).
May
20
comment How can one keg be overcarbonated on a 4-line setup when all the other beers pour just fine?
What temperature was the new keg at before you added it? Beer tends to absorb more CO2 as it cools.
May
20
comment A Bit Of Grainy/Sweet Flavor In My Imperial IPA
English pale malt works well too. Maris Otter, Golden Promise, etc.
May
19
comment Will this fermenter explode?
What size blow-off tube are you using? I use a 1" ID, which fits into the neck of my carboy, and there's no way that will block.
May
6
comment Oh… my back… (how do I brew with less heavy lifting?)
Put your mash tun on the dolly before filling. I.E., mash on the dolly.
May
6
answered Trimming back hops
May
6
comment High Gravity/Low Alcohol - How do I get there?
The title of your question is misleading. I think you mean 'Fuller body/Low Alcohol'.
Apr
30
comment High FG / Low Attenuation across 3 different beers
Did you notice the date on the package? They might have been sitting in the shop for weeks or months.
Apr
30
comment Inconsistencies in fermentables' ppg calculation
What rate of efficiency are you getting? Do you see big variations across malt varieties? IMHO, crush, mash thickness, and sparge time all affect efficiency a great deal.
Apr
30
answered High FG / Low Attenuation across 3 different beers
Apr
21
answered Which yeast and hops should I use to learn the distinctive taste of various grains?