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Sep
26
comment Can I reuse a failed starter?
For future reference, it is not unusual for smack packs that are more than a couple of months old to take a couple of days or more to swell. Four hours is enough only for very fresh packs (mfg < 2 weeks ago).
Aug
21
comment DIY BrewBug based offerings?
No, the BeerBug has a weight suspended by fishing line that is submerged in the wort. At the start of a batch, it must be tared, preferably by measuring the starting gravity with a standard hydrometer.
Aug
20
comment How do I extend my kegerator beer line run properly?
The fan guard is inside the kegerator in my unit, on the back wall near the top. It is just held in place with 4 phillips head screws. It's very easy to remove. I was planning to replace it with the wire guards I have seen on computer power supplies, but never got around to it.
Aug
19
comment How do I extend my kegerator beer line run properly?
Before you go to extreme measures... I bought a Bev-air commercial kegerator with a 3 tap tower and was very unhappy with the amount of compressor and fan noise. I called for service, and the first thing the tech did was to remove the fan guard. The noise instantly dropped to an acceptable level. I left it off and all is well. I am just very careful when moving kegs around to avoid the fan.
Aug
19
comment How do I extend my kegerator beer line run properly?
Pay special attention to the cooling requirements.
Aug
19
comment Would Yeast survive the temperatures of distillation and properly carbonate?
To add to that, you can add priming sugar and fresh yeast, at bottling.
Aug
5
answered What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?
Jul
23
comment Selecting yeasts
The yeast suppliers give some description of flavor characteristics on their websites. I use them to get an idea of what to try when I come across new strains that I have not pitched before.
Jul
23
comment Are Yeast Nutrients actually necessary for brewing Beer?
I have made hundreds of batches of beer over the past 20+ years without yeast nutrient and without fermentation problems. I'm a bit skeptical when the supplier telling you that you need it is making a profit from it. It probably doesn't do any harm, but IMHO it is definitely not necessary. Perhaps it would help to dry out a very high gravity beer.
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.