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comment Mold on wort pre-pitch
I wouldn't leave wort exposed to air for even an hour, let alone a few. I know no chill brewing is popular right now, but I don't think it's a best practice, even if the wort is sealed up. Yeast production tend to overwhelm the few stray critters you normally get.
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comment Mold on wort pre-pitch
I agree, toss it. Sorry man. Upvoted.
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comment Keeping my pale ale “pale”
Graham's comment is a good one, but put it into a beer calculator. Changing the amount of boil and malt changes the hop extraction quite a bit and you may miss IBU targets without recipe adjustments that take the new method into account.
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answered Can Infected beer cause death or major illness?
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comment off flavors and sanitizing/scratched plastic
My understanding is that the sanitizer simply doesn't get into some of these scratches, microbubbles can form that dissipate later, exposing the beer. Can I give you scientific proof? Nope. Nor can I disprove it, which is why I don't discount it as a possible problem. I'd hate to lead anyone astray by claiming it isn't possible for scratched fermenters to be an issue and then be wrong about it.
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comment Rust in a plastic fermenter?
Lots of folks brew in their kitchen and can't use iodine based solutions because they can't risk staining the counter-tops. People with flow-through septic systems can't use it either. One-step and Star San are what most brewers I know use.
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comment How to avoid a boozy flavor in high-gravity beers
Brewchez, as always, is correct. :-) I would also add that high gravity beers need time to come into their own. That "hot" alcohol taste does fade with time. Most high-gravity beers I make age for at least a year before consumption. It really smooths those beers out.
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comment Ever made a “hop tea” to balance an overly malty beer?
Agree with Brewchez. Upvote.
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comment How do I clean a 5 gallon root beer keg?
Baka's got this one. If they are Sanke kegs, an overnight soak in PBW will make them whistle-clean. Upvoted.