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Jun
15
answered Better Bottle carboy vs. generic PET carboy
Jun
15
comment Hydrometer broke, no original gravity
In fact, (1) if it is a extract + steeping grains kit recipe that lists the (2) you were able to get substantially all of the liquid and dry malt extract into the wort, (3) you were able to get the wort into the fermentor without spilling any substantial amounts, and (4) you topped off to the proper recipe volume, then you can pretty much assume your OG is the same as (or very close to) the kit's estimated OG. This makes the safe assumption that the company that packed your kit measured the extract volumes/weights correctly.
Jun
15
answered Why is the primary stage of fermentation of wine important?
Jun
15
comment How to remove/service static relief valve on a pin lock keg?
The OP's picture shows a PRV on a pin-lock corney keg, which has no pull ring, but you are talking about the PRV on a ball-lock corney keg, which does have a pull-ring.
Jun
15
comment Is it bad to let air into my primary fermenter?
While CO2 is technically heavier than air, the small forces that cause it to occupy its whole volume vastly outweigh the force of gravity. This is why the gases present in ordinary air in a sealed room at STP (standard temperature and pressure) don't layer into their individual components. In fact, O2 will slowly infiltrate into "sealed" beer bottles against two or more volumes of pressure, which is one reason why crown-capped bottles of vintage ale age over time.
Mar
17
comment I just had my Big Mouth Bubbler carboy shatter, now I'm terrified
@winwaed -- I haven't tried them out, but the brew haulers/webbing seem to be quite different.
Jan
14
comment refilling 5 liter Newcastle mini keg's
.@Pepi is correct as to Heineken and Newcastle. However, other mini-kegs do not have the post inside (e.g., Bells' Oberon and Warsteiner lager), and you can also buy new 5L mini-kegs from many homebrew supply stores.
Jan
13
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Jan
13
answered What is the difference between Caramel Malts and Crystal Malts?
Dec
29
comment how long can I stay in an open primary fermentation?
Whenever any glass cracks or breaks, I would consider any beer that touched or was open to the glass to be dangerous to consume, and I would dump it.
Dec
29
answered How does the fermentation schedule look when adding flavor elements?
Dec
29
comment How does the fermentation schedule look when adding flavor elements?
I am not aware of such a guide. Randy Mosher is a noted expert on adding spices, fruits, and other adjuncts to beer, and he has published a book called "Radical Brewing" that contains many useful tables.
Dec
29
answered Zymurgy, Oenology … but what about spirits? What's the “ten penny” word for still masters?
Dec
29
comment Zymurgy, Oenology … but what about spirits? What's the “ten penny” word for still masters?
Those who are into beer making are brewers, not zymurgists.
Dec
15
answered How much Chloride in PPM is too much for All Grain?
Dec
1
comment Packing Beer on a Plane
I have brought numerous 12-packs in checked luggage with no problem. I get an extra case box from the liquor store, rip up and place pieces of cardboard between the bottles so they don't touch, and then stuff my socks and underwear in the open spaces. Then I put it in the center of my normal checked bag, with clothes surrounding it. I can't imagine it would be any different with a full case. But trying to ship a box outside of a suitcase seems difficult because you will need to pad the case box.
Nov
17
comment How much grain will fit in a 16 liter kettle?
Are you looking to store dry grain, hold wet grain, or to do a mash?
Nov
12
comment green apple esters recipes
I don't think the acetaldehyde will come through in any cooking, and I believe that alothough it is miscible with ethanol and alcohol, that a significant amount will volatilize and evaporate, and any remaining amount will be imperceptible in food. So I would try any recipe that works well with your style of beer.
Nov
12
answered Is it possible to do pressurized fermentation in a mini keg?
Nov
12
comment Aerating wort with an air pump. What's the proper gallon rating?
@fthinker There was a lab-quality study done by a micro using 250ml reference worts in Ehlrenmeyer flasks and various methods of aeration, measuring with a dissolved oxygen meter. Surprisingly, they were able to get to 8-10 ppm of O2 by 45 seconds of vigorous shaking. The caveat is that it is a lot easier to shake 250ml than 19L. I use a tennis ball in the punt of PET carboys, and if I time my rocking correctly, I can get a prodigious amount of air into solution -- you can see it come out of solution as extremely fine bubbles (sort of like the foam that rises in a Guinness).