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I am primarily an all-grain brewer, and I mostly brew recipes of my own design. I like brewing at a small-batch scale (2.5 gallons and less) because they allow me to brew on my countertop and more frequently. I can experiment without having to risk ending up with 5+ gallons of a failed batch. My gateway beers into homebrewing were Summit's Extra Pale Ale and Great Northern Porter.


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).
Nov
3
comment Attempting a partial mash - what grain bill?
I believe the answer is 2.13 kg of Maris Otter, but it would be fine if someone wanted to double-check my math.
Nov
3
answered Attempting a partial mash - what grain bill?
Nov
1
answered Bottling high gravity FG barley wine
Oct
30
comment Belgium clones leffe brune
Are you looking for an extract or all-grain recipe?
Oct
29
comment Cherry/Cough syrup off flavor
re: Band-aids -- LOl, true, few have eaten Band-aids. But it's more that the beer smells and tastes like Band-aids smell. Maybe I should have been more clear. +1 on link on preparing tap water. We also have a post on removing chlorine on StackExchange.
Oct
29
comment Cherry/Cough syrup off flavor
This is a solid hypothesis, except that I will note that chlorophenols can also be formed from chlorine or chloramine in tap water used in brewing. Chlorophenols give a medicinal off-flavor that remind many people of Band-aids or Chloroseptic. In fact, these two are the most common flaws I see in beginner's homebrews: fruity or hot alcohol esters from too-high fermentation temps, and chlorophenols formed because the brewer did not dechlorinate their tap water.
Oct
29
comment Confectioners sugar for priming?
It is probably dextrose/corn sugar. I prefer white table sugar (sucrose) for priming because it is cheap, reliable, and readily-available.
Oct
29
comment How should I upgrade equipment from a Mr. Beer kit?
@rjbergen I agree that OP should get a bigger kettle if his or her budget allows it, and 10 gallons would be ideal. But to lay out the minimum equipment requirement, 5 gallons suffices for partial-boil extract brewers.
Oct
29
comment How large of a Kettle to brew 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches? (All Grain)
@Denny, well to be clear, I am recommending 10-gal. kettle for a 5-gal. batch, and saying 8-2/3 is sort of a bare minimum for that size batch. I think we are in agreement as to the best practice.
Oct
26
comment What is the largest size batch that can be boiled with an Induction cooktop on a 120v outlet?
My calculations unrealistically assume no loss from radiation, so I am assuming the lid is already on.
Oct
26
comment What yeast is in White Labs WLP080 Cream Ale Blend?
The rumor is that it is a blend of WLP 810 (San Francisco Lager) and WLP 029 (Kolsch/German Ale). The WLP 810 is a great floccer. White Labs identifies WLP 029 as medium flocculation.
Oct
26
answered solidifying yeast in bottles
Oct
26
answered How should I upgrade equipment from a Mr. Beer kit?
Oct
26
answered How large of a Kettle to brew 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches? (All Grain)
Oct
26
answered What is the largest size batch that can be boiled with an Induction cooktop on a 120v outlet?
Oct
22
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