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Apr
13
answered How full can I fill my bottles?
Apr
13
answered What is the purpose of dry hopping in intervals (multiple additions)?
Apr
13
answered What are good ways to reduce oxygen after racking a beer?
Apr
13
answered Which malts have the highest SMM (precurser of DMS) content?
Apr
13
answered Yeasty Tasting Pale Ale
Apr
13
comment Yeasty Tasting Pale Ale
Which yeast strain? How long did you ferment for?
Feb
10
awarded  Revival
Jan
3
comment Beer Lost Through Blow Off Tube
Whatever your solution, Northern Brewer Chris makes a good point in recommending Fermcap-S. The stuff is amazing. Also great for preventing boil-overs during the boil.
Jan
3
comment When should you measure and adjust mash pH?
Personally, I'd wait to get into water chemistry until I had a few batches under my belt, unless you suspect there to be problems with your water source. It's a giant can of worms that you may wish to hold off on for your first all grain batch. There are so many other things to worry about, and you'll be left wondering if your changes to the water affected the outcome in good or bad ways. That said, if you feel like you have a good handle on the elements involved in adjusting the water chemistry, by all means have at it. Just saying that personally I'd hold off on it.
Jan
3
answered Brewers on Twitter
Jan
3
awarded  Yearling
Dec
23
comment Cleaning bottles - What's a good cleaning agent?
Tobi, I just follow the instructions as to how much to use (not sure off-hand). Doesn't take much though!
Dec
19
answered Cleaning bottles - What's a good cleaning agent?
Nov
9
comment Kegging at basement temperature
Brewchez is right--you gotta get it nice and cold first. Besides, if you're going to be kegging, aren't you going to want a kegerator? I recommend checking to see if there is a freecycle community in your area (www.freecycle.org). I got my fridge for free, holds two corny kegs nicely with extra room for the CO2 tank.
Nov
9
comment Can Star San kill yeast in the secondary carboy?
If you have uneven carbonation between different bottles from the same batch you may have had uneven levels of priming sugar in the bottling bucket. Might help to stir up the batch after adding the priming sugar to make sure it is distributed evenly.
Oct
28
answered Can Star San kill yeast in the secondary carboy?
Oct
25
answered should i stir this (possibly stuck) batch or not?
Oct
25
accepted Aging a naturally carbonated ale that was bottled from a keg
Oct
25
comment Aging a naturally carbonated ale that was bottled from a keg
I read a few other things that have led me to agree with you. The barleywine has been kegged and carbed. Going to let it settle out even further, pour out any settled yeast, and then bottle when it's crystal clear. Thanks for the response, marking this one answered.
Oct
20
comment Growlers v 12oz Bottles
Bill has explained this well. It's also worth mentioning that in the initial fermentation process that the fermenting wort expels enough CO2 to keep out the unwanted microbes (Ken mentions that it was done this way during the "initial fermentation", so I'm assuming it was transferred to a sealed container or bottled after this). After a few days to a week of the initial fermentation, however, the chances of microbes getting in increases greatly.