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Oct
20
comment Aging a naturally carbonated ale that was bottled from a keg
I'd mark this correct except that my understanding of the yeast is that is isn't dead, per se, but is rather "dormant". Those bottles of "the world's oldest drinkable beer" that they found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea are said to have "living yeast cultures" inside (story here: cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/09/03/baltic.sea.beer/… ). That said, my understanding is that yeast can act upon the hop oils and cause them to degrade over time, thus bringing out more of the malt flavor. I could be mistaken about this, however...
Oct
14
comment What kinds of beers are there that don't use hops?
What about Tej, African beer made with gesho root instead of hops. I've seen some places calling it "honey wine" and others calling it "honey beer". Dogfish Head calls it a honey beer on their Bitches Brew label. I've seen recipes with and without barley, wheat and other grains...
Oct
5
asked Aging a naturally carbonated ale that was bottled from a keg
Oct
4
answered Doing my first all grain batch this weekend. What are the key issues for me to follow/watch/do?
Jul
27
answered Detecting differences in the type of whiskey used to soak oak
Jul
27
answered Cleaning out beer lines
Jul
27
comment Secondary Fermentation In Bottling Bucket
I upvoted this. I've never heard of doing secondary for only 5 days for any brew. What's the point? The only good reasons to use a secondary in the first place is for better clarity, dry hopping, bulk aging, or adding oak/fruit/etc. None of this is called for in a Hefe.
Jul
27
answered What flavors can I expect with a late/whirlpool addition of Columbus hops?
Jul
13
answered Under-carbonated bottled beer
Jul
1
comment Are beer kits any good?
I gave ya' an upvote.
Jul
1
answered Are beer kits any good?
Jun
28
comment Shipping beer to fellow brewers
I was going to stress the "Yeast sample" part too. It's against most shipper regulations and federal law to ship alcohol without the proper licenses. But people do it all the time, and hardly ever get caught. It can't hurt to label the bottles as "yeast sample in liquid medium". I've always heard of people doing this, and I don't know if it'd hold up in court, but I say do it anyways!
Jun
24
comment Brewing Inspiration
There's been a movement for the CDA term on Twitter, mostly from people in the Pacific Northwest. I think it's crap. But "Black IPA" is sort of a paradox.
Jun
22
answered Brewing Inspiration
Jun
22
comment Brewing Inspiration
That sounds awesome. Brilliant idea!
Jun
15
comment Keeping a bottle of no-rinse sanitiser
Oh, c'mon brewchez, there are at least four of us!
Jun
15
comment How long can I leave beer in the secondary fermenter?
And to even further add to the style thing, there are a few high gravity styles (Imperial Stouts, Barleywines, etc.) that really benefit from long term conditioning in secondary. It can take a long time--maybe 4 months and higher--to attain the optimum flavors from those brews.
Jun
11
comment What's the difference between a corny keg and a pony keg?
There are a number of reasons homebrewers use Corny kegs. They may be easier to clean, but I don't think that's the primary reason. The main reason right now is that used Corny kegs are much more readily available. Corny kegs used to be the primary means of dispensing fountain soda, but most soda fountains now use bag-in-box soda syrup systems to dispense soda, so the corny kegs are being phased out in the soda market and are widely available for homebrewers to purchase used at great prices--$25 to $40ish.
Jun
4
comment What's a good session beer to serve cold?
Also, I'd add, RateBeer has a good serving temperature guide: ratebeer.com/story.asp?storyid=479
Jun
4
answered What's a good session beer to serve cold?