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Jun
4
comment What yeasts are good for summer brewing?
Ugh. I still have about a case of this horrible banana beer than I fermented hot (75ish) with Belgian Strong Ale yeast. Way too estery, but maybe that's what was supposed to happen. Not my cup of tea (disgusting banana tea...)
Jun
4
comment Best beer styles for warm fermentation environment?
Saison is definitely best for hot climates. Check out Wyeast's Belgian Saison yeast, with ideal fermentation temps of 70 - 95 degrees: wyeastlab.com/rw_yeaststrain_detail.cfm?ID=60
Jun
3
answered What is a session beer?
May
28
answered The move from kit brewing to all grain brewing
May
18
answered Is there such a thing as malt-free beer?
May
18
answered Did I Break My Airlock?
May
12
comment Is there a more durable alternative to a plastic auto-siphon?
You can achieve this by sticking a tube all the way to the bottom of a bucket, letting the level rise to the top, and then coiling it downward around the outside edges of the bucket. If you close off the tube completely full, then attach it to your racking cane (which should at this point be in your beer), then it will empty out the tube and get enough power to pull the beer into your secondary and/or bottling bucket (or keg, for that matter).
May
12
comment Is there a more durable alternative to a plastic auto-siphon?
For best results, you need for your siphon tube to be full of liquid (sanitizer) without any air bubbles. Air bubbles in the siphon tube can lead to "hiccups" that will prevent the siphon action from starting. Yo
May
12
revised What can happened in a wheat beer with a lot of foam?
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May
12
answered What can happened in a wheat beer with a lot of foam?
May
4
comment Wyeast 1187 Ringwood Failure
What was the date on the package? If it was an old pack (packaged greater than 6 months ago), or wasn't stored in ideal conditions, you could have had low viability.
May
4
comment Wyeast 1187 Ringwood Failure
Ah yes, true, I forgot about that. Many of my early brews had that "green apple" flavor, and overpitching would explain it. However, it still isn't as bad as an underpitched batch. There is nothing more annoying that trying to brew a big beer and have it peter out at 5% with a final gravity of 1.045. The cloying sweetness of an under-attenuated beer is disgusting and unbearable. That said, one should use a pitching calculator and use the correct amount of yeast--provided that you take into account yeast viability (and even then the best you can do is estimate).
May
4
revised Dispensing beers at two different pressures?
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May
4
answered Homebrewing: Decoction Mashing
May
4
answered Dispensing beers at two different pressures?
May
4
comment Wyeast 1187 Ringwood Failure
. . . Unless you mean overpitching to the point that you lose all your beer to blowoff, but that would require a HUGE amount of yeast. I have to disagree with this answer.
May
4
comment Wyeast 1187 Ringwood Failure
Not true. If viability for the smack packs or the dry yeast was 100%, it "might" be enough for a 5 gallon batch of a somewhat low gravity. However, since this is almost never the case, you should always do a starter with Smack Packs or any other liquid yeast and it doesn't hurt to use an extra pack of dry yeast. Overpitching is NOT as dangerous as underpitching. Underpitching can lead to an under-attenuated batch and/or stuck fermentation. The only real harm in over-pitching is lower ester production, which can be a good thing in many cases. . .
Apr
30
answered Yeast Contact Time Experiment Results
Apr
30
comment How do you degas an empty Sanke Keg?
What do the up votes mean?? Brewchez is answering his own question. If someone is upvoting this as the best way to do it, they should comment here. Otherwise it just looks weird...just sayin'...
Apr
28
revised How do you degas an empty Sanke Keg?
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