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Software Developer - currently working in the Microsoft ASP.NET Stack with C#, MVC, JavaScript, CSS, HTML


Nov
14
answered How long do I need to carbonate a keg?
Nov
9
answered Any special considerations (besides taste) when brewing with mineral water?
Nov
9
comment Can fermenting temperatures affect a beer's taste?
Very good points (although some British yeasts like S-04 do throw diff flavors when cold, but its an edge case). Ethan, I'd suggest using US-05, which is a dry yeast version of 1056. Its not just close to 1056, its the same strain, just in dry form. Its cheaper and easier to work with.
Nov
9
answered Can fermenting temperatures affect a beer's taste?
Nov
9
comment Water quality and its contribution to off-flavors
FWIW, This subject was complicated enough to push me into brewing with all Reverse Osmosis water and adding back minerals from that base. There's no "simple" chart or table for water chemistry management. Plus, some municipalities publish averages in their report, and there can be very high fluctuations in the water on a day to day basis if they have to route water differently.
Nov
7
comment Starter Chill, Decant, Pitch - Why no problem with Temp Shock?
Cool. And no one knows of any strains that need to be handled differently? Excluding the bizarre world of souring cultures, I'm just curious if any Sach. strains require different handling in the starter.
Nov
4
comment Homebrewing and Arduino
It is a very cool trick baka. The geek in me is impressed. But you KNOW if people started doing it, they'd use the gas data as a measure of "fermentation activity" which is problematic.
Nov
4
accepted Starter Chill, Decant, Pitch - Why no problem with Temp Shock?
Nov
3
asked Starter Chill, Decant, Pitch - Why no problem with Temp Shock?
Nov
2
comment Homebrewing and Arduino
This is massive overkill and probably inaccurate. The rate of bubbling measures nothing significant in fermentation that I can think of really, and more importantly, your numbers won't mean crap because you won't know if you have less bubbling that you should due to a: leaky gasket, loose airlock, leaky lid, etc. I've had batches in buckets that were fermenting like crazy and the airlocks were barely moving because the pressure was escaping some other way.
Oct
31
comment Which sweeteners are good
"raspberry and cactus pear ciders" YUM. I expect an invitation to the next party.
Oct
31
comment Permanent Bottle Labels
If you spend $15,000 on an etcher just for your bottles, then you probably have a homebrew problem...
Oct
26
comment Are there any particular steps to fixing a batch of beer with extra trub / hot-break, or should it settle (as best as possible) on its own?
Glad to hear your opinion on this Denny. I don't separate my trub, even with lagers, and have very clear beers after minimal lagering. Sometimes less work equals better results.
Oct
24
answered Is rapid wort chilling always needed?
Oct
24
comment Is rapid wort chilling always needed?
Freezing does not kill all the microbes, but if you use pure water, like from a sealed water jug, then you are fine. I did this technique a few times myself and it works pretty well for extract & partial mash brewing.
Oct
11
comment What's a good first equipment buy after a basic starter kit?
@Max Forget the tutorial, I don't trust my wiring skills :) Set up shop and sell them for $30!
Oct
11
comment What's a good first equipment buy after a basic starter kit?
@Max - The standard Johnson analog temp controller retails for $60-ish. If you know of a cheaper option, lemme know!
Oct
11
comment What's a good first equipment buy after a basic starter kit?
A $4 Instant Read thermometer is more than sufficient for all grain brewing.
Oct
10
comment What's a good first equipment buy after a basic starter kit?
I totally agree (and up-voted accordingly) however if this guy is on the fence and still "considering" buying an auto-syphon ($10 maybe?) or a carboy ($30-40) then he probably won't be able to shell out the $60-70 for the temp controller and $25-75 for the fridge...
Oct
7
comment Is it important to weigh down a hop bag for dry-hopping?
Ohhh that's clever.