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Apr
15
answered Kegging and less-than-keg-sized batches
Apr
6
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
30
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
6
comment What to Do with Six Pack Boxes
I don't think that's waxy coating. Waxy coating would be like the boxes cucumbers come in at the grocery store. They're corrugated cardboard literally coated in wax.
Feb
20
accepted Any difference between lagering dubbel at 36F versus 45-50F?
Feb
20
accepted What's the best way to rack beer off of fruit?
Feb
8
answered Aerating When Moving from Mash tun to Boil Pot
Feb
5
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
27
comment Yeast Starter Stopper & Sanitization
Good answer. I didn't check your math, but WYeast smack packs are labeled as containing 100B cells, not 150B. White Labs states that their vials contain between 75 and 150 billion cells. These numbers are when the vial is produced. It's worth noting that viability goes down quickly over time. 6 weeks after production, only about 65% of those cells are viable.
Jan
23
answered How difficult are the plate-based wort chiilers to clean? Do they require filtration before the wort goes through them?
Jan
20
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Jan
19
comment What should I expect from re-mashing malt extract?
"Wellllllllllll... here's the thing:" Jamil was actually talking about re-mashing the extract. He said to add merely 1 lb of 2-or-6 row to your entire kettle of extract and water and mini-mash at 148F to increase the fermentability of extract. According to him, the amylase enzymes from the malt will be released into the water and will further break down the sugars in the extract, creating a very fermentable nearly-all-extract wort. It's at 27:50: s125483039.onlinehome.us/archive/Jamil12-31-07.mp3
Jan
19
comment Risk/Reward Question: Should you leave the lid off while chilling wort that is high in DMS?
+1. I always chill with the lid off. I use an immersion chiller, so the lid wouldn't be able to fully cover the kettle. And I stir frequently, so I'd have to keep taking the lid off to do that. I just leave it off. Having the lid off for the 20 minutes it takes to chill the wort does not bother me.
Jan
18
comment First batch. Tons of bubbling first day and half, little to none now
Good answer, but I'd like to add a caveat to "Airlock bubbles do indicate active fermentation." The airlock can continue to bubble after fermentation has finished due to off-gassing. The active fermentation filled the beer with CO2, and the CO2 will continue to come out of solution for quite some time after fermentation has finished. So airlock activity tells you that fermentation is taking place or has already taken place. It isn't necessarily still active.
Jan
18
comment Vegan option for lactose?
The idea is good, but winemakers don't kill yeast with campden (potassium metabisulfite). The yeast is stunned into submission using a combination of potassium sorbate and potassium metabisulfite. It's the sorbate that stops fermentation; the k-meta merely helps the sorbate to be more effective.
Jan
8
awarded  Yearling
Dec
2
answered after fermentation (carboy) if I put it in the fridge what do with the air-lock?
Nov
23
comment How can I permanently mark my carboys?
+1 for the burninator's answer. There's a good thread over on that big homebrew forum with lots of pictures of how people etched their carboys.
Oct
19
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Sep
19
comment Fast versus Slow Fermentation
I personally wouldn't add any fining agents at this point. I'd avoid it if the cider doesn't need it. If it doesn't fall clear on its own, then you can consider fining.