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Jul
13
comment Will a “pink bubblegum medicine” flavor dissipate?
Anecdotal, I know, but we brewed the dubbel recipe from Brewing Classic Styles and followed Jamil's ramping schedule precisely and ended up with a very clean tasting beer where the malt & candi sugar character dominates.
Jul
4
comment Fruit beer: should I allow it to ferment out completely?
You're right, actually. Kegging it and getting it cold will slow the yeast enough that it won't ferment out so long as you drink it quickly. Some yeast will continue to work at 45F, but only the very hardiest and they won't work very quickly. So, yeah, kegging and chilling it will effectively halt fermentation. Leave it for a year and it will ferment out, but drink it in a few weeks and it won't.
Jul
3
answered Fruit beer: should I allow it to ferment out completely?
Jun
29
comment Is there an optimal bottle size?
Well, I give beer to people in hope they'll be my friends. (bit.ly/h2m9Yw)
Jun
29
answered Is there an optimal bottle size?
Jun
15
answered Can I use fructose as a priming sugar and how much should I use?
Jun
14
comment Three-finger head but tastes flat?
If the glassware is really gunky, like with chunks all over it, those would serve as nucleation sites for the CO2 to come out of suspension, like a small-scale diet coke & mentos trick. However, I want to think that Bob Banks isn't using glassware covered in chunks. The more common issue with glassware is soap residue, which is oily and has the effect Graham describes - little to no head and no head retention.
Jun
14
comment Three-finger head but tastes flat?
I'm with Graham when he asks, "How long has the beer been bottled?" If it has only been in the bottle for a week or two, it's likely that the yeast are done with the priming sugar, but the CO2 isn't well integrated into the beer yet. I have found all of my brews suffer in the way you describe when I open them too early - all head and no carbonation. Wait another week or three and you'll get a 1-2 finger head atop a perfectly fizzy brew.
Jun
13
comment Does keeping a beer cold significantly preserve fresh hop aroma?
Cheers. Next batch, take one sixer and label each bottle with a drink-on date. Date one to be drank four weeks after conditioning finishes, six weeks, eight weeks, etc. Then stick them in the back of the fridge. When you reach for a beer, you'll see those dated stickers and, if you're strong, won't touch the beer until it's time.
Jun
13
answered How do you malt your own barley?
Jun
11
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Jun
10
comment sediment at the bottom of brew
"A quick Google on the name tells me that this is an add water, sugar and yeast kit..." They're pretty popular down under. They call it "Kit & Kilo" brewing - as in "start with this kit and add a kilo of sugar."
Jun
10
answered Does keeping a beer cold significantly preserve fresh hop aroma?
Jun
9
comment Using commercial (breakfast) cereals in a mash
I find that fruit loops taste a lot like corander seeds. Or, rather, when I smell coriander seeds, I think of fruit loops. Both are estery, with a slight sweet citrus smell to them. It would be interesting to compare a dry-looped beer to one that was dry-coriandered...
Jun
8
answered How many times can I re-use oak cubes?
Jun
2
comment Which pieces of brewing equipment seem like a good idea to buy, but are of limited usefulness?
Buckets pick up stains and smells from beer, too, but these colors and smells don't transfer to subsequent batches. I use buckets in winemaking to press into. After two days, I rack off the gross lees into carboys. I ferment red wine in plastic, too, but not buckets. I use Brute garbage cans for that.
Jun
2
comment How much does heat affect beer?
It is not illegal to ship beer. It is illegal to ship beer via the USPS, but UPS, FedEx, etc. allow it. Whether or not you can ship it into or out of your state using a private courier varies from state to state.
May
31
comment Which pieces of brewing equipment seem like a good idea to buy, but are of limited usefulness?
The old "buy cheap, buy twice" argument. I subscribe to it.
May
31
comment Which pieces of brewing equipment seem like a good idea to buy, but are of limited usefulness?
I just bought three new 6 gallon carboys and forewent the neck handles. I don't like 'em for the same reasons you stated.
May
29
comment Which pieces of brewing equipment seem like a good idea to buy, but are of limited usefulness?
This from the guy who wrote the book (er, web site) on batch sparging!