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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!
May
27
answered Which pieces of brewing equipment seem like a good idea to buy, but are of limited usefulness?
May
27
comment Ever made a “hop tea” to balance an overly malty beer?
I'm not going to post an answer because I like brewchez's, but you might want to try making some hop vodka that you can add to each pint at serving time. stempski.com/hop_vodka.php
May
26
comment How to get clearer and more clarified home-brewed beers?
@Denny: True, provided the brewer has learned good racking technique so as not to transfer primary trub to his bottling bucket and subsequently to his bottles. If he hasn't, a secondary can serve as a crutch to get clearer beer, but he risks oxidation and infection in pursuit of cosmetic gains.
May
26
comment How to get clearer and more clarified home-brewed beers?
I upvoted nearly every answer on this question, as they all offer good advice for various ways to clarify your beer. There is no silver bullet, and there is no one correct answer to this question. As such, I suggest making this a community wiki.
May
26
comment How much does heat affect beer?
Furthermore, "stale" isn't a binary condition. At 115F, it won't be fine for two weeks then suddenly be stale. It will start getting worse immediately, and at some point will cross the fuzzy "undrinkable" threshold.
May
26
comment How much does heat affect beer?
Seconded. The rule of thumb is every 10 degree C increase in temperature doubles the rate of staling. (Source: Dr. Charlie Bamforth has stated this several times, such as on Brew Strong). So if your beer takes one year to stale at 0C, it will take 6 months at 10C, 3 months at 20C, etc. A hot car can easily reach 45C (~115F), which would require about a two weeks to stale, assuming it stales in one year at 0C. There's more at play than just temperature, but this is a nice general rule to keep in mind: colder is better.
May
16
comment Advice on Fruit Extract for Wheat beers?
I've seen Oregon canned fruit at my local mega-mart. Check with yours. If they don't have it, it is available online.
May
16
answered first time racking and bottling…
May
16
comment Advice on Fruit Extract for Wheat beers?
+1 on using fresh or pureed fruit instead of flavoring extract. I've used raspberry, chocolate, and apricot extracts and they all tasted fake - the chocolate especially. If you use puree, make sure it contains no preservatives, because preservatives kill yeast. Oregon is a brand often used by homebrewers.
May
16
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May
13
comment Is an immersion chiller really necessary?
Upvoted Room3's comment because he's absolutely right - getting down to 80 is easy. Getting from 80 to 65 takes nearly as long as getting from 212 to 80. And as I mentioned, you want to get to 65.
May
13
comment Is an immersion chiller really necessary?
Upvoted TinCoyote's comment because I didn't mention the cold break benefit.
May
13
answered Is an immersion chiller really necessary?
May
10
answered What about an Unfiltered IPA makes it unfiltered?