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Dec
3
comment Should I & how do I use a mash tun brew kettle with a false bottom?
Followup here. Everything I've seen among homebrewers over the last few years is that hot-side aeration is not something you have to worry about. For the record, I'm a committed BIABer. It's awesome, and I do it partial-mash with DME.
Mar
5
comment Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Cellaring
Zero, actually. :)
Jul
9
comment What yeasts are good for summer brewing?
Update: My basement certainly does go to 73 or 74 during the summer.
May
9
comment How do you prevent boil-overs?
This could be extraordinarily dangerous for anyone doing anything more than a 2-3 gallon boil, and not advisable for even those.
Mar
22
comment What's a balanced bittering hop for both English and American ales?
Interesting. I find it adds more of a brightness to the flavor.
Mar
22
comment What's a balanced bittering hop for both English and American ales?
Thanks! I've been using Galena for a while and I gotta say I don't prefer it to Columbus.
Mar
9
comment What's causing the recent spike in the price of used Corny kegs?
Why should this be a wiki?
Mar
9
comment What's causing the recent spike in the price of used Corny kegs?
If I'd known that, I would've! I suspected some effect due to China's appetite for steel. I actually did look up the price of scrap stainless steel, but had already put a lot of effort into this and needed to finish.
Feb
7
comment What happens when you push a yeast near its alcohol tolerance?
And do you find that the alcohol tolerance numbers given by the yeast labs are fairly accurate?
Dec
6
comment What accounts for the cheesy/sweaty flavor of hops and are there ways to minimize it?
reluctantly accepting my own answer. :)
Nov
11
comment What accounts for the cheesy/sweaty flavor of hops and are there ways to minimize it?
I didn't say that this was a flaw in my beers. I buy leaf hops by the pound from hopsdirect.com, split into vacuum-sealed bags and store in a dark freezer until needed. I have aged aroma hops experimentally based on info in the Daniels book, but have never gotten this cheesy flavor. I've clarified the post, lest I damage my spotless reputation. I accept your offer of free lambic. :)
Sep
21
comment The right first kit?
Really happy about your other minor points. Dry yeast and no need to rack.
Sep
15
comment Reusing yeast at home
These steps are confusing. I will edit.
Jul
27
comment What does “a thorough diacetyl rest” mean when talking about ale yeast?
I like doing nothing.
May
27
comment Is there a more durable alternative to a plastic auto-siphon?
I was going to use CO2 from my keg setup, with a regulator, to push like 5-8 psi into the carboy via a tube attached to the carboy cap.
Apr
6
comment What's a balanced bittering hop for both English and American ales?
Extra points for solving my freezer space problem!
Apr
6
comment How can I restore the shape of syphon tubing?
Note that vinyl tubing should not go over 80C.
Apr
5
comment What books would help me improve at recipe creation?
If Daniels had continued to expand his data set as the years went by, and revised some of the unreadable infographics in the book--Edward Tufte would have a heart attack--it would really be astounding. As it is, it's just very, very good. I keep going back to it.
Mar
22
comment Does a single FermCap addition control both boilovers and blowoffs?
Thanks, TinCoyote!
Mar
13
comment Has anyone had experience with first wort hopping? Did you find the results worthwhile?
Denny, do you find it's better to avoid FWH with super-high-alpha varieties, like Columbus? It's mentioned here, but information is patchy. brewery.org/library/1stwort.html