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I'm a software engineer and homebrewer in Seattle, WA.


Nov
9
answered If/When to move to secondary fermentation
Nov
9
comment How do I do a decoction mash?
I'm confused as well. Wouldn't boiling some of the grains extract tannins?
Nov
9
comment When brewing a chocolate stout, should the cacao nibs be added in the boil, the secondary, or both?
I already added the 8oz in the boil. My plan was to soak the other 8oz in vodka (as you described), but only for a half hour or so to sanitize. I was then going to discard most of the vodka and only add the nibs. Is it better to add the vodka too?
Nov
9
comment What's the point of secondary fermentation?
You generally should rack from primary once your gravity reading remains the same for three days in a row. But yes, this would be a good question to ask.
Nov
9
revised How do you cool a lager on a budget?
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Nov
9
answered How do you cool a lager on a budget?
Nov
8
answered Should I test my water?
Nov
8
revised How do I cut my extract brewing cost?
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Nov
8
comment How do I cut my extract brewing cost?
Great comment about getting yeast from a local brewery. A cup of slurry can go a long way, and from what I've heard, breweries are more than happy to give you some if you come at the right time.
Nov
8
asked How should bulk grain be stored?
Nov
8
comment What's the point of secondary fermentation?
@Mike S: It's important not to rack too soon though; after primary fermentation the yeast clean up a lot of the byproducts created during reproduction and fermentation. There's a greater risk of off flavors when racking too soon than when racking "late". I've left beers in primary for a month or two before racking to primary; they turned out great :)
Nov
8
revised What's the point of secondary fermentation?
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Nov
8
answered What's the point of secondary fermentation?
Nov
8
asked When brewing a chocolate stout, should the cacao nibs be added in the boil, the secondary, or both?
Nov
8
comment What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?
And it includes an auto-siphon. Not necessary but greatly simplifies racking.
Nov
8
answered should hoppy beers be aged?
Nov
8
answered How do I keep yeast from a strain that I've bought?
Nov
8
answered Is it OK to starting fermentation while wort is still warm?
Nov
8
answered How do I cut my extract brewing cost?
Nov
8
comment Best way to mill grains
+1 for investing in a mash tun and wort chiller first. I buy and crush my grains at my LHBS on brewday and have had great results. But an MLT and wort chiller are a huge priority IMO.