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Nov
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comment should hoppy beers be aged?
This is a great answer; Russian River described things better than I ever could!
Nov
9
comment Why do you aerate wort at first and try to keep oxygen out later?
I'd add that after fermentation, oxygen is undesirable because it binds with molecules in the beer to form undesirable flavors. Essentially, it makes the beer go stale.
Nov
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revised Is it OK to starting fermentation while wort is still warm?
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comment Is it OK to starting fermentation while wort is still warm?
I completely agree, but I wouldn't consider 75F to be "hot".
Nov
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revised If/When to move to secondary fermentation
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comment Book for beginners
It's also great if you're switching to all-grain brewing. John knows his stuff.
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answered Book for beginners
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answered If/When to move to secondary fermentation
Nov
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comment How do I do a decoction mash?
I'm confused as well. Wouldn't boiling some of the grains extract tannins?
Nov
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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
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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.
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answered How do you cool a lager on a budget?
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answered Should I test my water?
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revised How do I cut my extract brewing cost?
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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.
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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 :)
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