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I am a customer service representative for Northern Brewer Ltd. I have been home brewing for 14+ years. I am also a Master BJCP judge and the President of the Minnesota Home Brewers Association.


Jan
7
answered Belgian witbeer: Which fermentation temperature in comparison to a Bavarian Hefeweizen?
Jan
7
comment Longevity of bottled mead
I had a fellow homebrew club member who entered a mead in a contest that was 23 years old and it tasted wonderful. Another member brewed a batch the year he got married and drinks one bottle on his anniversary every year. Some get better with age some don't but they are safe to drink.
Dec
30
answered What is the Maillard reaction, and why should I care what a duck thinks?
Dec
23
comment Beer Lost Through Blow Off Tube
Instead of using a blow off tube you can use anti-foam agents like fermcap-s to limit the foam in the primary fermenter. You add it when the foam is a few inches below the neck of the carboy. Whatever is added drops out after fermentation and doesn't affect the flavor and aroma and saves some of your beer from blowoff. northernbrewer.com/brewing/brewing-ingredients/salts-finings/…
Dec
21
accepted How long is too long to condition a beer in secondary without having to pitch bottling yeast?
Dec
20
awarded  Commentator
Dec
20
comment Yeast and Hop Longevity
The hops should be fine. You can store them in the freezer for extended periods but they are fine at room temp for a few weeks.
Dec
20
answered Concerns/Considerations for making mead with raw honey?
Dec
20
answered Yeast and Hop Longevity
Dec
17
asked How long is too long to condition a beer in secondary without having to pitch bottling yeast?
Dec
17
answered Using different types of honey
Dec
17
comment Should I shake bottles during conditioning?
The shaking keeps the yeast in suspension and can wake dormant yeast to process the priming sugar. It is the same effect that a stir plate has on a yeast starter.
Dec
17
answered How do I prevent condensation in my kegerator?
Dec
16
revised Should I shake bottles during conditioning?
edited body
Dec
16
answered Should I shake bottles during conditioning?
Dec
15
comment I need some clarification on the use of Lactose
Since many RIS can suffer from under attenuation and heavy use of crystal malts, I would suggest adding the lactose after fermentation. This way you can control the amount of body the final beer has.
Dec
10
awarded  Scholar
Dec
10
accepted Liquid malt extract storage
Dec
9
awarded  Student
Dec
9
comment Liquid malt extract storage
I would say beyond a 6-8 weeks.