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Nov
21
comment What's a good small-batch fermentation vessel?
@Ell and you could modify the Mr Beer fermenter to use an airlock. Personally I just place the whole kit inside a medium-sized cooler; which allows you to keep all light out and cool the fermenter using 20oz bottles of frozen water. It's quite effective.
Nov
21
comment What's a good small-batch fermentation vessel?
Mr Beer's fermenter has worked well for me--it's not ideal but I've never had an infected batch. It's approximately 2.5 gallons and has a spout which you can bottle from directly. Overall it's a decent, inexpensive option--however I use my 3 gallon carboys much more often.
Nov
21
comment Homebrewing and Arduino
It seems one very useful sensor would be a specific-gravity sensor. Googling turns up several prototypes, but I couldn't find any commercially available solutions. Being able to remotely track the gravity would allow early intervention of stuck fermentation, and also allow comparisons of fermentation rates between different batches of the same recipes.
Nov
20
comment Can I rescue a batch that may not have had enough water at its start?
Good tip, I just checked it and have it warmed to 70 with perhaps a very slow bit of airlock activity. I'll restir it now that it's warm.
Nov
20
comment Can I rescue a batch that may not have had enough water at its start?
I just updated the question to saw where this thought came from; however I think it's just a stuck fermentation with a highly flocculant yeast. I've stirred the cake and raised the temperature to 70 to try and restart it
Nov
20
revised Can I rescue a batch that may not have had enough water at its start?
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Nov
20
asked Can I rescue a batch that may not have had enough water at its start?
Oct
26
accepted Can a Johnson A419 control both a heater and cooler, or is a single-mode?
Oct
25
answered Can a Johnson A419 control both a heater and cooler, or is a single-mode?
Oct
25
asked Can a Johnson A419 control both a heater and cooler, or is a single-mode?
Oct
25
revised The move from kit brewing to all grain brewing
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25
answered The move from kit brewing to all grain brewing
Oct
24
comment How to keep your head on an oatmeal porter?
Did it pour with some head, then fall immediately? How many volumes of CO2 did you carbonate it to?
Oct
23
comment What can I do to ensure my high OG wort ferments well?
I ended up brewing the first 3 gallons with about 40% of the fermentables, pitching, then topping it off to 5 gallons (with the remainder of fermentables) at high krausen. It was probably unnecessary, but it ended up working out well as I used my stove for the boil and it wouldn't have been able to handle the full 5 gallons. Next batch, however, will be a single batch with a larger yeast starter :)
Oct
20
comment Are some types of beers easier to brew than others?
A good way to think about brewing is that you're really making a yeast-farm, and the yeast are making your beer. A good strain of yeast + good food for them == great beer
Oct
20
comment Bottle Sizes Smaller than 12 Ounces?
Is it carbonated? If not then the bottle might not hold pressure. Otherwise, it looks good as long as you have a bench capper (a hand-held capper likely won't be able to grip the neck on that)
Oct
19
comment Which pieces of brewing equipment seem like a good idea to buy, but are of limited usefulness?
@JackSmith one tip to help prevent plastic from taking on flavors and smells is to always wash them in cold water; particularly while they're dirty
Oct
19
comment Which pieces of brewing equipment seem like a good idea to buy, but are of limited usefulness?
yes and no, they fill a need for those of us with space/budget constraints that prevent us from buying all the needed kegging gear.
Oct
19
comment Suggestions for cheap recipes
it can also be worthwhile to see what your LHBS can sell you at bulk or at discount
Oct
19
revised Are there any particular steps to fixing a batch of beer with extra trub / hot-break, or should it settle (as best as possible) on its own?
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