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Mar
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comment Old Brown “sour belgian”
the real question is what's the best way for me to get a bottle? Belgians homebrews make me drool, but I've not found any aged beyond a few months (having a hard time not sipping away at my Tripel until it's at 6mos this summer)
Mar
2
comment Why use a synthetic bag for BIAB?
The specific material should still be checked that it's food-grade and safe for boiling temperatures. Many "soft" plastics contain chemical conditioners which can leach at high temperatures. This is a topic wihtout much objective information; however a good rule of thumb is to make sure you're using the product (bag) in an approved way. If it doesn't say it's safe for boiling, then it may not be
Feb
28
comment What factors affect carbonation bubble size?
I (think) alcohol content may play a role as well. With liquor you can visibly determine proof by observing the size of bubbles and their rate of dissipation--so I would presume alcohol would have an effect in beer as well.
Feb
22
revised Fermentation locations
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Feb
22
comment Off-flavors from bottle conditioning, but not kegging
Also, a smaller concern than sterilizing your sugar by boiling, but consider sanitizing your bottle caps if you currently aren't--especially if you're buying them from a bulk-bin where who-knows-what can get onto them
Feb
17
revised Fermentation locations
Corrected conflicting statement
Feb
17
comment What happens if a beer gets oxidized?
In other words, the only time you want to aerate your wort is when it is cooled prior to pitching yeast. At all other times, be gentle with it.
Feb
15
answered Fermentation locations
Feb
8
answered Can the plastic caps on PET bottles be re-used?
Feb
5
comment What are the easiest and hardest commercial beer bottles to re-use for homebrew?
Regarding Sierra Nevada, the glue easily comes off in an Oxyclean soak--but there is still a lot of glue. I always keep these bottles seperate just to keep the water relatively clean until they go in.
Feb
5
comment What are the easiest and hardest commercial beer bottles to re-use for homebrew?
+1 for Oxyclean, after ~15-30 minutes of a soak in a sinkful of hot water + 1 scoop the labels are easy to remove--some still require a second attempt, but once the paper has peeled then a quick scrub removes all remnants of paper + glue.
Feb
4
accepted Will a carboy's narrow opening hinder or prevent successful wild fermentation?
Feb
2
comment How do you sanitize the outside of your racking cane?
good ASCII art =D
Feb
1
comment Light control during brewing process
...this is probably better as a comment to brewchez's answer than a second answer
Feb
1
comment Is trapped air in a counterflow chiller really an aeration risk?
fyi regarding hot-side aeration; I've read that oxygenating hot wort can trigger chemical reactions which produce off-flavors, not sure how much of an effect it has (or how valid that statement is)
Feb
1
revised How do you sanitize the outside of your racking cane?
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Feb
1
answered How do you sanitize the outside of your racking cane?
Jan
31
answered What type of water is best to use for different situations
Jan
30
answered Are there any problems associated with ordering ingredients online (internationally)?