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bio website ianwhitney.com/hopwise
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Overly enthusiastic homebrewer in Minneapolis, MN.


Jan
17
answered What is the purpose in adding unmalted wheat to a beer?
Jan
16
accepted What is the average gravity difference between a Forced Fermentation and normal fermentation
Jan
13
awarded  Commentator
Jan
13
comment What software do most brewers use?
I use Beer Calculus/Hopville as well. Excellent site.
Jan
13
comment What software do most brewers use?
I've used Brew Pal and can't fully recommend it. It can give you really weird gravity estimates. I've tried contacting the author with some bug reports and have never heard back.
Jan
12
awarded  Editor
Jan
12
comment Boiling bottle caps
Thanks, I've updated my answer. I'd love it if information about sanitizing these caps ended up on the Northern Brewer site. I've always wondered and there's a ton of mis-information out there.
Jan
12
revised Boiling bottle caps
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Jan
12
answered Boiling bottle caps
Jan
10
answered How to brew less than 5 gallons at a time?
Jan
10
comment Why do all my beers taste better after having aged for a couple months?
An aside, I think the advice to drink homebrew quickly comes from concerns over bad sanitation. Beer made with bad sanitation will go badly quickly. But if your sanitation is good, then letting your beer condition for longer is fine.
Jan
10
answered Why do all my beers taste better after having aged for a couple months?
Jan
10
comment What is the average gravity difference between a Forced Fermentation and normal fermentation
winning-homebrew.com/forced-fermentation-test.html Has a bit more description. Basically you take a small amount (I use 500 mL) of your post-boil wort and ferment it warm, using constant aeration to encourage active fermenting. It's a way to test the fermentability of your wort. If your normally-fermented beer finishes way higher than the FF test, then you may be doing something wrong with your fermentation -- underpitching, under-aeration, etc.
Jan
8
answered Maintaining Lagering Temperatures
Jan
8
asked What is the average gravity difference between a Forced Fermentation and normal fermentation
Jan
4
comment Hopping In Secondary
Yes. Hop bags are your friends when it comes to dry hopping. I usually sanitize the bags, but don't bother with sanitizing hops.
Dec
29
answered Melanoidins in beer
Dec
16
awarded  Critic
Dec
16
comment Improving Your Brewing Significantly
I know AG lets you make a wider variety of beers and gives you a greater control of the process. But I wouldn't say it's a step that immediately leads to higher quality beer. There's a learning curve with AG. At the end of it you might be making better beer, but for a while you may struggle.
Dec
16
answered Hop extracts…