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Software Developer for Expensify in San Francisco. I homebrew beer and take photos of abandoned buildings.


Jun
25
comment How do you label your bottles?
It would probably have been better phrased as "What's the best way to label bottles." That said, it's almost 2 years old- complaining that it's an invalid question at this point might not be terribly useful.
Feb
18
comment Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage
That's pretty awesome. A bit expensive, but probably a good investment if you can reuse them for years to come.
Jan
18
comment Using StarSan in Airlock
Heh, yeah- I usually use whatever's cheap an on hand. Even that is usually only when I forget to save a bit of the diluted sanitizer from earlier in the brewday.
Jan
17
comment Using StarSan in Airlock
In addition to answers below, vodka works fine too.
Jan
17
comment How to get an oily mouth feel
1.5 quarts 5w30 thrown into the boil with 30 minutes left.
Nov
30
comment How to Properly Oxygenate Wort
For completeness, Palmer says that ideal oxygenation is 8-16ppm (How To Brew, 2006, page 70).
Nov
25
comment Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage
@PJ: I'm less concerned with the storing conditions (heat/light/location) as I am with specific physical packaging solutions- reusing cardboard boxes, wine-style wall racks, custom wooden cases, etc.
Nov
24
comment What causes beer to induce flatulence when consumed?
I would have thought that stomach acid would kill any yeast pretty quickly.
Nov
23
comment Pennies in the Boil
Step 7 here
Nov
15
comment Why do red wines tend to be stored in green bottles and white wines not?
Dolbz, see meta.homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/6/…
Nov
15
comment What is the best beer to make for a spouse who prefers sauvignon blanc?
I think this might be a little off-topic for a brewing site- not entirely sure though. Meta discussion here‌​.
Nov
13
comment How do I make a Yeast Starter?
I'd never seen those before, but googling around, it looks pretty cool. Suppose it makes sense- yeast can live without oxygen, but it needs it to reproduce (which is the point of a starter). Spinning a magnet inside to keep the starter aerated would work great for that. I wonder if any other automated aeration methods (eg, a fishtank bubbler) would do the trick...
Nov
13
comment How do you cool wort?
Regarding the ice method, couldn't you just boil some water, then freeze it in sanitized tupperware?
Nov
11
comment How would you ship your brew?
But of course. :P If, hypothetically, you were going to break the law, it's good practice to know those laws specifically. :)
Nov
9
comment Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?
Are the standard soft-drink caps good enough to hold beer carbonation?
Nov
9
comment Help! My secondary fermenter exploded!
Gotta stop brewing with C4.
Nov
9
comment How should bulk grain be stored?
Any idea how long that'll keep the grain?
Nov
9
comment Is it OK to starting fermentation while wort is still warm?
Palmer recommends against aerating the wort when it's hot (see answer)- haven't had a chance to check other sources yet, but he generally knows his stuff.
Nov
9
comment How do you tell if your fermentation is stuck?
This isn't a specific instance- just wondering what rules of thumb apply and what factors might contribute to determining when to start trying to fix it.
Nov
9
comment Book for beginners
I read this online for my first brew, then bought it outright. I'm a cheap college student, but this was completely worth it.