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Jul
10
comment Help! Started my lager at 16degs C for 3 days (instead of 14C) - ESTERS!
14C is a little warm for a lager, particularly as you are measuring the fridge temp not the beer temp. In future, I suggest setting the fridge at 10C and slowly increasing to 16C over 2 weeks to help the yeast ferment out the beer.
Jul
9
comment Is my frozen yeast okay?
The anti-freeze is 30% glycerine 70% water solution.
Jul
6
comment Acidic Elderflower Wine
Potassium carbonate can also be used - unlike Calcium Carbonate, it reacts immediately and doesn't leave a deposit. bcawa.ca/winemaking/acidph.htm
Feb
28
comment What are the various ways to remove chlorine/chloramine from tap water?
It's the accepted answer and always appears at the top.
Dec
13
comment Electric brewing inside
I would guess so if you don't have an extractor.
Nov
26
comment Can I sanitize an auto-siphon with boiling water?
Totes. But be careful with a wire brush on plastic causing scratches. For cleaning plastic try PBW from FiveStar - removes almost any soilage without scrubbing.
Oct
28
comment Any People with Celiacs Tried Clarity Ferm?
To add to your answer, could you summarize these articles, and present the salient points that you thought were worth reading?
Oct
27
comment What are the various ways to remove chlorine/chloramine from tap water?
Please see the first answer - that covers your question about boiling chlorine.
Oct
21
comment Bitter orange and scaling
Do you have a link to the recipe?
Oct
18
comment Will I damage my lager if I add lager hops too early?
Hops are green plant material that you normally add during the boil, but also sometimes to the fermentor. Dry yeast is usually in a sachet, and looks like sand that you add to the fermentor. Can you clarify which it is?
Oct
18
comment Why don't we force carbonate at a higher PSI
I do the same. And "quality control" is one of the perks of being a homebrewer! :)
Oct
18
comment Why don't we force carbonate at a higher PSI
yep, there's a greater chance you'll overshoot with a higher pressure
Oct
14
comment Why were we able to make alcohol with little cleanliness and no sanitizer?
Isn't distillation off-topic?
Aug
22
comment Pediococcus Infection--Will brett get rid of the ropiness?
Well written ...almost too well written...some of the descriptions made me want to gag a little! ;-) But this is fantastic - you write about the real art of brewing.
Aug
22
comment What hops are a little less bitter than Warrior?
Cool. Yes, hops are pretty flexible, there's many ways to use them to get different results.
Jul
9
comment High FG / Low Attenuation across 3 different beers
Just a hint, but imho too many homebrewers brew by numbers, rather than brew by taste. Of course numbers are good for your long term process, but don't think the beer is bad just because the numbers don't show what you are expecting - find a fault first in the taste (e.g. too sweet/dry), and then look to the numbers for help troubleshooting that.
Jul
8
comment Kegging Vs Bottling in regards to Conditioning
re: conditioning - if you're naturally carbonating by priming with sugar, then it's correct - temps are too cold for ale yeasts to ferment. Here, the question states using a tank of CO2, so the cold temperatures are in fact beneficial since CO2 is more soluble at lower temperatures.
Jul
8
comment Wyeast Smack Pack did not inflate
An important detail when discussing yeast, especially liquid yeast is the manufacturing date or BBE. Can you provide these dates for the various packs?
Jul
8
comment Wyeast Smack Pack did not inflate
@Denny, so you think that if you smacked two packs - one cold, and one at room temp, they would both be at the same level of inflation in 8 hours time? Common knowledge says the warm one will start sooner, since it doesn't need to warm up first. While storing in the fridge is the way to go, it also says on the instructions that the pack should be incubated at 70-75°F (21-24°C). (wyeastlab.com/hb_productdetail.cfm?ProductID=16)
Jul
2
comment Is it normal for my fermenting ale pails to be discolored?
btw, it's pail, not pale! :) Pale is a light color, pail is a bucket.