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Apr
18
comment Can I make urwagwa?
Additionally, if you are going to ferment for only 24 hours, the only way you'll prevent bottle bombs is to get it very very warm - 80+. That's probably still not going to enough to finish it, unless there's going to be very little sugar in those bananas.
Apr
18
comment Can I make urwagwa?
Sorghum is available in the US - it's mildly popular in the south. It's also gettable on Amazon.
Apr
13
comment Too long in Primary Fermentation?
That's really an old brewers' tale at this point. Yeast quality improvement is likely the reason no one really worries about this anymore.
Apr
13
comment Estery fruit flavors in my vanilla bourbon imperial porter
Assuming this is Denny's BVIP, he recommends drinking it young and not aging it. Even if I wanted to age it, I'm not sure I could. It's too good young.
Apr
13
comment Estery fruit flavors in my vanilla bourbon imperial porter
One more tack on to my comments. Next time, drop the bourbon in when you package (keg/bottle/whatever). My experience is that makes a much better beer.
Apr
13
comment Estery fruit flavors in my vanilla bourbon imperial porter
All that being said, it's not going a ton lower than 1.032 if memory serves. It's not a beer that finishes particularly dry. I'm seeing 1.019, but I don't think mine dried out that much.
Apr
13
comment Estery fruit flavors in my vanilla bourbon imperial porter
Keith is spot on here. I've made that beer before (Denny's recipe is one of the best beers I've ever made), and I think I left it on primary for 3-4 weeks. It's a monster of a beer, and should be left alone for a good bit. The higher the gravity, the longer you should wait.
Mar
28
comment Move to secondary?
Absolutely Husker Steve. No problem at all. Most folks will say that anything under 3-4 months on the original yeast cake is fine, and I've gone longer without any problems.
Jan
30
comment What is a “blonde” beer, and how do you make it?
That is a very, very good recipe. I'll add that we've dry-hopped it too with nice results for those who like something a touch more... interesting.
Nov
28
comment What's a good small-batch fermentation vessel?
@STW - I don't think you could modify it to use an airlock - it doesn't seal, which is why it doesn't use an airlock. I suppose if you found another lid which fits the hole precisely. The temp control is an interesting benefit I didn't think of...
Nov
15
comment What's a good small-batch fermentation vessel?
The issue I have with the Mr. Beer fermenter is that it's not really airlocked or otherwise airtight. I KNOW - bubbles are not a sign of fermentation, but they do make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You won't get that with Mr. Beer.
Oct
19
comment Is rapid wort chilling always needed?
Excellent point Max. If he stays an extract/partial boil brewer he'll notice little to no difference here.
Sep
14
comment What is wet hopping and how does it differ from dry?
Fair enough - I was feeding off the compare/contrast with dry-hopping part of the question I suppose.
Sep
14
comment What is wet hopping and how does it differ from dry?
This question is probably mistagged, as you get no official "utilization" in the way brewers mean from dry or wet hopping.
Aug
23
comment Curiously high OG after first all-grain batch
Fair enough! Thanks for the tip and correction. Just to be clear, though, I solve the problem of too vigorous a boil by lowering the heat, correct? (not intended sarcastically in any way to say I'm correct, just checking to make sure).
Aug
22
comment Curiously high OG after first all-grain batch
True enough - by "no biggie" I meant less that I didn't consider it a problem that needed to be addressed next time, only that I wasn't really sweating that as part of this particular problem. I'm relatively sure we were boiling at too high a temperature - first time all-grain/propane burner noob mistake.
Jun
30
comment Recipe for Brewing?
There are "Frankensteins" for sure, but I bought it and brewed the 60 minute as my 4th brew. They're strange (and off-style) recipes, but they're not necessarily complicated. I was new to homebrewing, but have been a craft beer enthusiast for several, several years.
Jun
23
comment Is there a standard size for CO2 tank nozzles?
Just a note - there are 10 lb tanks - I have one in my fridge now.
Jun
10
comment Undershot OG with extract brewing
Whole hops or pellet? I've never seen that sort of absorption from pellet, and never used whole, but understand they can soak up more goodies.
May
31
comment What happens when beer freezes?
It should be noted that "freeze distillation" as this is sometimes (correctly or incorrectly - I'm not making a claim here) called is illegal in the US. Careful.