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I am a software developer living in Boston. When I'm not on the computer, I may be brewing beer.

Feb
14
comment What do you do with the vodka from your ferm locks?
Indeed, if it doesn't smell/taste good to you, then why on earth would you want to consume it?
Dec
9
comment How to smoke your malts
Why the downvote?
Dec
9
comment Boza beverage recipes and experiences?
@Jeff yes, or off-topic... recipe exchanges are off-topic, but discussing a style is not... this falls in the gray area. I won't vote to close, since we don't have a problem with too many recipe requests, but I just wanted to note this.
Nov
23
comment Help! My homebrew keg froze, I brought it in, and now the beer is all foam.
It tasted...flat. I don't mean in a no-carbonation sense, but in a flavor-complexity sense. It just wasn't right; I'm not really sure how to describe it.
Nov
22
comment Can I use my Country Living Grain Mill for homebrewing?
I would suggest trying it with a small amount of grain, and then inspecting what comes out. If it looks like the kernels are being cracked into two or three pieces, then you should be all set.
Nov
22
comment High-gravity beer stored too cold to carbonate during bottle conditioning. How can I carbonate this beer?
Hi @Bill, welcome to the site!
Nov
22
comment Help! My homebrew keg froze, I brought it in, and now the beer is all foam.
Freezing tends to ruin beer, and I don't know of any way to recover from it. I know that I have ruined many bottles of beer by putting them in the freezer because I was too impatient to wait for them to chill in the fridge, and then I forgot about them.... :-/
Nov
19
comment Alternatives to a hydrometer?
+1 I love my refractometer, and I kick myself for not buying it earlier!
Nov
14
comment How do you insulate a cooler based mash tun?
@Matt I never heard that about a wet towel. That seems counter-intuitive. I mean, if I wrapped a wet towel around myself, I would expect to feel a lot colder than if I used a dry towel.
Nov
14
comment How to add fruit to beer
Freezing will also help the flavors get out of the fruit and into the beer. The water inside the cells of the fruit will crystallize and expand, bursting the cell walls. This essentially mashes the fruit from the inside out.
Nov
10
comment What's the point of going all-grain?
Yeah, it takes more time, but we don't brew for the sake of conveniece, right? :)
Nov
10
comment When brewing a gruit, how do alternatives to hops, such as mugwort, affect the bitterness and flavor?
Thanks, I will add that to my reading list. Stephen Harrod Buhner's Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers is another great gruit resource. I was hoping for people to comment on their personal experience, to augment what I have read.
Nov
9
comment Why do red wines tend to be stored in green bottles and white wines not?
@fear here is one study comparing the UV protection offered by different colors of glass: skspolytech.com/assets/…
Nov
9
comment Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?
@Jeff That's a good point, but I think the issue comes in more at the cleaning stage, than the sanitizing stage. If there is a scratch, and in this scratch there is mold, old yeast, etc, you may not be able to get your brush bristles in there to knock it out. If you can't knock it out, then the sanitizer won't be able to make contact everywhere in a reasonable amount of time. The wort/beer will be sitting in there for a longer time, though, so it may become contaminated.
Nov
9
comment Ever used a hopback?
@Scott Yeah, gravity is all it takes. I set up the kettle on a table, with the hopback and chiller on a chair, and the fermenter on the floor.
Nov
9
comment Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?
@sgwill good point. I edited my answer to include these concerns.
Nov
9
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of Buckets vs Carboys?
You may also be interested in a refractometer, which is an alternate method for measuring the sugar content in a liquid. You only need a drop or two!