Nathan Koop
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What effect do different types of yeast have when creating a recipe?
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Different yeast does do different things when fermented in the same beer. Flocculation - Some yeast has high flocculation, which means that it collects or gathers together (I think of a flock of ...

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Which brewing podcasts do you listen to?
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I listen to Basic Brewing Radio

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Sterilisation processes when taking hydrometer readings
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I don't re-introduce from the hydrometer vial, the four books I've read on homebrewing (Papazian, Miller etc...) suggest that you don't because this is a place where you can contaminate your beer. I ...

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first time racking and bottling.....
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Here are some things I've learned over the two or three years of bottling: Use a checklist for the whole day, (clean, sanitize bottles, sanitize caps, prime, etc...) Double check the amount of sugar ...

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Reusing twist-off bottles
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I have almost exclusively used twist off bottles. I have never had any issues with any of them. They are generally well carbonated (I blame myself for any issues there), and I haven't noticed any ...

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Best way to mill grains
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I personally don't mill my own grain, my local homebrew shop has a mill and I use it regularly and have produced great beers with it. I understand that it's better to mill your grain as close to ...

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Gosebier- a unique style
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Brew Your Own recently did a feature on the Gose (Gosebier) style. You can find the full article here as well as the all-grain and extract with grain recipe's. I have copied the all grain recipe ...

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Are some types of beers easier to brew than others?
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I would suggest with a more "normal" style of beer (don't start with a Barleywine or Double-IPA) My first beer was a partial mash IPA and it turned out pretty well. I also did some partial mash cream ...

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What equipment do I need to starting making wine?
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Very little equipment is required for making wine: Primary Fermenter (plastic pail) Secondary Fermenter (glass/plastic carboy) Airlock for carboy Syphon Bottle brush Carboy brush Hydrometer ...

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I have some "expired" mead yeast, is it still good?
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I haven't brewed mead, but having brewed regularly for a couple of years I would suggest not using it. Liquid yeast (for beer) costs about $10 where I am, and I wouldn't risk wrecking a batch because ...

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Breaking bottles when capping them
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We had this exact issue with our second capper, except our failure rate was approaching 10%. We had been using twist off caps (that was what was available to us at the time) we switched to a stand ...

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Is there an optimal bottle size?
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I use mostly 12 oz (355ml) bottles. I do collect larger bottles and Grolsch bottles too. I typically wait until I've got like 10-20 of these bottles then do a large portion of my batch into these as ...

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Book for beginners
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Dave Millers Homebrewing Guide - Dave Miller ISBN: 0882669052

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Book for beginners
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The Brewmaster's Bible by Stephen Snyder ISBN: 0-06-095216-4

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How do I culture yeast from a commercial beer? Is it legal?
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I can't speak on legality, but I do not believe that a commercial brewery would prosecute a homebrewer for culturing their yeast, it seems like a waste of resources and bad PR. Like jscott said if ...

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Mash-produced unfermentable sugars do add sweetness and aroma?
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Note: I am not a chemist. My homebrewing understanding is along the lines of: Mashing at a higher temperature will promote the alpha-amylase enzyme to breakdown the sugars, while mashing at a lower ...

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Is an immersion chiller really necessary?
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I would say this is a just a small step below absolutely necessary. It literally shaved hours off of my brew day, I see the reduction in chance of infection as a huge advantage and almost a necessity....

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Warming up a demijohn / carboy
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I have a carboy heater. I got it from the local homebrew store. But I agree with Matt measure first and get some data.

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Is it OK to starting fermentation while wort is still warm?
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When I've done partial mashes and extract kits I haven't boiled my water (I know, bacteria and chlorine etc...). I trust my water source and I have not had any infections from this (YMMV). So it is a ...

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Good holiday beer recipes?
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I'd like to sip a nice warming barleywine or high gravity chocolate stout.

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Which fermentation temperature should I favor?
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I was going to suggest keeping one out of the cooler, depending on the temperature of your basement/cellar. Since you're in CT I'd guess (based on geography, not experience) that your cellar temps ...

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Jugs for secondary?
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I would also use my normal carboy unless you had a reason to split. I have several of these myself. I bought them when I did a split batch experiment (split one beer into 5 and dry hopped with ...

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How to brew all-grain indoors
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I've always brewed indoors on my electric stove. I may have a more powerful stove than most though because I routinely boil 6+ gallons with little issue. I haven't needed to straddle the element ...

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Recipe for Brewing?
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We have listed a number of great books here, What is the best book for beginning home brewers?. Inside a number of these books are great recipes.

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Covering your beer during conditioning....??
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I have never covered my beers and haven't had an issue with skunky beer. I do have a dark basement and have mostly covered shelves where I store all of my bottles. As long as you keep your bottles ...

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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage
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For general storage I use pick-a-pop 24 crates (I got these from a friend's shed) they work wonderfully well. However, normally I'm not taking 24 beers out anywhere, so I am building a couple of ...

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Reusing Yeast From previous Fermentation
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I have been kinda laid back in my re-use of yeast cakes on the bottom of the fermenter. My technique isn't the "Best Practice", but it works and is really easy. I'll often buy a couple of the same ...

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Club Meeting Ideas
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Last year I did a dry hop experiment. I took a simple extract kit (Brewhouse Pilsner) and fermented five gallons. I then split it into five one gallon jugs and added different hop varieties. I ...

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