Dean Brundage
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Immersion chiller or counter-flow chiller?
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I can chart a few big leaps in my homebrew quality over the years. Switching from immersion to counterflow was one of them. Getting a good cold break makes your beer clear. CFC use less water. My ...

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Why would a recipe use both Light LME and Light DME?
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Theory the First Since the recipe lists specific brands of extract the author could be looking for some esoteric flavor differences in the two. Theory the Second — The Texas Two-Step Method ...

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Recipe Sharing Sites
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Recipe Sharing Hopville BrewSession Homebrew Talk Features Unfound The single reason that I started writing BrewSession is because every other recipe formulation program or site was ugly & hard ...

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Should I & how do I use a mash tun brew kettle with a false bottom?
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Seems reasonable. I usually clean out my mash tun while I'm waiting for the wort to boil, so you would lose some time. All-grain brewing is already more time-intensive than extract. Instead I ...

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What effect would using less LME than called for have?
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You summed it up pretty well, but missed a point or two. The alcohol content will be lower Not only will the body be lighter, it won't be as sweet As such, the bitter/maltiness balance will be more ...

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When should I add a vanilla bean?
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The oils in the bean are soluble in alcohol. Temperature probably won't affect the process much The more surface area the additive has, the faster & more complete the process will be (chop it up ...

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What's the line between ale and lager?
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The distinction comes from the beer's tradition and history. Strictly speaking, lagers are fermented with lager yeast (S. carlsbergensis) and ales with ale yeast (S. cerevisiae). Traditionally, ales ...

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Single stage/ two stage for all grain?
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Relax, don't worry & have a homebrew Many Australians use a technique called Brew-in-a-Bag. It creates what I can only describe as a shit-ton of trub in the fermenter. I've used this method as my ...

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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Diacetyl Rest
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It should be fairly easy to determine the actual temperatures your fridge stays at. Fill a bucket with water & put a thermometer in it. It doesn't have to be five gallons, two or three will do. ...

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Dry Hopping and Crash Cooling
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@TimWeber I think it doesn't matter. Dry hopping works b/c alpha-acids are soluble in alcohol. Temp may not matter. There's a Brew Strong episode on this subject.

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How long will a keg keep?
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I'll tell you the same thing I told PJ: Drink More

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Caramel/Crystal malts and Steeping
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In general, yes. In this month's issue of BYO (Vol. 16 No. 2) Bob Hansen, Manager of Technical Services at Briess Malt, warns: "... some American malt marketed as caramel, or crystal, malts are ...

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Brew Fail Diagnosis Help
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I have no experience with Munton's extracts. However, after a little research, I see two potential problems. Not enough fermentables Since you didn't have a hydrometer to measure the OG with I have ...

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Skunking beer process
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In short, it depends. The April 10th, 2008 episode of Basic Brewing Radio is all about glass and skunking. How Fast? Unprotected beer will rapidly skunk. I had a keg of blonde ale in the sun one ...

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What is attentuation?
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Attenuation is a measurement of a beer's drop in specific gravity during fermentation. It is expressed as a percentage of original gravity and calculated by (OG - FG) / OG. We measure apparent ...

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How long does 5lb of C02 last you?
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If all your seals are airtight a 5 pound tank should last you many kegs. Too many for me to keep count. Bad gaskets, improperly seated poppets and bad hose connectors or clamps cause small leaks that ...

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Continental Pilsner Malt
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Continental means that the malt came from The Continent - Europe. Definition: of or pertaining to or typical of Europe; "a Continental breakfast"

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Massively Over-Carbonated Beer...What Do I Do?
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You will have bottle bombs. Luckily for you it's not too late, but you're in for some careful work. Sanitize a fermenter and airlock. Fill a bucket or tub with sanitizer. Put the bottles in the ...

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[WIKI] How Do You Calculate Original Gravity?
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This is a community wiki post. Anyone with more than 100 reputation may improve it. I get no reputation points for votes. Background Definition Specific gravity (SG) is a measure of density. By ...

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Should I purge my carboy with CO2 before racking to secondary?
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It couldn't hurt Oxygen is one of the two beer spoilers that homebrewers can control. Reducing beer's exposure to it helps achieve maximum flavor stability. However Before going through the trouble ...

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What about opened LME cans?
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Yep. Seal it up with some plastic wrap and a rubber band. Or, better, in air-tight tupperware and keep it in the refrigerator. Limit exposure to oxygen and you should be okay. Taste it before using ...

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Help With Hops...
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Like Jim says, Designing Great Beers is an awesome resource. The second half of the book is a study of winning recipes, which should give you the beginning of an idea in terms of hop flavors. The ...

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Dual Faucet Kegerator and kegs
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I'm more of a Do-It-Yourself kinda guy. However I can give you some brewadvice. Looking at the Beverage Factory website, Beverage-air and Sanyo are decent brands. Can't say anything about Summit ...

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Using honey in beer
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I can only answer the first part of your question. The sugars in honey vary depending on the type. If you really want to know the contributions you should make a measurement. Specific gravity is a ...

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Brew in a bag (BIAB) material
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Generic brand Nylon Fine mesh - the finer the better 20 inches deep by 18 inches wide This bag holds at least eight pounds of grain. I BIAB as my pilot system, making 1-3 gallon batches on my stove. ...

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Copper versus Stainless for Jockey Box
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Do not use copper with acidic foods High concentrations of copper are poisonous and acidic foods, especially carbonated foods like beer, will suck it out of the metal. The FDA explains: 4-101.14 ...

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Beer and Cupcake Pairings
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There are two guidelines to follow when pairing beer & food. Put similar flavors together Put "opposite" or complimentary flavors together Similar Flavors Red velvet goes with a cherry or ...

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How can you tell if a propane burner is large enough for boil?
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If you think about what the turkey fryer is meant to do, heat up a few gallons of oil to around 300° F, then you should reach the conclusion that it will be fine for boiling water. In a nutshell: ...

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At what temperature should a lager be fermented?
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"Best results" really depend on your taste (or the judge's if you plan on entering competition). Check with the supplier. WYeast and White Labs list preferred temperature ranges for all their ...

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Is rye more popular than it's been?
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Rye has a long history in Bavarian brewing. Contrary to homebrewing lore, the impetus behind Reinheitsgebot was to prevent price competition with bakers for wheat and rye. Thanks to the purity law, ...

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