rjbergen
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Basic yeast questions
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An individual yeast cell is either dead or alive. A packet of yeast will have millions to billions of cells though. Some percentage of that will be alive, and the remaining percentage will be dead. ...

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Does bottling conditioning change the nature of the carbonation?
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Assuming the same beer properties, the surface tension should be equal between force carbonation and bottle carbonation. Assuming equal surface tension, the CO2 bubbles should be equivalent in size. ...

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Alternative malt extract for Northwestern Gold LME
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Based on Northwestern's website (http://www.northwesternextract.com/brewing/malt/), their Gold LME is equivalent to light LME (not extra light) from other companies. It falls right in between their ...

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Cherry/Cough syrup off flavor
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Refer to John Palmer's How to Brew chapter on off flavors in beer. He discusses various off flavors that are common, what causes them, and possible corrections so you don't run into the same issues in ...

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WLP036 (Düsseldorf Alt) and cool temperatures
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14C is 57F or so. That awfully cool for an ale yeast. Even 16C is only 60F. That's still below their recommended range. While it may be recommended to ferment at lower temperatures, 4C/8F lower than ...

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Best yeast for Mead
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If it tastes good to you, don't change it. If you do want to experiment, there are yeasts recommended for mead. EC-1118 and D-47 are dry yeasts that are commonly recommended. EC-1118 will ferment ...

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Making non-alcoholic sparkling cider
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Fresh cider that is not pasteurized, treated with UV light, or another sterilization method can have wild yeast and bacteria present. These microbes can spoil your cider. Potassium sorbate is used to ...

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My first AG brew finished fermenting in a day! Is that right?
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You must judge progress based on a gravity reading. Since you haven't checked the gravity yet, you don't know for sure that fermentation has finished. If you're saying it's finished because the ...

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Long term storage of equipment like buckets and kegs, lines, etc
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Once items are empty, give them a thorough washing to remove any debris. After the washing, use a sanitizer to kill any microbes. Allow everything to thoroughly air dry (hoses may need to be blown out ...

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Can you load less than 1.3 gallons into the Tap-A-Draft system?
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My main concern would be with what's in the extra air volume. If you don't purge it with CO2, a couple things could happen: The O2 in room air could oxidize your beer causing off flavors. There could ...

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how long can i leave cider in fermentation bucket after it has stopped bubbling?
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You can definitely leave it until Friday. However, I would bottle/keg it this weekend. Since you didn't state, I'm assuming you used unpasteurized cider with no preservatives. This could allow wild ...

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How to clean the inside of a refrigerator?
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I like to use PBW (or the home made version) to clean hard surfaces like that. Dissolve in some hot water and scrub. It will remove most anything and is safe for brewing when rinsed properly. Follow ...

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Are plastic mini kegs worth their while?
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Assuming that the plastic mini keg has been properly cleaned and sanitized, the beer should come out well. I do not know any specific number of times that you can reuse it. You may need to replace ...

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