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homebrewdad 03-24-2013 07:27 PM

Homebrewing myths that need to die
 
I'm thinking of writing an article about homebrewing myths and boogeymen that need to go away. Please feel free to add to this list!

Subjects I have in mind:

Yeast autolysis (get your beer off the yeast cake ASAP)

Hot side aeration

Avoid table sugar or drink cidery beer

Filter every spec of hop material from your kettle or you'll have grassbeer


Give me more!

bwomp313 03-24-2013 08:17 PM

Tannins from disturbing the grain bed or squeezing

DrunkleJon 03-24-2013 08:19 PM

How about "AG means better beer." You can make award winning beers with extract if you have your process down and fresh extract.

And maybe "Homebrewing will save you money." Ha!

Yooper 03-24-2013 08:20 PM

Leaving your beer in the fermenter for more than a week after it's finished is required.

72Chevelle 03-24-2013 08:23 PM

+1 on the brewing your own beer is cheaper, The LHBS has a sign up that says brew your own and save money, I chuckle every time I walk in.

homebrewdad 03-24-2013 08:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bwomp313 (Post 5039871)
Tannins from disturbing the grain bed or squeezing

Ah, yes. Thanks.


Quote:

Originally Posted by DrunkleJon (Post 5039880)
How about "AG means better beer." You can make award winning beers with extract if you have your process down and fresh extract.

And maybe "Homebrewing will save you money." Ha!

First one is very true, second one is funny.


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Originally Posted by Yooper (Post 5039883)
Leaving your beer in the fermenter for more than a week after it's finished is required.

I knew this one was coming from you, Yoop. ;)

BandT 03-24-2013 08:25 PM

Rinsing off the suds from Star-San

Totes 03-24-2013 08:28 PM

The airlock isn't a good gauge of fermentation.

If my airlock isn't bloop bloop'n the morning after yeast pitch, C02 is escaping somewhere else, or fermentation is not happening (enough). Seems like a good tool to gauge activity to me.

ksut1547 03-24-2013 08:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 72Chevelle (Post 5039888)
+1 on the brewing your own beer is cheaper, The LHBS has a sign up that says brew your own and save money, I chuckle every time I walk in.

Funny, one LHBS here has a sign that says "Your wife called and said you can spend as much as you want".

homebrewdad 03-24-2013 08:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Totes (Post 5039907)
The airlock isn't a good gauge of fermentation.

If my airlock isn't bloop bloop'n the morning after yeast pitch, C02 is escaping somewhere else, or fermentation is not happening (enough). Seems like a good tool to gauge activity to me.

This one isn't a myth. It's not a good guage, due to the leaking issues you mention. Newbies also tend to pitch old yeast that can take a while to start, so the next morning doesn't always work for them.


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