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Old 03-24-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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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!

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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


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Tannins from disturbing the grain bed or squeezing

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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!

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+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.

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Tannins from disturbing the grain bed or squeezing
Ah, yes. Thanks.


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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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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.
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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.

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+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".
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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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