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Old 10-28-2009, 03:02 AM   #1
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Default Official Noob Q&A Thread - Dumb Questions Welcome

This subforum needs a thread that we all can visit daily, post 1 liner type questions, and get good answers from other beginners and advanced brewers who are supportive enough to lend a hand. I want a thread we can pop into, ask a quick question, get a quick response, or just read what others are asking and learn from the responses posted. Making it a beginners forum sticky would be even better.

In my opinion, there are too many threads asking the same questions over and over and many times the responses are, "use the search function, this has been asked a million times...geez!"

I hope to create a place where posting without doing homework isn't frowned upon...a place where we can be dumb noobs.

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Well considering that every new brewer question is answered about 10 times a day every day, usually by me because people won't look at stickys or use the search...what meake you think this thread won't be any less ignored by first time posters?

Seriously, I bet you there is no beginner question that hasn't already been answered really effectively on here already. Not just by me, but by a lot of people......

The thing to me about searching is two fold, and I really hate coming off as a search nazi, BUT

1) There is a huuuge amount of state of the art brewing info on here...info that is even more current than palmer (only becasue it takes 2-3 years to get a book out.) Some of us have spent hours writing stuff up, like blogs or long answers to basic questions, including searching for links like audio and video casts to answer those basic questions...And we want you to know it exists, and we want you to utilize it to be the best damn brewer's you can be.

SO when I say it's been covered before, I'm not saying "hey a$$hat, use the search."

I'm saying "Hey, there's some kick ass info on that very topic, put together from some amazing brewers, and it's free, right here, you don't need to buy a book....all you need to do is click "search" and maybe play with the words a couple times...


2) A lot of the "kick ass brewers" who are here, and were here before I got here have stopped answering the same noob questions over and over. Most of those people get tired of it after a couple months, and just ignore these threads...From what people tell me, for doing it constantly for a year, I'm an anomoly....maybe because of my 'calling" (yes I am a minister for the 10,000th time ) I have an almost pathological need to help people...whether it's in a church or in a brewery.

Which means that the people who might be best able to answer your basic question are NOT going to because they did it 6 months ago, and feel that that's enough. Or they are no longer here...but their info is still here and still valuable...

So that really means that if you just start a thread, especially if you are asking about "Stainless vs Aluminum" or Plastic waterbottles or "is my beer ruined," or "what;s your opinion on...?" You may not GET THE BEST INFORMATION YOU COULD BE GETTING You could be getting the same outdated "party line" out of Palmer or Papazian, (which are actually several years of in the case of Charlie over a decade old) when there was some new discovery a few weeks back that we all talked to death and learned from...and we want you to know about it too...

I also have found, as someone that answers a lot of questions everyday, that if a person reads a thread on their "basic question" first and maybe bumps that thread up, that their question has a lot more depth than it might have been...because maybe they zeroed in on an issue from one or more of the posts in a thread...and then rather than,

"What's that fuzzy stuff on top of my beer?" To "Oh I thought my beer was infected, now I know it's a krauzen, it's normal, and it has proteins and other things in it, so what kinda proteins are there, do they come from the yeasts, the wort or both, and should I skim it or not?"

Which is more fun for me to answer because it may lead me to search, or to google or to recall some fuzzy bit of info I heard on a podcast and go search for it for you...and for me...

Besides, probably every tip ever thought of for the new brewer can also be found HERE...which you may have found if you searched for it.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/ston...ght=stone+cold

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I brewed a German Style Pilsner using extract. My LHBS doesn't carry extra light extract, only light. I ran the numbers in Beer Smith using both light & extra light. The results were exactly the same regarding OG, FG, and IBUs. The only thing different was the SRM. Using extra light or light will create the exact same beer right? Just a different color?

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You are copy & pasting jerk Revvy.

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How about making advanced search available to non-premium members. The google one sucks

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I just want a Tap Room in the brew section. I am tempted to just ask my questions there because I know they will be answered by experienced brewers right away, but Revvy scolds me if I do.

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You are copy & pasting jerk Revvy.
No, I am someone who actually spends time coming up with detailed answers for the same questions that get asked over and over...and because I want to help people become better brewers..

And this place is friendly place...we don't resort to name calling here...
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How about making advanced search available to non-premium members. The google one sucks
That I thoroughly agree with...and have campaigned for, especially since I wrote a detailed primer to help people get some of those answers on here.

It's in the stone cold thread as well...
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I spend quite a bit of time here lurking and reading (hours per day). But, every once in a while I have a question that I can't seem to find a definitive answer to. <shrug>

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No, I am someone who actually spends time coming up with detailed answers for the same questions that get asked over and over...and because I want to help people become better brewers..

And this place is friendly place...we don't resort to name calling here...
Somebody is very sensitive! That was meant to be joke actually. However, I forgot that I read somewhere that if we are going to do that, use a smiley to show it. I should have searched for that thread. No offense meant.
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