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Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-13-2014, 12:37 PM
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Posted By hercher
This is a valuable point. It is far better to...

This is a valuable point. It is far better to teach your children to drink well rather than to drink cheap. My son, only 14 and not yet allowed to drink, occasionally helps me brew. He also...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-11-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 187
Posted By hercher
All these comments are helpful. Thanks to all. To...

All these comments are helpful. Thanks to all. To address a couple questions that have been raised:

1. I have a valve on my MLT and another on the outlet side of the pump (about half-way between...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-11-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 187
Posted By hercher
Need Help with Pump

My wife was kind enough to give me a Chugger Pump for Christmas, but I'm have troubles getting it to work. The pump itself works fine, but I think my system needs tweaking. If I have the valves wide...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-30-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 494
Posted By hercher
Ferment warm. The yeast will add its own...

Ferment warm. The yeast will add its own spiciness and enhance the spices you add to your beer. If it's your first saison, ferment warmer than you think. I've known people who have let their beer get...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-20-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By hercher
In my opinion, you don't absolutely need to...

In my opinion, you don't absolutely need to pressurize your keg -- you don't pressurize your bottles, do you? As the priming sugar is fermented, the yeast will produce it's own CO2.
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Posted By hercher
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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-17-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By hercher
There is no need to pitch any additional yeast....

There is no need to pitch any additional yeast. Don't worry about whether you see visible airlock activity -- that means absolutely nothing whatsoever. In all likelihood, CO2 is escaping around the...
Forum: Extract Brewing 02-17-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 184
Posted By hercher
I would imagine. I guess at this point there's no...

I would imagine. I guess at this point there's no harm in trying. If it smells funky, I probably wouldn't brew it, but otherwise, for a few bucks you pick up some fresh hops and yeast.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-08-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 166
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Posted By hercher
I've done it both ways and haven't noticed a...

I've done it both ways and haven't noticed a difference.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-01-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 228
Posted By hercher
IslandLizard is correct. Because your yeast pack...

IslandLizard is correct. Because your yeast pack is so old, you had a relatively small number of viable yeast cells. They'll come back.

Also, keep in mind that it is common not to "see" activity...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-29-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 374
Views: 167,266
Posted By hercher
PBW does not sanitize.

PBW does not sanitize.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-25-2014, 12:25 PM
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Posted By hercher
Like clonefan94, I'll break with the tradition of...

Like clonefan94, I'll break with the tradition of this thread a little. Generally I don't get a lot of annoying responses because, frankly, I'm not very good at sharing.

That said, one of my...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-25-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 838
Views: 103,116
Posted By hercher
I see a lot more fuzzy navals in your wife's...

I see a lot more fuzzy navals in your wife's future. You may wish to lock the doors before giving them to her, however.:ban:
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-17-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 374
Views: 167,266
Posted By hercher
Bleach is not a cleaner. It will make your whites...

Bleach is not a cleaner. It will make your whites whiter, and your fermentors sanitary.

As many others have mentioned, PBW or Oxyclean are your best bets for cleaning.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-16-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 151
Posted By hercher
It seems unlikely your plastic spoon would have...

It seems unlikely your plastic spoon would have scratched your bucket, though it is possible. The way many folks scratch their fermenters is during the cleaning process. Avoid using the abrasive side...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-16-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Posted By hercher
These look good as is, and I don't think you need...

These look good as is, and I don't think you need to make any changes.

However, I'd suggest you use some chocolate malt in your stout in place of the Belgian cocoa. Probably I'd do something like...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-11-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 293
Posted By hercher
I see no reason to transfer to a secondary at...

I see no reason to transfer to a secondary at all, unless you need this carboy for your next batch.

In general, a secondary vessel is not needed. I prefer to handle my beer as little as possible...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-11-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 829
Posted By hercher
It looks good too.

It looks good too.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-10-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 199
Posted By hercher
Just leave it alone, it will be fine. Swirling...

Just leave it alone, it will be fine. Swirling the beer isn't hurting it, but it is unnecessary. A 24 hour lag time is not at all unusual.

If you don't like the long lag time, pitch more yeast in...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-06-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 280
Posted By hercher
That is a very light beer. If you are 5 days in,...

That is a very light beer. If you are 5 days in, and your SG hasn't dropped any, then you will need to add more yeast. (Mind, specific gravity readings are the only way to determine if fermentation...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-05-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 280
Posted By hercher
Regarding your current brew -- 1. What...

Regarding your current brew --

1. What temperature are you storing them at? Keep in mind, if they are refrigerated, they won't carbonate very quickly because the yeast is largely inactive.
2....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-02-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 205
Posted By hercher
Not specifically when using Munich as my base...

Not specifically when using Munich as my base malt, but I typically use a fair amount of Munich malt in my pale ales. I've used Sorachi Ace a few times, and had terrific results.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-28-2013, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,429
Posted By hercher
I would offer a few other points following my...

I would offer a few other points following my post above, and drawing on my experience. An advantage of the brewpub setting is that you can vary your beers a bit more. If you have strictly a brewery,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-24-2013, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 195
Posted By hercher
As a rule of thumb, and this is admittedly...

As a rule of thumb, and this is admittedly unscientific, I always wait at least one week before checking gravity. More often, I will wait two weeks, take a reading and wait a couple more days, then...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-24-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,429
Posted By hercher
I'll preface my answer by stating that I was the...

I'll preface my answer by stating that I was the brewmaster at a brewpub in NJ from 1996-2000. Don't take me comments as discouragement, but merely an effort to keep your eyes open.

The thing...
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