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Forum: DIY Projects 03-13-2009, 11:49 PM
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Posted By BarryNL
For me the main consideration with every choice...

For me the main consideration with every choice in brewing in sanitation - nothing will ruin your beer as fast as the wrong organism. I went the IC route simply because maintaining sanitised...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-13-2009, 11:19 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By BarryNL
I think the long running debate over racking to...

I think the long running debate over racking to secondary basically shows that any benefits are minor to non-existent. If it really made beer that much better then everyone would be in agreement that...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-13-2009, 02:48 PM
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Posted By BarryNL
The thing is, this doesn't apply with CO2 tanks...

The thing is, this doesn't apply with CO2 tanks because the CO2 liquifies under pressure. If the CO2 was obeying ideal gas laws then a typical 2.6 litre cylinder containing 2 kg of CO2 would be under...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-02-2008, 12:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,617
Posted By BarryNL
How well kilned is the 2-row? I would normally...

How well kilned is the 2-row? I would normally expect APA to be entirely Pale Malt (which is basically just another name for Vienna) plus a little crystal. If you're sticking significant Munich in...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-02-2008, 12:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,155
Posted By BarryNL
Dang, even that worries me - I can buy weed and...

Dang, even that worries me - I can buy weed and magic mushrooms in my local shopping centre - damn, I love Holland.

Still prefer the stuff I can make at home though - just like with beer.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-01-2008, 11:41 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By BarryNL
In cervisia veritas... never give up on a batch...

In cervisia veritas... never give up on a batch until you've bottled and aged it first!
Forum: General Techniques 01-01-2008, 12:24 AM
Replies: 37
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Posted By BarryNL
Have you ever seen a similar film floating on a...

Have you ever seen a similar film floating on a glass of beer? If so it's probably just very fine CO2 bubbles.
Forum: General Techniques 01-01-2008, 12:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,319
Posted By BarryNL
Well, you have my advice for hopping rates above...

Well, you have my advice for hopping rates above - I wouldn't dry hop the pilsner until you've tried it in an ale first and are sure you like it. The whole .88oz of Cascade in the pale ale for a...
Forum: General Techniques 12-31-2007, 09:39 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By BarryNL
I'd second those choices though personally I...

I'd second those choices though personally I don't mind dry hopping with pellets - if you put them in at the end of the primary fermentation (after about 5 days) most of the junk will get trapped in...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-31-2007, 07:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,947
Posted By BarryNL
The three most important points are: sufficient...

The three most important points are: sufficient yeast, sufficient aeration and sufficient nutrients. Get these three right plus hold the right temperature and your fermentation will work 99% of the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-31-2007, 06:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,836
Posted By BarryNL
Getting all the wort into the boiler and firing...

Getting all the wort into the boiler and firing up both elements is normally my time to crack open a homebrew. Given my usual brewday this tends to be about 1pm which is quite early enough :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-31-2007, 04:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,947
Posted By BarryNL
The bitterness will certainly gradually mellow...

The bitterness will certainly gradually mellow over time. The sweetness might be more of a problem. Did you use an Activator or Propagator pack of yeast? and if a Propagator, did you make a starter?...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12-31-2007, 11:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,176
Posted By BarryNL
Hmm, buying cheap often tends to work out very...

Hmm, buying cheap often tends to work out very expensive. I originally had a cheap digital probe which had a tendency to go wild on occasions (especially if a drop of water got on it) and has screwed...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-26-2007, 10:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 462
Posted By BarryNL
The problem isn't conditioning the yeast to...

The problem isn't conditioning the yeast to sugar; the problem is that sugar/glucose solutions contain no vitamins and minerals - the yeast can feed but is forced to undergo it's lifecycle without...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-26-2007, 06:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 462
Posted By BarryNL
No problem. You could take it out a day before if...

No problem. You could take it out a day before if you wanted.
Forum: General Techniques 05-25-2007, 09:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,193
Posted By BarryNL
Looks fine to me. Some cold break floating around...

Looks fine to me. Some cold break floating around on top and loads of flocculated yeast at the bottom - that's the stuff you don't put in the bottles!

Here is one of mine - probably the best...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-25-2007, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,961
Posted By BarryNL
If they've been recently manufactured they should...

If they've been recently manufactured they should be good for at least a year - probably two or more. Even liquid yeasts are fine if refrigerated for six months or so, provided you make a starter.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-21-2007, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,203
Posted By BarryNL
I've taken to using a campden no-rinse sanitizer....

I've taken to using a campden no-rinse sanitizer. I just make up a few litres of solution with 1.5g campden per litre plus a capful of vinigar. I then just sanitise my bottle tree with this solution,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-21-2007, 10:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 834
Posted By BarryNL
As they say, the three most important things for...

As they say, the three most important things for making good beer are: sanitation, sanitation and sanitation.

The best beer is made by those who are truly anal about their sanitation.

Let...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-21-2007, 08:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,033
Posted By BarryNL
Not unless they formulated a really bizarre wit...

Not unless they formulated a really bizarre wit recipe containing roast barley :D
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-20-2007, 05:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,005
Posted By BarryNL
Grolsch, and a few others, sometimes suffer from...

Grolsch, and a few others, sometimes suffer from the marketing problem of putting their beers in light green bottles (especially for export). When someone then leaves them in sunlight they get...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-20-2007, 04:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,005
Posted By BarryNL
Actually, as far as a fairly dull style of beer...

Actually, as far as a fairly dull style of beer goes, Grolsch isn't too bad. At least you can taste the hops in it, unlike most other lagers.

Still, lucky they weren't the flip top bottles - that...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-20-2007, 04:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,634
Posted By BarryNL
In fact, some white wines are made from red...

In fact, some white wines are made from red grapes, as are many champagnes.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-20-2007, 04:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,033
Posted By BarryNL
Some people just use the term 'wit' for any wheat...

Some people just use the term 'wit' for any wheat beer. Here, is my latest 'wit', well, dunkelweizen...http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/BarryNL_2007/138_3809.jpg
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-20-2007, 11:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 705
Posted By BarryNL
Yeah, best not to look too closely. In fact, the...

Yeah, best not to look too closely. In fact, the picture above is just the tip of the iceberg. Look at the amount of junk left over after racking that batch:
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