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Old 05-22-2010, 02:52 PM   #1
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I’ve been extract brewing for 1.5 years, and I’ve used the advice I’ve trolled from hbt for the last 5 batches. I’ve learned a lot of things from HBT, and I thought I would share the following list that has made my beer significantly better and easier to make. If you’re new and don’t believe the following, look it up

• A starter is necessary when using liquid yeast (e.g. smack packs), but not with dry yeast. You want to have your beer start fermenting as fast as possible, and I was able to decrease the initial fermentation from 48 hours to 8 hours using a starter.

• Leave your beer in the primary fermenter for 3-4 weeks and only rack to a secondary if you are dry hopping or adding flavors. Let the yeast take it’s time to clean up the beer, and if you’re impatient like me, go out and support your local micro-brew in the meantime.

• Reusing your yeast is as simple as washing your <insert favorite body part>. When your beer has finished fermenting, it has multiplied like God intended- 3+ times the original amount. Wash your yeast and reuse it in subsequent batches as it will improve the quality of your beer and save you money.

• Use a 1:1 ratio between gallons of water and pounds of extract and adjust for hops accordingly. Boil the hops, not the extract – no reason to boil too much of something that’s already been processed and effect your hop utilization.

• Starsan is the shizniggity nig nack of sanitizers, but most importantly don’t fear the foam. I used to wash the foam, and God killed a kitten every time…too many dead kittens…

• Order your hops online. I love to support my lhbs, but they were breaking my wallet when I brewed IPAs. I went from paying $2+ an oz for hops to $0.75 an oz at hops direct. Yakima, WA is close enough that it’s pretty much local, right?

• Support your lhbs and bring them homebrew. These people are passionate about beer, even if their prices are high. You might even be able to get a discount if your beer is good and you bring enough…

• Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew. Brewing beer is an art and you have to enjoy your materials.

Now it's your turn - add the sage advice that you have learned.

 
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Old 05-22-2010, 02:57 PM   #2
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FIGHT CLUB.

I also learned that when you make mistakes, you still end up with BEER!!!
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Old 05-22-2010, 02:59 PM   #3
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Re Shuf: "I’ve learned a lot..."

You said a mouthfull, Shuf!
Outstanding post!!!!!
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Old 05-22-2010, 03:45 PM   #4
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I learned that steeping a few specialty grains is not much more difficult than using just extract.

I learned that doing a mini-mash is not much more difficult than steeping a few grains.

Hmmm I'm trying to figure out where this is heading....
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Old 05-22-2010, 03:49 PM   #5
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"Hmmm I'm trying to figure out where this is heading...."
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SIMPLICITY, ...hopefully,,,

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Old 05-22-2010, 04:51 PM   #6
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I do not agree with premise #1. I've used Wyeast Activator packs exclusively without a starter and have NEVER had fermentation take 48 hours to start. I've also never had any of my beers stall or finish high.


On the other hand, if something works well for you, who am I to disagree? Pez.

 
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:24 PM   #7
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Some of the general consistences here I've came to find by my own experience is not necessarily true. Welcome to the world of homebrew.
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:37 PM   #8
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Some things I've learned in my short time on the board...

*Patience is a virtue to be HIGHLY cultivated by those who brew!

*Things that work well for one person may not necessarily work for others.

*Brewing is MUCH more than a hobby.

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Old 05-22-2010, 06:52 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shuf View Post
• Use a 1:1 ratio between gallons of water and pounds of extract and adjust for hops accordingly. Boil the hops, not the extract – no reason to boil too much of something that’s already been processed and effect your hop utilization.
I'm curious about this one. You boil your hops and then add all the extract at the end of the boil???

 
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:53 PM   #10
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WHat have I learned on HBT?

Pretty much everything I know about homebrewing
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