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Old 09-25-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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Post a quick tidbit on what's made brewing easier/your beer better. Don't start an argument with your comment, this thread is just to condense the wisdom of HBT in one place!

I'll start.

Don't depend on airlock activity to know if fermentation is active/finished, use a hydrometer!


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Old 09-25-2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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Clean as you go. Set a timer for hop additions, and you can clean for almost an hour while waiting.


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Old 09-25-2012, 12:06 PM   #3
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Move to full boils if your extract brewing, cool wort as quickly as possible, pitch the proper amount of yeast and control your fermentation temp.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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Move to full boils if your extract brewing, cool wort as quickly as possible, pitch the proper amount of yeast and control your fermentation temp.
You can get around some partial boil problems by doing late extract additions or pasteurizing the extract separately.

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Clean as you go. Set a timer for hop additions, and you can clean for almost an hour while waiting.
If you only have a bittering addition, maybe. As for me, I start the boil, watch for the hot break, add fermcap and then some hops. I watch it again and then I set a timer for 20 minutes remaining. I usually have to wipe down the chiller, sanitize more stuff, and possibly scrub a carboy. It's not simply cleaning up the mess I just made.
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Use the search function. Threads JUST LIKE THIS already have been tried and failed. The wealth of HBT knowledge is here on HBT...
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:03 PM   #6
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Use the search function. Threads JUST LIKE THIS already have been tried and failed. The wealth of HBT knowledge is here on HBT...
Not to mention that half the wisdom is in the discussion itself.
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Well,I'd have to sat the biggest one around here is teaching patience. I can't remember how many times we've preched this sermon. Let the yeast do their thing. They have their own time table that doesn't always follow yours. Let it settle out after Fg to get clearer beer that's already on it's way to being balanced by the time it's ready to be packaged.
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Make good beer in 5 easy steps (in order of importance):
Fermentation Temperature
Fermentation Temperature
Fermentation Temperature
Pitching the correct number of healthy yeast cells
Oxygenating to 8ppm with pure O2
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