I think if you did the chain, which is not a bad idea, it would be wise to put reflectors on it and perhaps a sign that says "private property."
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Bell's, on the other hand, does not last in my house. Maybe my favorite brewery.
Just got a six pack of Bell's Two Hearted the other day and while it is not horrible I don't really enjoy it. I haven't enjoyed a Two Hearted in a while. Seems like the quality has slipped there. Either that or they are expanding too far out from their local and the freshness is biting them in the ass.
Same amount for a porter? 1 qt in 5 gals or so?
We'd have to know your tastes. The good thing about adding it late is that you can taste as you go.
I like to add the sugar once fermentation is well underway. I just reserve 1L or so from the batch, then add that later once I've boiled the sugar in it. It does three things: lowers the size of starter I need, reduces stress on the yeast, and slows total fermentation time. A slower ferment is a colder ferment. Colder ferment means fewer off-flavors.
I know there are a lot of people who do what you do, but I've never found an advantage to it when I tried it.
Don't hops go bad? Do you hoarders use vacuum sealers? I just put them in ziplocks and try to get as much air out as I can.
I vacuum seal them and keep them in a freezer.
This came up on homebrewfinds.com the other day:
10 gallon aluminium pot for $42 shipped.
How sanitary are their lines? There could be all sorts of stuff growing in the lines that gives you the headache. Two of the worst "hangovers" I have ever had came after drinking just one pint, of a beer that I have had before at other venues. I can think only that the beer lines were improperly cleaned.
very good point!
Besides, I like bludgeoning myself through drinking a batch that wasn't it's best. It's a good way to make sure I don't make stupid mistakes again
If you aren't sure of the cause, you can try to preempt them by drinking lots of water and taking ibuprofin and mega vitamin B complex before you go to bed. Many times headaches are simple dehydration. Ibuprofin helps with the headaches and vitamin B helps your liver break down the alcohol. This is basically my NHC Survival Guide.
Actually, you'll do better to replace the ibuprofin with vitamin C and lots of it. Ibuprofin is damaging to the liver. Niacin is the B vitamin you want the most of and vitamins D and E won't hurt either. Plenty of water too.
Honestly, at 1.022 it's not that terribly high for a 1.065 porter. I could see why you would want it a few points drier psychologically but realistically you should taste it once it is carbonated and make a decision then. I've had beers finish high before that I considered dumping but once they were carbonated I fully enjoyed them.