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Current Projects

AG FAQ Category

We need a new category to start creating FAQ pages that result from forum posts. This category will be the landing page for sticky threads and will then be able to branch off as necessary. --Bradsul 15:16, 13 September 2007 (CDT)

I recently reorganized the old troubleshooting/questions categories a bit, so there's already a Category:Frequently Asked Questions category. Technical questions should probably redirect there, and maybe a new forum-specific questions subcategory could be added there. --Chapka 08:21, 14 September 2007 (CDT)

Beer Ingredients Re-organization

I'm also planning to tackle the rest of the Beer ingredients subpages eventually, especially the grain and malt pages, which I'd like to reorganize along the same lines as the hops pages. --Chapka 13:21, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

I've reorganized the main Category:Beer ingredients page in preparation for this project. I tried to pick descriptive, non-controversial names for the ingredient categories ("Fermentable Adjuncts", etc.) so that these can be listed separately. Next I'll probably tackle the category tree for grains (right now everything's just under a single "Malt" category) and rework some of the current grain pages, which are basically just ProMash output. See Vienna Malt to see my current thoughts on what a malt page might look like. --Chapka 12:55, 11 October 2007 (CDT)
I've started working on the grain categories. Under the new scheme, Grain will be the top-level rather than Malt, since I wanted there to be one top-level category that would include both malted and unmalted grains (such as roasted barley). Malt will be a second-level category and there will be a separate category for unmalted grain.--Chapka 14:00, 1 November 2007 (CDT)

Yeast Starters How-To

I put up basic information on the Yeast Starters page. If anyone would like to take a series of photos of themselves going through the process, and put them up, it would really help a lot. --Torchiest 18:45, 11 February 2007 (CST)

I'm going to be washing my belgian wit yeast soon, I'll take pictures and document that as it goes along. --z987k 04 May 2007
Next time I make a starter I'll take pics and post them since it seems no one has done this yet. --Thejadeddog 03 October 2007 Black Girls

American Handy-Book

I've started an etext version of some of the relevant bits of the Wahl and Henius American Handy Book of the Brewing, Malting, and Auxiliary Trades, in the style of WikiSource. I'll probably submit it there and at Project Gutenberg in addition to/instead of here if I ever get the whole thing finished; in the meantime, I'm doing a few shorter chapters as a proof-of-concept and will then try to fill in some of the more relevant chapters.--Chapka 13:10, 27 November 2007 (CST)

Pages to be deleted

Simple all grain brewing

All Grain Walk Through

All Grain Brewing Simplified

I have collapsed all info into All-grain brewing to create an article with all the info needed to all grain brew. Yes it still needs work, but it works as a central article with branches to more detailed articles if the reader wants more detail. Peas and corn 22:38, 7 December 2008 (CST)

I have created a simple template for articles which should be deleted (Template:ToBeDeleted). To add it to a page, insert {{ToBeDeleted}} at the beginning. To see all of the pages which have been so marked, find "Template:ToBeDeleted" using the search box, and click on the 'What links here' link in the Toolbox (on the lower left). JamesClark 2009 Aug 09

Mistakes to Be rectified

The capitalization of article titles is a little bit haphazard right now, which in the long run will result in a lot of dead links. The usual wiki practice is to capitalize only the first letter of an entry unless the title is also a proper name.

For example, right now if I type: "Irish ale is usually not brewed with 6-row malt", neither of the links work, even though there are pages for both Irish Ale and 6-Row Malt. To get to those pages, I have to use a pipe to the capitalized version in every link.

The easiest solution is to make sure that you create lowercase redirects for any uppercase-titled pages, but in the long run it would probably be better to standardize the articles themselves.

--Chapka 10:28, 14 August 2007 (CDT)

Help Requested


I was trying to use the DISPLAYTITLE magic word to see if I could create a pH page, but the parser doesn't see it. Apparentlyit's turned off by default in this version of MediaWiki; any chance of getting it turned on?

Math tags?

The editor has an option for adding TeX-formatted formulae inside math tags, but it doesn't actually seem to be parsed. For example, I just see plain text for the following, which in Wikipedia displays an equation:

<math>-b \pm \sqrt{b^2 - 4ac} \over 2a</math>

Is this something that needs to be turned on by an admin?

I think it requires latex to be installed on the server. I have no idea what kind of hosting environment homebrewtalk is on. You could PM TxBrew (the site admin) in the forum and see if he has any ideas. --Bradsul 14:00, 5 December 2007 (CST)

Additions Requested/Suggestions

YouTube Support

It looks like some backend stuff needs to be done in order to allow embedded youtube videos. I tried embedding my aeration time lapse as the youtube directions suggest and it doesn't work. The code just gets displayed. Check this out: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:YouTube_%28Iubito%29 Bobby M 14:11, 14 February 2007 (CST)

Forum Help Section

As detailed here:http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=29881 I think it might be wise to have a forum help section. --Olllllo 16:39, 17 May 2007 (CDT)

Unless somebody beats me to it I will get started on this tonight. --Bradsul 16:55, 17 May 2007 (CDT)

Troubleshooting Aromas, Flavors, Etc.

I've repurposed Category:Troubleshooting, since the troubleshooting and common questions sections seemed to overlap a lot. The idea is to have a comprehensive index of off flavors and aromas and other beer problems, where when you click on a description (Green apples) it'll redirect you to a page on the off flavor, what causes it, and how to avoid it (Acetaldehyde). Everyone please add your favorite adjective for describing homebrew, good or bad! --Chapka 08:27, 14 September 2007 (CDT)