Well, it kinda already is an archive... Right here. Nothing wrong with that, as long as there are folks around to maintain the information in the archive.
That said... If folks are to hang around, they kinda need something to keep 'em interested. I'd recommend the following:
Don't make this your only homebrew site. Hang around other forums; keep an ear out ...
Informally, it is not on-topic, looking at other distillation questions and their closing by moderators. Apart from the fact that it's very broadly illegal world-wide (with a couple of notable exceptions), it also is a set of techniques, equipment and skills that are outside the normal wort-production and fermentation process.
When I wrote the question, I didn't think about reviewing new users comments. Indeed, since we do not review comments, it makes sense not to allow anyone to write comments.
So, in these cases, we should flag those answers, but no need to tell new users that it should have been a comment, since they can't comment anyways. After users reach enough ...
My opinion is fairly in line with jsled's answer here. At first I was tempted to flag it but now I'm more on the side of leaving it but just knowing that it's basically on the edge of what's acceptable.
Because very similar things are done by homebrewers in a way that I would consider on-topic, I don't think it matters much that the asker's end-goal is not ...
The way I see it, most legal questions should be off topic. The site should feature expert advice on beer and brewing, not legal advice.
It's similar to an issue on my home stack (cooking) where people constantly ask questions about nutrition. Health related questions are off topic on that stack because it is a community of expert cooks and cooking ...
If you feel the question adds value to the website, upvote it.
If you feel it could be improved, suggest an edit or make a comment and upvote it once the change has been made.
An upvote means roughly, "I want to see more content like this!"
There's no need to be stingy, as you can upvote many times in a given day. There's even a badge for upvoting ...
I've been wondering for a while why alcohol.SE and homebrewing.SE both exist and this question provided some important historical context.
From my perspective, since both sites now cover various kinds of alcoholic beverages, I think merging homebrewing into alochol could make sense. The title "Beer, Wine, & Spirits" does not exclude homebrewing and ...
There is caching for frontpage. Questions page is not cached. For frontpage you will wait a few minutes for the cache to timeout for seeing newer questions.
You can test too see cache times of pages. Tag pages (http://meta.homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/<tag>) are not cached
so you can follow new posts from there too.
In my opinion the "serious enthusiasts" section should lead us to discuss subject matter that affects the enjoyment of our finished product.
I have made a Citra Pale what food should I pair with it?
What shape/size glass should a dark barley wine be best consumed in?
These to me are all relevant to the craft of a home brewer/wine maker displaying ...
This doesn't sound like a good fit for the Q&A format.
Community wiki posts are not meant to be used as polls. The problem is that the question as stated seems subjective.
Content like yours would be more appropriate in chat.
You may be able to find a way to make one or more good questions out of the concept, however.
Yes, they are allowed, but you'll likely find it hard to get a definitive answer since everything past style guidelines is purely subjective and debatable. What one person smells or tastes could be indistinguishable by another.
Beer cannot become infected, only living organisms can become infected. Beer becomes contaminated with a biological entity.
The yeast in your beer/cider/wine could become infected, with a virus; but your beer can never become infected only contaminated.
Strictly speaking we should not have an infection tag, and only have the contamination tag.
Just for the sake of having an answer that reflects the comments:
Cheesemaking is off-topic, and fits better in 'Seasoned Advice' than in homebrewing. The on-topic document over there lists Cooking & food preparation methods are on topic, and I think we can agree cheese falls under food preparation.
I agree with you, that if a question is worth answering then it is also worth up voting.
When questions have 2 or 3 answers each with up-votes but the question itself is sat on 0 votes, I think it could become disheartening for those who have asked the question to engage further with our site and community.
To somewhat split the difference of the other answers, I think it could make a lot of sense to allow questions around home distilling. If someone has a question more generally about distillation, particularly in a commercial setting, I think leaving that to https://alcohol.stackexchange.com/ seems reasonable. But if someone has a question about distilling ...
One way it helped me see the difference between the two sites was to consider this HB site about the production of beer, while the other site is about the consumption of beer, and beer-related artifacts.
As noted, there will be some overlap, since homebrewers are both producers and consumers of beer. E.g. discussion of beer storage temperature and how long ...
Homebrewing is not 100% legal in all 50 states in the USA (or at least it wasn't when I started brewing).
Should be screen all questions to ensure that the poster of the question doesn't reside in Mississippi or Utah? Of course not. The legality of the hobby varies wildly from region to region, and it is silly for us to shoot down questions posted by users ...
I agree it should be closed, although I can see some value in parts of the question. It could be pointed out that it's nearly impossible to make an alcohol free beer without first making one that contains alcohol, and that to do it properly takes special equipment. Yes, you can heat the beer to drive off some alcohol, but the results will be poor both in ...
I don't know if the Stack Exchange form factor allows this, but it would be nice if we could pin to the right side of the page helpful things such as: (1) links to questions/answers/wikis to common "newbie" questions; (2) a link to a glossary of homebrew terminology and abbreviations; and (3) mathematical formulas useful in homebrewing.
It seems to me that the entire premise of beer appreciation is subjective and therefore be very difficult to pose objective questions about. Stack Exchange is about objective facts, so I think this is a non-starter.