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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 002
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:21:27 AM »
+1 to everything major said.
 
I used this yeast for my Christmas ale this past year. I made a 2L starter same method, and there was very little activity if any.  I felt like I had to swirl it more than most starters.  I pitched it and it worked the way major described.   I will say that I bottle conditioned my beer to give out as gifts and it took a long time to carbonate.  For what its worth my Christmas ale was a gingerbread beer and this yeast worked well with it.  The residual sweetness and fruity taste complimented the spices.  Not sure what you’re brewing but I would check the gravity and if it is still good I would use it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: First kegging attempt, Explosion
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:51:49 AM »
I didn’t have one explode, but I had an infection that pushed out the top and bottom and shot beer out the seal where the tap is. I liked using them, but I found them hard to clean around where the tap is unless you did it immediately and you have to be careful not to scratch the interior coating. Immediately and careful are not always my friends.

I dont know about all of other brands, but Hofbrauhouse minkegs are the same kegs. They cost about the same as new ones but they are filled with beer.  You just need to remove the vent that is in the bunghole. I got to say bunghole.

Edit for lack of proofreading

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All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: January 23, 2014, 11:04:41 AM »
I bought the Emeril cookware for my mom years ago when she desperately needed new pots and pans. It was a really good buy for the price. She still has them and they are as good as when I bought them. I think they are made by Allclad.

We were gifted an Allclad set for our wedding and I like them a lot. They heat even, are easy to clean, and are durable.  I dont use non-stick so the easy to clean stainless steel and cast iron is all I use.  I would also recommend only buying what you think you need and I would look in Marshalls, homegoods, TJmaxx or whatever store has kitchenware because they do sell “name brands for less”.  Marshalls by me lately has had a lot of Lodge, Le Creuset, Calaphon stuff for about 50% off plus there’s usually a bunch of other kitchen gadgets that you can wonder how to incorporate into your brewing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Disappointing carbonation
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:26:54 PM »
They probably use only some proprietary bottle.  Ill have to bring a Mr beer bottle with me next time I go over and check…provided I can find them. I can bring my Christmas ale because it still didn’t carbonate. Hope the OP's did.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Disappointing carbonation
« on: January 08, 2014, 08:36:08 AM »
My wife has a SodaStream device made for infusing carbonation into H2O for bubbly water.  We just wondered.  We tried it.  Let me tell you, this is the solution to a problem I hope never to have again.  One blast from the CO2 bottle and I had wonderful head and fizz.  Forced carbonation baby step.  I have no keg or CO2 bottle, and it wouldn't have helped in the bottle, anyway.  This is a solution for those in that unfortunate position.
I have been wondering how well this works. I brought a growler to a friends house that was flat. I'm still having issues bottling from keg to growler or bottle. They had a sodastream but no co2 canister so I never got to try it.   I'm glad to hear it worked.

I have a bottled Christmas ale that has been slow to carbonate, the same amount of time as yours. I gave most of them away knowing they might not be fully carbonated by Christmas and told people to wait a week or so before drinking them. The ones I have opened recently were still flat.  I used the same process I always do, which is pretty much the same thing you did and others suggested, and for some reason they werent carbonated. I can only think that the temps in our house were low and slowed the yeast down...or there is a problem with the yeast. Still tastes good. I might have to check one tonight.

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The Pub / Re: Found this today
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:21:29 PM »
Wasn't there one in opening in New Mexico or somewhere around there? This is much closer. Ill have to swing by there sometime.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Haze in carboy
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:15:27 PM »
Nice avatar, by the way. That was one of my favorite albums as a kid.
Thanks. Was one of mine favorites too. I actually made it for a label for the beer I brewed for the birth of our daughter. Not too many people knew it. Some thought it was actually her. Beer Birth??:o
Good luck. The haze would bother me too.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Haze in carboy
« on: December 13, 2013, 01:18:57 PM »
I was gifted three nasty carboys and after cleaning them, they still had some kind of haze. After I soaked them in Starsan for a few days, they looked brand new.  Soaking doesnt really take any effort, so I would try it.  If you dont want to use taht you can try vinegar. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: NB Big Bubbler
« on: November 22, 2013, 08:19:45 AM »
The open mouth would be great to have. My 5 gallon carboys seem like there is barely enough room in the neck to get my brush in....but if I were to buy another "carboy like" fermenter it would probably be a speidel.  I like that the spigot is optional, but that is something that I would want to use. I use an autosiphon so I worry about that being sanitary. Thanks for the info bigbaker

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Equipment and Software / Re: threaded hose barb
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:21:45 AM »
Maybe you were looking for too technical of a term.  :)
I’m glad you looked more into it. I only found it while I was looking at the big bubbler. I actually need one myself for a hand pump I got with some stuff I bought from craigslist.  Hoping my lhbs has it but keep forgetting to check.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA's
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:32:59 AM »
Our liquor store in town  finally got celebration ale in and I had some last night.  It was wonderful as always.  If there was a mix up in kegs it could have been worse.  About a month ago we were at a bar and they had Flying Fish Oktoberfish tap handle hooked up to a Miller Lite keg.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Kegerator faucet location
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:47:50 AM »
Putting taps through the door was one of the options I was looking at for converting a minifridge. It never happened so I eventually bought a Danby chill-n-tap from Costco in Bridgewater. Not all the Costcos have them.  It comes with a dual guage regulator, 5lb co2 tank and sanke fittings.  I replaced the single tap with a tower with a tower with two perlicks. I put the probe for my johnson controller and the gas line from one regulator through a hole in the back for the gas line. I cut the sanke fittings and replaced them with flare fittings.  I can fit two corneys another 5lbco2 tank and regulator for the second keg, some beer bottles and mason jars of yeast in there. I'm really happy with this purchase so far.

The taps being on top have kept my daughter away, but its only a matter of time.  I have done a little(very little research) to find Perlick locks and there are some available:
http://www.amazon.com/Perlick-Wrap-Around-Draft-Beer-Faucet/dp/B000EH2RK0/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

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All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: September 06, 2013, 08:07:25 AM »
I forgot about this thread. I've made some mozzarella a handful of times, not as much as I thought I would, and for some reason the first time had been the best. I had large curds that were easily separated and it was very easy.  The second time was all ricotta. The rest have been varying degrees of curd size but I always was able to get mozzarella.  In some of the batches, I would have a fair amount of whey to separate out each time I heated the curds and it looked like I would get only ricotta like cheese, but it worked out.  For me some of it may be a patience thing, but I think a lot of it is ph.  The recipe I use also calls for less citric acid, 1 tsp and also no CaCl2.  I've used organic pasturized, not ultrapasturized, milk from Wegmans for every batch. The 2 tsp may be for raw milk.  From what I read the curds dont form as well if the pH is too low.

I also got some ricotta after making the mozzarella by heating and straining. It wasn't a lot but it was worth it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Freezer Died; Kegerator Recommendations?
« on: August 14, 2013, 09:48:14 AM »
I also would recommend the craigslist route, unless you are like me, who went the craigslist route and the fridge you bought to convert remained a fridge for years before you eventually just bought a kegerator. I bought a danby chillntap from Costco and replaced the tower with a two perlick tap tower.  I use a Johnson controller for temperature control.   I have fit two cornies, some mason jars of washed yeast, and some six packs stacked on each other.  It was relatively cheap, under 550 for the danby and the taps and tower. Its only been 4 months but so far I am happy with it and my fridge that was to be converted is now my fermentation chamber.  My wife is also happy because she will always have an IPA on a real tap(not picnic) and I agreed to get rid of one of the miscellaneous refrigerators I have in our garage.  Everyone wins!

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