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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Spilled Yeast while making Starter
« on: November 12, 2010, 10:26:29 AM »
great. thanks for all the help. so by  "chill and decant" does that just mean toss it in the fridge for some time, then pour out the liquid once yeast has settled? do i want to warm up the yeast to room temp before pitching?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Spilled Yeast while making Starter
« on: November 12, 2010, 10:19:46 AM »
so make another 2 quarts with DME and add to the container that the yeast is currently added to? should i wait till krasuen forms or just ASAP

Yeast and Fermentation / Spilled Yeast while making Starter
« on: November 12, 2010, 09:00:59 AM »
Hey guys. Was making a starting yesterday evening with abotu 1 quart of water and a half cup of DME, just before adding the yeast I made the genius decision to shake the vial before opening and I lost probably a little more than 1/3 of the yeast to spewage/spill....

I poured what was left into the starter bottle. The brew that I will be making has an OG of 1.070. Will i need to add more yeast to the starter due to spillage?? or should i be fine since one of the main reasons starters are made is to increase cell count any way?

I know i should just not worry and grab a homebrew....but i'm Just trying to decide if I should pitch whatever the starter gives me, or start all over... Any suggestions? i mean is there a minimum amount of yeast required to make a starter of that size? This is only my second attempt at making a starter. I have two days till Brew Day. Thanks for the help!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Little Home Brew Survey
« on: October 22, 2010, 09:38:21 AM »
1)   A. 21-35
2)   D. West
3)   Recent grad in real estate finance
4)   0
5)   A. <1 year
6)   A. >$1000
7)   C. Bi-Weekly
8)   Couldn’t resist not doing it.
9)   Combine my homebrewing skills and business degree towards a career in the craft beer industry
10)   C.
11)   Varies
12)   Forums mostly

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A day in the life of a nano brewer
« on: October 22, 2010, 09:12:42 AM »
very cool video. living the dream

General Homebrew Discussion / March BJCP Exam in Denver...Study Group?
« on: October 04, 2010, 08:56:52 AM »
Hey everyone,

I am registered to take the BJCP exam in Denver this coming March....anyone aware of a study group that will be meeting in the Boulder area?



Ingredients / Palisade Hops
« on: July 09, 2010, 03:22:10 PM »
I have recently been given a pack of Palisade hop pellets from HopUnion. Has anyone every brewed with these before or know anything about them? I tried looking on the Hop character wheel from Brewing Classic Styles and it wasn't even listed. They have an alpha of 7.8%

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Krausen after 2 weeks?
« on: July 06, 2010, 12:34:26 PM »
If you guys are still interested...i checked the beer on the way out to work this morning and the krausen had finally dropped to almost nothing. While the lock is still bubbling, I am sure that fermentation is done by now. I'll take hydro readings over the next couple days and update

I'm still fairly new to homebrewing (5 months and 5 batches) and I was given the Northern Brewer Deluxe Starter Kit because I liked the idea of having 2 carboys in case I wanted to do some stronger beers and it came with starter equipment plus anything I would need to get more advanced. It has worked great for me so far. However, if you are not looking to spend much they have a basic starter kit for about $75. You can also look to see if you have a local homebrew shop that sells equipment and I am sure they would be glad to help you out with getting started.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Krausen after 2 weeks?
« on: June 25, 2010, 01:10:48 PM »
I recently brewed a Belgian Wit partial mash kit from AHS with the 1% alcohol boost. 2 weeks later, there is still about an inch of krausen on the top of the beer and the airlock was still bubbling about every 15-20 seconds. The original gravity was supposed to be somewhere around 1.048 but i measured at about 1.051-52 which I think is due to the alcohol boost from AHS. The fermentor is sitting at about 67*F, and I am going to at least wait until the krausen drops until I take a hydrometer reading.

My first 4 batches lost the krausen in about 3-4 days and just thought it was odd it was taking so long. I was just wondering if anyone else here has had the same experience, or could explain why this has occurred for so long...

Beer Travel / London, Munich, Prague, Brussels
« on: June 25, 2010, 01:02:30 PM »
Going to be doing some traveling in Europe and will be stopping in the following cities:

1. London
2. Brussels
3. Prague
4. Munich

Any suggestions on great/local places to stop and grab a beer?

Beer Travel / Re: Amsterdam
« on: June 23, 2010, 08:39:24 AM »
The Heineken Brewery is a fun place to stop and check out. You get three beers, a taster mid-tour, and some wort samples. Plus its not to far away from the other sites and museums,

Equipment and Software / Post images of your brewing system
« on: June 01, 2010, 01:55:07 PM »
Hey Everyone,

I have been thinking about starting a project to build a homebrew system and am open to any ideas or suggestions. Plus I am just interested in looking at what other people have built at their homes!  Whatta ya got?

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