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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvesting some yeast
« on: July 01, 2015, 11:19:45 PM »
So I have had this idea for a while and I wanted to try it out.

So I am brewing a 2.5 gallon batch of a Amber Ale to see if this works. I took the o-ring off of a bottling bucket and put it the top of a mason jar. I am going to boil enough water to fill the mason jar up about half way. So in theory the yeast coming out of the blow-off tube will go into a clean sanitary environment. Thoughts, concerns or advice?
I have just harvested WY3787 through the blow off tube.  Large pickle jar with some well water.  Cold crashed the collection jar after I replaced the blow off tube with an air lock on the primary.  Decanted and added 500ml of starter wort to have the yeast stored under beer.  Have 250 ml of compacted yeast in a quart mason jar.  I'll also harvest from the primary in a few weeks. 

May have been risky using well water in the collection jar, but never had an infection before, or maybe not yet, from not boiling well water for brewing.

Are you using a combination of twist off cap bottles and pry off cap bottles?  Twist off cap bottles may not seal well.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Expiration on Yeast
« on: March 14, 2015, 09:25:01 PM »
So for two packs together, would you suggest a smaller starter? 1L? I was thinking of doing 1.5L w/ two packs cuz its just this one 1.056-1.059 beer i plan to make.
I think brewinhard means a lower SG starter for the first step.  Make up a 1.010 starter to prevent stress on the yeast.  Step two can be a typical 1.038 SG.  Start with one liter then move up to 1.5, or greater, to get the cell propagation you need.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Coopers Dry Yeast
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:12:47 PM »
They are not the same yeasts.  Here is a link to more information on the yeasts.
Didn't get far enough in Coopers site for equivalent yeast information.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Do you strain your wort?
« on: January 06, 2015, 04:12:39 PM »
I strain through a fine mesh bag that is resting in a funnel with a built in strainer.  Harvested yeast is much cleaner.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Dogs Premiere
« on: October 01, 2013, 11:59:37 AM »
The reality of brewing is as much as I like to do it it just isn't fun to watch someone brew beer.
Let's say Samuel Clemens was a hobby brewer.  Might be a whole lot of fun waiting to bottle.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast washing
« on: June 08, 2013, 07:07:11 PM »
Are you asking if you can wait a week or two before rinsing the yeast?  If so;  It is better to do it as soon as possible.  Without your beer sitting on top of the yeast cake the protective layer of alcohol allows for greater risk of contamination.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: when to check for bottle bombs
« on: June 08, 2013, 07:51:31 AM »
One week would be a good time to begin checking carbonation pressure if you are conditioning at about 70°.  In the meantime have your bottles in plastic totes with lids to contain possible flying glass and beer.  Handle the bottle you will be checking very gently.  Gloves and eye protection would be a very good idea.  If the first bottle is okay, check another at two weeks.  Select this bottle from one that may have been  bottled first/last, but the opposite of the first bottle checked. 

All Things Food / Re: Fermenting Crock
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:53:49 PM »
I use a 5 gallon Red Wing for corning beef brisket.

All Things Food / Starsan and tomato paste
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:36:37 PM »
The quantity of tomato paste in my recipes typically will not require the entire 6 oz can.  Two months ago I tried an experiment.  After one tablespoon of paste was used I scraped down the inside of the can fairly well and sprayed with enough Starsan to form a thin layer of the solution.  Covered the can with a double layer of plastic wrap held on with a rubber band.  No mold yet.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 12, 2013, 09:57:34 PM »
I have 2 cases of 22 oz bottles (new) that I'll need to clean and sanitize by next weekend. Please share your best practices and can I clean ahead of time? I don't have a bottle tree so drying is a concern. Do I need to fully submerge all of the bottles in star san or just spray with a bottle?
My procedure with new bottles;
Dish washing soap and bottle brush on electric drill.  Removes manufacturing oils and warehouse dirt/dust. 
Rinsed with jet washer on faucet.  Store bottles upside down with bottle mouth on clean plastic wrap in carton.
On bottling day;  Few tablespoons of starsan solution in each bottle from gallon jug using a small funnel.  Shake well to fully wet inside.
Dump starsan from bottles into bucket for sanitizing other equipment.
Bottles are turned upside down in a drip rack I made by drilling holes in a board.
Bottle caps are sanitized in starsan solution.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: DMS in extract kit
« on: April 21, 2013, 08:12:16 PM »
Is DMS not a concern for an extract kit? And if it is not, does this mean I can avoid boiling the mash for 60 minutes? Thanks.
DMS has been boiled off in the manufacture of the extract.  A boil is not necessary.  Going for a pasteurization temperature and time may not be a bad idea.  If you do boil the extract, and the boil is not vigorous, you will create the precursors for DMS.  Found this information at Coopers, AU last night.

Hop Growing / Re: Hop trellis options and a few other questions
« on: March 06, 2013, 12:22:03 AM »
So this Spring is coming up quite quickly, and I have been rummaging the internet for places to order plants or rhizomes for a hop trellis, which is in the drawing stage as of now. I only plan on growing four types of hops, probably all around American; Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, and Willamette. I have my reasons.. Well, anyway, I would like to know:

1. Where is a good website to purchase hops? (I purchased a Centennial plant from High Hops in Colorado last year, which grew beautifully by the way) which brings me to number 2..
2. Plant or rhizome? What have you had best luck with?
3. My yard sees plenty of sun, and living in suburban Chicago that's pretty lucky. Would it be best to do 8 feet up coir yarn, and then 8 feet horizontal with coir yarn to my garage, or just straight up pole with coir coming down from the "T"-eed top? I'm looking for ease of harvest over any reason, which makes me think option 2 might be tough.

Any insight on any of these question would be greatly appreciated.

Jungs Garden Supply has some of the hops you want.

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