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Beer Travel / Re: Where to Go (and stay) in Austin, TX?
« on: August 11, 2010, 09:42:28 AM »
Austin's really grown as a beer destination since I first went there back in the mid-90s. Back then, the only really good places to go were Waterloo Brewing at 4th and Guadalupe (sadly, it's gone now), and the Gingerman. Now there's so many you'll wish for more than four days.

Agree with Gingerman as a must stop. I'd also add my favorite--The Draught House (4112 Medical Pkwy). It's got a top-notch beer list. The food at Uncle Billy's was pretty good, as was the beer, so I'd agree with adding that to the list. There's a few local breweries, but I'm not sure what their hours are or if they have tap rooms--(512), Independence Brewery, and Live Oak Brewing Company are a three of them. You will probably find some of their beer at Gingerman, and Draught House.

Have a great trip.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Amount for Starter
« on: May 23, 2010, 02:07:55 PM »
So how do I get a starter bigger than 2 liters? I've got a 2 liter and a 1 liter Erlenmeyer flask, so I've got 3 liters of total volume.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Amount for Starter
« on: May 23, 2010, 08:30:24 AM »
I'm going to be brewing a higher gravity ale than I've tried before (OG 1.088), and plan to use a starter. When I used the calculator on the Mr. Malty site, it said to use 2 yeast packets, but a friend of mine says I really only need one. According to the calculator for 5 gallons at 1.088, I need 299 billion cells, or 2 vials/packs in a 2 liter starter. Am I wasting money by going with 2 packs?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The hoppiest beer in history?!
« on: January 08, 2010, 08:07:41 AM »
Hop God's recipe is also in Randy Mosher's Radical Brewing.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Draining the boil kettle....
« on: December 04, 2009, 12:52:05 PM »
I use a stainless steel pot scrubber attached to my auto-siphon with a hose clamp. It works really well, and at $1 for a 2 pack at the Family Dollar store down the street, its a cheap fix.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hydrometer vs. Refractometer
« on: December 04, 2009, 12:49:14 PM »
I'm going to be brewing my first AG batch soon and wanted to know which is the best way to check for starch conversion at the end of the mash, a hydrometer or a refractometer? I've got a small hydrometer that can remain in the mash tun. The guy at the HB shop recommended it, and it certainly sounded better than the iodine test. I have a refractometer as well, but didn't know if that would be more accurate.

Thanks!

You've got a misconception here, as was noted.  Neither of those will tell you about conversion, and you certainly don't want to leave a hydrometer in your mash tun!  You really don't need to worry about conversion....if you mash anywhere from 148-165 degrees for 60 min. or more, you will have conversion.

I appreciate all of the information and have an additional question. When I'm sparging and measuring the gravity, do I take the hydrometer measurement in the mash (in the sparge water) or do I set aside a wort sample that I've run off to drop the hydrometer in?

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Equipment and Software / Hydrometer vs. Refractometer
« on: December 04, 2009, 07:18:49 AM »
I'm going to be brewing my first AG batch soon and wanted to know which is the best way to check for starch conversion at the end of the mash, a hydrometer or a refractometer? I've got a small hydrometer that can remain in the mash tun. The guy at the HB shop recommended it, and it certainly sounded better than the iodine test. I have a refractometer as well, but didn't know if that would be more accurate.

Thanks!

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