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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stout Help
« on: November 23, 2017, 06:48:23 PM »
Maybe my memory is off, but I don't remember 1318 being a fantastic top cropper...if memory serves, the reason I've made 1469 my "default" was how well it top cropped.

Maybe the 1318 top cropped but didn't flocculate as well as the 1469. Still haven't found my notes since the move, they're still in a box somewhere...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stout Help
« on: November 23, 2017, 10:12:16 AM »
You can't go wrong with 1318 or 1469, IMO.

The Pub / Re: Left Hand Suing Whitelabs
« on: November 22, 2017, 08:23:59 AM »
Doesn't really play into the lawsuit at all, but I'm surprised that a brewery of Left Hand's size isn't managing their own yeast...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old WLP033 Klassic
« on: November 22, 2017, 06:17:00 AM »
Here's my go-to page when I'm thinking about trying a new recipe for a British style:

I've still got two tubes of the Klassic ale, as I took a hiatus from brewing most of the year. I'm planning on a batch of the "Lees Best Mild" recipe found on that list.

Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:37:35 PM »
Just some thoughts on steels and mill rollers-it looks like the BC and JSP use 1018 steel, which is a low carbon steel. That makes it great for machining, but not so great for wear. I believe I saw something about case hardening for the JSP, which is most likely a carburization process. This would make a huge difference in wear life. Looking around, monster mills use 1144 steel, which can be quite a bit harder. I haven't used it (Still using my sweet Corona mill), but if you're spending ~$200 on a mill, you might as well go with a higher grade steel roller.

But what if it doesn't really matter? I've run thousands of lb. of malt through my JSP in the last 20 years and it still preforms like new.  Harder steel wouldn't make any difference if it's perfect as is, right?

If it's case hardened, and the depth of the hardening varies enough it could matter. If you wear through the hardening no amount of re-knurling will ever hold.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Transatlantic Goldilocks Yeast
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:32:03 PM »
I did a split batch of 1318 and 1469, and it was interesting how it turned out. Like you seemed to find, the two are damned close. In the tested beer, the 1318 seemed to favor malt, and the 1469 seemed to favor hops/fruitiness. Those who tried the beers were pretty evenly split in preference. I opted to use 1469 as my "default" only because it's top cropping and 1318 isn't.

I'll have to watch for WLP009. I've got two vials of the WLP033 Klassic Ale yeast to play with as well. (If i can revive them...) Thanks for the info.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:44:00 PM »
I managed to find some fresh examples of this beer back in September. Man it didn't at all drink like a 5.8% beer...

It's still on shelves around here, but is pretty stale. Sadly some of those bottles will disappear, only to come back out next year...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Transatlantic Goldilocks Yeast
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:36:27 PM »
Have you tried 1469? That's my go-to strain for British styles, and I've used it for a couple American styles as well. (Pale/Brown ales, porter.)

If you have used it for and American IPA I'm curious what you thought of the outcome. I got out of brewing IPAs before I "discovered" this strain, but plan on adding them back into my rotation.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water treatment
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:49:35 AM »
A member on here, mabrungard, is a water expert and has created a spreadsheet, Bru'n Water, that many on here use. It's a great simple tool that does exactly what you're looking for, and also does a good job of explaining what's going on under the hood.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:28:24 PM »
Heard it on the X - ZZ Top

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: November 11, 2017, 06:40:38 PM »
Fire it Up - Black Label Society

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with Propane in a Garage
« on: November 11, 2017, 06:39:06 PM »
Well I scored a used brewing sculpture for a price that was too good to pass up. Since it has wheels, I don't intend to brew in the garage. Any vapors, and sticky messes, will be out in the driveway.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with Propane in a Garage
« on: November 06, 2017, 06:17:43 PM »
Whats the plan for the welding gear? Welding SS, or for working on cars?

Hopefully both, but definitely more on the car side.

No sweat, but I prefer to brew outside and have  done it in somewhat cold weather--okay, not cold by N. Dakota standards.

+1. Brewing in Maryland cold can be fun.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with Propane in a Garage
« on: November 05, 2017, 04:22:50 PM »
That’s what I’ve done for years and no problems.  Of course, if you are storing other flammables in the garage, I’d suggest outside brewing.  Best of luck to you - I hope your new arrangement works out.

Aside from a tin of denatured alcohol and a stock of motor oil, no. Gasoline and lawn mowers NEVER belong in a garage, let alone one where any real work gets done.

I'm hoping to have an arc welder shortly, so I'm becoming a stickler about flammables...

The Pub / Re: Checking In
« on: November 04, 2017, 08:16:32 PM »
Hey Jim! Glad to hear all is well.

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