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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Smack pack did not inflate
« on: September 24, 2010, 05:13:24 PM »
It's nice to know those little critters are so hardy!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Smack pack did not inflate
« on: September 23, 2010, 01:44:39 PM »
The yeast I plan to brew with this weekend was well past the Best Use date, but it is what the store had.  I smacked it last night, and there is no real swelling.  I plan on putting it into a starter tonight, but was wondering if people have succeeded under such circumstances?  Is there still possibly enough viable yeast to take off in a starter?

And as I use a stir plate and foam stopper for my starters, I won't see bubbling;  once settled, how many mm of yeast typically collect in the bottom of a 2000ml flask?

Thanks.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How long will my grain last?
« on: August 27, 2010, 12:33:32 AM »
Last time I checked, a decade would match 'at least a year'.  So on what grounds is he incorrect?


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Zymurgy / Re: 2011 Zymurgy topics
« on: August 26, 2010, 02:05:20 AM »
The history info would be great; the people, places, and even the politics of brewing's foundations.

How about some comparative analysis?  There are so many grain choices, with more showing up all the time (including a lot of organic malt).  The same for yeasts.  So why not a recipe per month where two grains and two yeasts are compared? They could be two 10 gallon batches so that the four combinations could be tried.  I know it'd be a hardship to find volunteers to help rate and dispose of all that beer, but perhaps you could manage!


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Zymurgy / Re: 2010 Sept./Oct. - Batch Sparging
« on: August 26, 2010, 01:55:22 AM »
I found it a well-written article. Thanks!  I fly sparge, as it's trivial for me to do on my cheap sculpture, but, if I was using an Igloo I'd switch.

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Equipment and Software / Re: crankandstein vs barley crusher
« on: August 26, 2010, 01:51:09 AM »
When you buy a piece of equipment of this caliber, they are all going to be good.  Unless you define the criteria to judge them on, then do a double-blind study, it's pretty much personal preference. I have the low end 3 roller crankandstein, and I think it's wonderful.

I also prefer vi over emacs.

A fair way of deciding is to go with the same on as someone who's opinion you respect.

Enjoy whichever one you get!

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