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Yeast and Fermentation / Storage bottles
« on: March 05, 2018, 10:38:33 PM »
Recently had a son that was a bit preemie. He was drinking very small amounts but very frequently while he was bulking up. I didn’t want to invest in anything too expensive considering they would only be used for a month or two. I ended up buying these bottles to use and have since handed them down into my brew gear for slurry storage. They are graduated to the ml and half ounce.

They are safe for steam sterilization (if that’s your thing) and don’t have the breakage potential of glass containers. The bottles we got in the hospital were in sterile bags, so they might be fine in an autoclave as well.

Medela Breastmilk Freezing & Storage Containers, 2.7 Ounce, 12 Count

General Homebrew Discussion / Sage flavor with Conan
« on: December 04, 2017, 04:42:42 PM »
I brewed a split batch pale ale half with White Labs Conan and half with 001. Bittered with Columbus and finished with Idaho 7 and Exp Lemon Zest. The keg with Conan has a distinct herbal flavor that I can only describe as sage. It’s bad enough to dump. The only difference between the two kegs is the yeast. Biotransformation? Other thoughts?

The Pub / Left Hand Suing Whitelabs
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:22:29 AM »
Wonder how this will go. I’d put my faith in Whitelabs considering contamination sources are high in production breweries, but they have credibility issues after the Sacc Trois and reported Sacc contamination’s in their Brett. That strain is a nightmare strain as it can covert starch on its own. If it did come from Whitelabs, they may have a big issue.

Events / SCHF 2017
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:41:10 PM »
Anybody going?

All Grain Brewing / Hoppy Pils Water
« on: March 08, 2017, 08:23:44 PM »
Where should I be leaning on this? Jever boiled seem ok? I've read it's best to minimize the sulfate, but with the late and dry hops I assume the sulfate would be ok if not over done.

Not going crazy on the late hops. 0.50oz at 20, 1.5oz whirlpool and 1oz dry.

Note: I swear this was discussed recently, but I can't find the thread.

General Homebrew Discussion / Metallic
« on: March 07, 2017, 01:45:39 AM »
Does metallic only come from rust or can it be from yeast? I have a keg that has a bit of a penny taste. Not the faucet as I swapped kegs. Yeast was 4th gen Rustic/3726.

Equipment and Software / Fermonster Closed Transfer
« on: March 02, 2017, 12:18:20 AM »
I've been racking my brain trying to come up with way to perform closed transfers with a Fermonster. I decided to avoid the versions with the spigot as I just don't trust them and I don't care that yours work great ;)

I came up with this super simple solution using two silicone grommets with 3/8" holes and a Kent lock barb for the gas in. Didn't need the o-ring for the test. Worked well. Threading the lid sucks with the cane hanging out.

Ingredients / Red X pH
« on: January 17, 2017, 01:48:05 AM »
I have not liked either of the two beers I've made with Red X even though I have liked commercial beers with large amounts in the grist. I finally jumped aboard the pH meter bandwagon and tested my batch of Red X and it came in at 5.17 or so. Fudging the color in Bru'n water tells me that my mash pH was 4.95 for one and 5.1 for the other. Could certainly explain why the beers were awful.

So I'm going to need to try another Red X based beer very soon.

Anybody else notice this?

Ingredients / Franco belges Pils
« on: October 29, 2016, 07:02:01 PM »
Anybody get this level of break from Franco-belges Pils? Looks like ground turkey.

I am not a skimmer, but I couldn't leave this in there. I got it as a sub for Castle Pils. Stats I'm finding have the protein at 11% which is comparable to other pilsner malts.

Equipment and Software / Fermenters with valves
« on: October 13, 2016, 06:30:51 PM »
How are some of you handling keeping valves clean while fermenting for 2-4 weeks? They way I look at it, it doesn't mater how clean it is when the wort is added if it can't be trusted at racking. I'm thinking a sanitized water ballon or finger condom (the type used in a kitchen for cuts) over the output might be a good and cheap solution.

The valves them selves also leave plenty of nooks and crannies for stuff to hide, but I think that is less of a concern if they are disassembled for cleaning.

Fermonsters now come pre-drilled with valves so this is why I ask.

Kegging and Bottling / Keg King Kegs
« on: October 07, 2016, 05:57:59 PM »
Does anybody have a Keg King keg with the tabs in the lid? Looking at the photo on Williams, it appears the tab is attached with tack welds on little ears versus around the full base. What I want to know is do you have any fear of not being able to sufficiently clean beneath the tab?

General Homebrew Discussion / Headspace and flavor/aroma stability?
« on: September 22, 2016, 11:29:26 PM »
I brought a full keg of Basil Saison to a festival about 400 miles north. Returned with maybe 1-2 gallons. The flavor and aroma was pretty high at the festival, but is noticeably more subdued today, four days later.

Could the drive with all the sloshing and bumping cause the fine aromatics to go into the headspace co2? Anybody else notice a similar effect?

Equipment and Software / Plastic hydrometer?
« on: September 10, 2016, 01:39:03 AM »
NB/Midwest released a polycarbonate hydrometer. I'm curious if it will remain as accurate across various temperatures compared to glass. If I ever have a need from NB, I might throw one in my bag.

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