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As long as whatever you stirred with was sanitary, it'll be fine.
I doubt there is any benefit to stirring the yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question on storing beer
« on: August 17, 2016, 09:36:05 AM »
Obviously, the beer would be better off without the temp swings. But, I don't know what the impact would be of several 30 degree temp swings.
As far as the freezer part of the 'fridge. It will maintain freezing temps at 40 degrees but not at 68.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Stored Hot
« on: July 26, 2016, 03:31:04 AM »
If you have some DME around, make a small starter and see what happens.
Nothing ventured...................

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 17, 2016, 01:36:32 PM »
I'm not sure if this is true everywhere but around here local farms are really doing great raising meat and poultry. The factory raised stuff you get in the supermarket just doesn't compare. Not only are the animals raised properly but the meat is so flavorful that you realize that the pork, chicken etc found in the supermarket is completely flavorless.

Same here as well. We buy bulk pork and beef from local farmers. It is definitely better, especially, the pork.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 14, 2016, 01:14:40 PM »
None of my hobbies - hunting, fishing, photography, homebrewing, etc. - save me any money, but they do bring me a lot of pleasure.

Exactly!
Yeah, if markets work efficiently and there's sufficient demand then none of us should be able to save money by doing something ourselves that can be done more efficiently on a larger scale.

In my mind, the "maker culture" is fueled by the feeling that we can make things that have a higher value to us than similar products that we could purchase. Some of that value may be created by freshness, uniqueness or even just the intrinsic value of the work and care that we put into crafting the product.

That said, I grew up raising cattle and farming. While I love brewing my own beer, I'm perfectly content to drive to the supermarket for my beef and bread ;-)

Me too! I'm a DIYer - do my own house repair/maintenance, veg garden, cut my own firewood, do basic maintenance on my motorized stuff, etc. - but zero interest in raising my own meat!

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Equipment and Software / Re: MW102 pH meter issue
« on: July 14, 2016, 09:28:52 AM »
I find that I can get around 2 years out of a probe before it starts to take forever to lock onto a reading or has some other problem. I'm on my third probe now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 14, 2016, 09:24:52 AM »
None of my hobbies - hunting, fishing, photography, homebrewing, etc. - save me any money, but they do bring me a lot of pleasure.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 11, 2016, 09:31:09 AM »
I returned my Barley Crusher to have the rollers replaced last year.
The only cost to me was the shipping to them.
They paid the cost of the return shipping.

The mill works better now than it did when it was new.
How long did it take before you got it back from them?

It took about 4 weeks from the time I shipped it until I got it back.

And, Jeff, yes I flipped the roller around; several times now over the last couple years.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 10, 2016, 04:40:42 AM »
I returned my Barley Crusher to have the rollers replaced last year.
The only cost to me was the shipping to them.
They paid the cost of the return shipping.

The mill works better now than it did when it was new.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 supply source and gas filtration
« on: July 10, 2016, 04:32:02 AM »
I wonder how long it will be before some enterprising supplier starts selling "organic" CO2?

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Equipment and Software / Re: MW102 pH meter issue
« on: July 09, 2016, 04:13:09 AM »
Quick update: fresh ph buffer arrived a couple days ago.
Gave the probe a 10 min soak in cleaning solution, then calibrated the meter.
The meter now reads both ph buffer solutions correctly.
I'll be brewing again next week, so I'll see if the pH measurements go back to being close to the Brunwater estimate again.

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Equipment and Software / Re: MW102 pH meter issue
« on: July 04, 2016, 03:13:09 AM »
Thanks for the advice.
I do have cleaning solution and I'll pick up some new pH buffer (4.01, 7.01).

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Equipment and Software / MW102 pH meter issue
« on: July 03, 2016, 04:07:58 AM »
Lately, when checking mash pH I've noticed that my meter's reading was .2-.3 lower than the Brunwater estimate. After checking a few other things, I used the meter to check the pH of the 4.01 and 7.01 calibration solutions.

The meter reads the 7.01 correctly but the reading on the 4.01 solution is 3.75.
The probe is less than a year old, always stored in the storage solution.
The calibration solutions are both new bottles.
I've noticed that the last few times I have calibrated the meter that it takes much longer to lock onto the 4.01 reading than the 7.01.

This is a first for me with this meter. Do I need to replace the probe or is there something else going on?



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Equipment and Software / Re: Danby 'fridge dimensions
« on: June 30, 2016, 03:31:21 AM »
My keggerator holds 5 kegs and when there's room I've been lagering in the it. But quite often there isn't any room.
My goal is to get something, that doesn't take up to much space, to make the process less hit or miss.
The Danby 'fridge is the closest I've come to this.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Danby 'fridge dimensions
« on: June 29, 2016, 03:30:25 AM »
Philbrew, Juggabrew thanks for posting the interior dimensions. Sounds like my carboy would be a very tight fit, if it would fit at all since I'm assuming that the temp control at the top eats into that 20.5".
I do have a 'fridge I use as a fermentation chamber. Sometimes the lagers tie up that 'fridgelonger than I want and I can't move onto brewing an ale.
Since I don't really have room for another full size 'fridge (already have the one for a fermentation chamber and another that I converted to a keggerator) I was looking for a small unit to cold crash and lager in.
After cold crashing, I currently lager in a keg and it looks like I could easily do that in this unit.

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