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Equipment and Software / BTU recommendations
« on: August 30, 2011, 08:15:56 PM »
I'm looking at upgrading from my single burner bayou cooker to a larger, two burner camp system.  I'm wondering what you guys recommend as a minimum heat output requirement?  I currently boil at 6 gallons, but may soon try my hand at larger batches, and don't know what will be required to heat a 10 gallon boil in a reasonable amount of time.  Suggestions?

Yeast and Fermentation / Multiply and Split
« on: February 06, 2011, 02:03:05 PM »
I have seen a lot of videos and instruction blurbs about how to harvest used yeast and store for future use in another beer.  Is there a reason one can't buy a packet of yeast, pitch it into a starter set up to allow the yeast to multiply, then store again in smaller portions each ready to pitch into a 5 gallon batch, or to make a starter?  I haven't seen anyone describe how they are growing with new yeast before pitching once.  Would this yield a better yeast than using a yeast that has already lived through a cycle, since many say to pitch the re-harvested yeast in a lower gravity beer than the first?  If you know of a site describing the process, please post!

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