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Messages - Mark G

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:28:41 PM »
Well, it's currently snowing here, but the hops are breaking ground anyway.

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Going Pro / Re: Woohoo!
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:51:51 AM »
That's great news! I have to make my way down to check out the brewery sometime.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Infection
« on: April 04, 2014, 09:44:07 AM »
What does the beer taste like?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just Add Water
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:50:07 PM »
When I turned 21 (all so many years ago) I was given a "Beer In A Bag". Just add hot water. I don't recall if there was a yeast packet or not. Shake, store, serve. For what it was I remember it not being too bad. The first third was nicely carbonated and the rest just went down hill from there.
I must say that it gave me the start to home brewing. It just took me a few years to jump all in.
Ha... This is how I started out too, about 20 years ago. The results were terrible, but the science of it all was intriguing enough to have me hooked.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:58:02 PM »
It's supposed to hit 24 tomorrow, so I'm taking advantage of the heat wave to brew a CAP before we drop back into negative readings.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stop That Lager!
« on: January 20, 2014, 11:12:41 PM »
1) No.
2) No.
3) No, assuming the same pitching rate.
4) Yes, if it's done, it's done. If you pitched enough healthy yeast, you should be ready.
5) No.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WL Brett C. Starter questions
« on: January 20, 2014, 10:02:59 PM »
2 vials into a 4L starter sounds about right. I've always used lager pitch rates for 100% Brett beers and that has worked well. A couple things to keep in mind... Everything seems to take about 3 times as long, so wait another day or so before freaking out. Yes, you will see krausen when using 100% Brett, how much depends on the strain. I've even had some strains form a pellicle in the starter while using a stir plate.

It takes a lot longer this way, but what works for me when using 100% Brett is a multi-step starter. Pitch 1 vial into 500 mL, step up to 2L, then step up to 4-5L. With cold crashing and decanting, this usually end up taking 2-3 weeks. Then when I pitch into my 5 gallon batch, it will finish in a month or two (+/- a few weeks depending on the strain).

Brett Claussenii is one of the slower working strains in my experience, so keep that in mind too, but your patience will be rewarded.

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The Pub / Re: A Snow Day?
« on: January 06, 2014, 08:14:58 AM »
I'm just outside of Chicago, and I don't know of any schools that are open today in the area. It's currently -18°F with a wind chill of -Hoth°F. So it's a snow day, but nobody is going outside to play in the snow. Our power went out briefly this morning too. After that little scare, I vow to never freak out again when we lose power in the middle of summer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend 1/4/2014?
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:30:29 PM »
Got in a brew a couple days ago before the multi-day string of sub-zero temps hits. Brewed 11 gallons of ESB, half traditional, and after pulling that half through the chiller, added 4 oz of Mosaic and whirlpooled for another 20 minutes. Both halves are fermenting with Wyeast West Yorkshire, the ESB at 68F, the Mosaic at 63F.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 568 temp question
« on: January 04, 2014, 08:48:32 AM »
I wouldn't worry too much about the stall. WLP 568 is very reliable. Cranking it up to 80 will definitely help it finish quickly though, so go for it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 568 temp question
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:52:11 AM »
I've had success pitching this at 69, then letting it free rise to 78, and holding it there until it's done.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Universal poppet valves
« on: December 26, 2013, 03:09:09 PM »
The universals I have are pretty tall, so on some of my kegs, it's tough to push the disconnect on. Trimming a coil or two off the spring is an easy fix.
This is exactly what I've read about them. How do you trim them? Dremel?
Diagonal cutting pliers. But I bet a Dremel would be just as easy.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Universal poppet valves
« on: December 24, 2013, 10:48:52 AM »
The universals I have are pretty tall, so on some of my kegs, it's tough to push the disconnect on. Trimming a coil or two off the spring is an easy fix.

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Are you measuring your FG with a refractometer by any chance?

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The Pub / Re: Sucker for the case discount
« on: December 12, 2013, 11:14:06 PM »
Enjoy! Those Goose Island sours are sublime.

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