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The Pub / Re: Nerd Alert! Star Wars Action Figures
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:34:47 PM »
I have a box of those that I let my nephew play with.

Han Solo, Bespin outfit, customized by my dog 30+ years ago.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Two Hearted Clone
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:00:31 AM »
FWIW, I use Briess pils DME and a couple oz steeped crystal for my 1 gallon hop trial APAs.  Using most other extracts leaves a higher FG.

My experience with Breiss pils DME is that it is highly fermentable.

I've switched to their golden light in order to maintain more body in my beers.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 23, 2015, 10:46:04 AM »
This thing has my saison 14 degrees above ambient and 10 above it's previous high.   It may still be climbing, too.

Very nice.  Thanks for the recommendation.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 21, 2015, 03:19:05 PM »
What sort of tub are you all using to hold the warm water bath?

I've got my better bottle in a metal wash tub (like you would put a keg in) with warm water and my new aquarium heater.

I have a smaller plastic tub that would work, too.  It's deeper and holds less water, but I'm concerned because the heating element would be approximately 1/4 inch from the side of the BB.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Dubbel
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:10:53 AM »
Interesting. I was under the impression that Ommegang used their house strain (which isn't available from WL or Wyeast to the best of my knowledge) for all their beers.

Ommegang yeast is super easy to culture from the bottles.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:47:36 PM »
Dave?  Dave's not home.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:48:51 PM »
Also, they've had disabled people buy them and now they can brew.  I think that's pretty cool.

Agreed.  If there are no other redeeming features, this is a pretty nice one.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Dubbel
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:22:45 AM »
No kidding.  I'll give it a run.

I've always used 3787 for golden strongs.  And for blondes.

For me, 1388 is golden strong yeast...Duvel territory.

Now I've got to go check my notes...

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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Dubbel
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:17:10 AM »
No kidding.  I'll give it a run.

I've always used 3787 for golden strongs.  And for blondes.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:15:25 AM »
Mine is more like the one linked below, but I'm sure any would do the trick.


http://www.amazon.com/EHEIM-Jager-Aquarium-Thermostat-Heater/dp/B003U82YEY/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1424291756&sr=1-2&keywords=aquarium+heater


I imagine the ambient temp plays a very large role in the ability for these to work well. Mine was in the house where the ambient was 68-72

Ordered one of these last night.  I did a test fit in a tub with an empty fermenter and I think it will work.

My saison is going along in the low 60s, but I want to push it higher to finish.

If it works out, I may give 3724 a try again.  I gave up on that yeast a few years back.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Dubbel
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:09:53 AM »
IMO, a dubbel MUST have candi syrup.  Until I started using it, my dubbels didn't taste like dubbels.

Back in the day, I used dark candi sugar and thought that was the trick, but the syrups are definitely indispensable.

I think 1762 is great for BDSA, but for dubbel I stick with the classic 3787.

I don't think I've ever used 3787 for a dubbel.  I might have to try it.

There are strains I would avoid for a dubbel, such as the Ardennes strain.  I know there's another but I can't think of it at the moment.

I've got one headed to NHC fermented with the Unibroue strain.  It's quite nice.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old yeast slurry
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:18:13 PM »
I think 100ml would be more than enough.  You might could go with a little bit more for a 2L starter, but I certainly wouldn't do the entire 800ml.

There are other threads where people get deeper into the right amount of cells to pitch in order to have optimal growth, but in my experience 100ml should be fine.  You want to grow new yeast, not just wake up the slurry.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Crush
« on: February 18, 2015, 03:22:20 PM »

Try right clicking and selecting copy image URL. the image below is from my Google Photos



That box label is open to misinterpretation.  Just saying. 

I don't imagine there's different cups for the Asian kids, etc.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Crush
« on: February 18, 2015, 03:20:05 PM »
I crush a lot finer than that.  Depends on your system, though.

I think I need to do so.  Used my new Barley Crusher on Monday and got a crush like the one posted.  Not pleased with my efficiency, but I am consistent.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Issues with BYO stir plate
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:34:55 PM »
Dunno.

Could the magnet be flipped?  But then the bar wouldn't stick to the box.

If the fan is too fast, you'll throw the magnet.  If the magnet was too strong, I think it might stop the fan from spinning.  But I don't know for sure.

I've never had an issue with my stir plates.  I used hard drive magnets, which have a different shape.

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