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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mr. Malty Use Date in Android App
« on: December 23, 2016, 01:22:43 PM »
Yes, the estimated viability. There is no selection for yeast strain. Thus , no accommodation for strain dependant viability changes over time.
As Jim said, unless we do actual yeast counts it's a guessing game. Yeast is like horseshoes, hand grenades and nuclear warfare, close is good enough

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mr. Malty Use Date in Android App
« on: December 22, 2016, 03:01:27 PM »
It should be the production date of the yeast. Then it will tell you the viability % of the yeast.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stalled Fermentation
« on: October 08, 2016, 07:48:26 AM »
A refractometer is unable to get an accurate reading after fermentation has begun. You can use a calculator to adjust the refractometer reading. Check out this website for more details. http://seanterrill.com/2011/04/07/refractometer-fg-results/
Or, use a hydrometer for your FG reading.

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The Pub / Re: Happy National Drink Beer Day
« on: September 28, 2016, 12:58:07 PM »
Now I have a legitimate reason to drink beer tonight!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: omega hot head yeast
« on: September 27, 2016, 11:47:49 AM »
I used it for an IPA that turned out well. Ferment temp was approx 74°F. Then I used some of the yeast cake to ferment a barleywine. Ferment temp was also approx 74°F. Clean, no fusels with a tropical fruit flavor and aroma from the Topaz hops used late in the boil. I really like the hothead ale yeast for warm weather brewing!

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Issues trying to make an IPA
« on: September 09, 2016, 10:35:24 AM »
Another option would be to use a different hop at 60 minutes. I noticed your 60 minute addition is with Warrior. Warrior has a smooth bitterness. Perhaps using Chinook or Columbus at 60 minutes would add a sharper bitterness which could make it seem more bitter.

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Going Pro / Re: Congrats Majorvices!
« on: August 16, 2016, 11:31:25 AM »
Congratulations! You must be on top of the world!

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It's like an infomercial for beer. I'd be interested to try it if I ever get the chance.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dedicated home-brew supply store?
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:28:59 AM »
I have a place that I order from frequently, online, that has local pickup. They have good selection and prices. Unfortunately, its not a retail shop. Other than that the closest LHBS (The Cellar in Fond du lac) is 45 minutes away. I enjoy going there as the staff is very knowledgable, they have a good selection and prices. There are other places within the 45 to 60 min drive but I don't frequent them.

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All Things Food / Re: Cold brew on a large scale
« on: August 02, 2016, 10:35:06 AM »
That's awesome! I would love to get one of those! It would be a great show piece in the kitchen also.
  To the original question. I don't have any experience making that much cold brew at once. Would be interesting though.

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The Pub / Re: Espresso machines
« on: August 01, 2016, 10:29:17 AM »
I'm not a big espresso fan but my wife likes it from time to time. In her head she wants an espresso machine but I strongly suspect it will suffer the same fate as most espresso machines. She'll use it a few times and get tired of the level of detail involved in making espresso and the amount of cleaning necessary each time it is used.

Last week I ordered a moka pot. It's not true espresso in a modern, machine-produced sense but will get close enough to satisfy her occasional desire for espresso while giving me another option to make a great cup of coffee. I only paid $15 for a stainless steel 4 cup Bialetti, far less than a good $1000 pump-driven espresso machine.
That's one coffee brewing device I haven't purchased yet. I use an Aeropress on a daily basis. Definitely further from true espresso than a Moka pot produces but still makes really good, strong coffee.

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The Pub / Re: Espresso machines
« on: July 26, 2016, 10:56:54 AM »
I don't keep coffee in the freezer for a few reasons. First, I only roast enough for a few days. Secondly, as the coffee rests and degasses the flavor changes. Coffees like Ethiopian can develop some awesome blueberry / berry notes if allowed to rest a few days. Lastly, I'm concerned about any off flavors the beans could pick up from being in the freezer. Although, everyone has their own methods just like homebrewing.
I currently have the Saeco espresso machine that I purchased several years ago. It's decent for the money. Lately, I've been considering finding an older hand pump espresso machine. They look awesome and it takes some additional skill to pull a great shot.

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The Pub / Re: Tribute Brewing, Eagle River WI
« on: July 22, 2016, 10:27:59 AM »
I've been there a few times. My wife & I have been going to the Great Northern Beerfest the last few years. We make a point of stopping at Tribute for a few beers. We always enjoy them!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP830 slow start?
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:15:50 PM »
Well, when I finally had a chance to check on the beer there was no krausen. Not even a hint of foam. I aerated it again and pitched one packet of W34/70 into each fermenter. Thanks to everyone for their advice!
Cheers,
Brandon

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP830 slow start?
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:51:31 PM »
Sorry - overlapping posts.

Yes, in my experience lager yeasts need more oxygen (though I've never seen much good data on how much). It seems logical that the same process might work fine with ales and might stress your lager yeast.

I still think the yeast will get going. Sometimes doing nothing is the right answer.
I still have to check on the wort. However, if it still doesn't have any activity I'm going to pitch more yeast and aerate more.
  I have repitched yeast into a lager before. However, the last time I did that the slurry was very thick. I don't believe I aerated beyond pumping into the fermenters. My assumption is that the amount of cells I pitched last time was a lot higher.

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