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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: new
« on: January 02, 2010, 03:27:48 AM »
Welcome to the hobby (obsession).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Polo shirts?
« on: December 24, 2009, 06:50:06 PM »
Ya I would be interested.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boiling Wort outdoors in winter
« on: December 04, 2009, 04:08:36 AM »
I love brewing outdoors in the winter. I brewed today and it was 28 degrees when I started with a windchill in the teens. I have never had my propane tank frost and I have brewed when it was below zero.

Brewed  6 gallons of an Octoberfest and pitching  2 different yeasts, 1 carboy with 3 gallons of wort has S-23 saflager and the other carboy of 3 gallons of wort has a partial Cal Lager yeast cake, just to see what each yeast does.

Got my strike water going right now and am going to brew an Octoberfest, it is windy and 32 degrees outside, what a great day to brew.  ;D  

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many carboys do you own?
« on: December 02, 2009, 12:38:39 AM »
1- 6.5 gallon glass
2- 6 gallon glass
2- 5 gallon glass
1- 3 gallon glass
21 corny kegs

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast cake?
« on: November 30, 2009, 11:56:17 AM »
Also, make a starter of any yeast you have saved.  If it works, it works. 

If it does not you will use one of the various varieties of dried yeast you keep on hand in your refrigerator.  Right?   ;)

Thats right.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast cake?
« on: November 29, 2009, 05:00:12 PM »
It'll be fine in the fridge for a week. Since you have time I would suggest you rinse the yeast to separate as much of the trub as possible. Either way, you don't need to pitch the whole yeast cake - probably closer to half or even a quarter of it. If you want you can use the slurry tab on the MrMalty calculator to try to figure out exactly how much.

Ya thats what I was thinking, mrmalty rules!!!

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast cake?
« on: November 29, 2009, 01:47:46 PM »
I was going to brew a Octoberfest this week and pitch it on top of the yeast cake from a Munich Dunkel, well I got sick and could not brew and I needed to keg the Munich up yesterday, and am a little nervous about pitching into a dirty carboy so I kegged the munich and put the yeast cake into a sanitized growler and put it in the fridge yesterday, my question is, will it be ok in the fridge till Thursday and just pitch the whole cake or should I wash the yeast and make a starter and pitch that Thursday? Any thoughts on this?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from Kegs.
« on: November 28, 2009, 09:28:58 PM »
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to tip #4 here...

That's what I've been doing for years and it works great.  I usually purge the bottles with CO2 first.
This how I do it too, never had a judge say anything about oxidation with beers bottled this way.

The Pub / Re: Lets get to know each other!
« on: November 28, 2009, 08:54:16 PM »
Hi my name is Dave and am a CNC machine operator and been married for 17 years. I have been brewing for 4 years and been all grain brewing for 3 years now. I use a blue cooler and 15 gallon keggles on my 3 tier system, so I can do 10 gallon batches. I joined a homebrew club last March ( and have learned alot since joining.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Colorado Malting company
« on: November 28, 2009, 04:15:22 PM »
I have never heard of it so let us know how it is.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 28, 2009, 02:38:04 AM »
I have been a member for a couple years now and love the magazine.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg, bottle or both?
« on: November 27, 2009, 11:09:34 PM »
My process is pretty similar to Kai's. I use a stopper on the racking cane; that seals the top of the bottle, and then you can lock the picnic tap open and fill by squeezing the stopper to control the flow of beer. Like a two dollar counter-pressure filler.

I've also found that I have to deliberately over-carbonate the keg by about half a volume, to compensate for the pressure lost in bottling.

This is how I bottle too, and only bottle to take to the Homebrew club meetings and competitions.

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