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General Homebrew Discussion / Another question
« on: May 27, 2012, 03:23:48 PM »
I have been using my non FDA approved garden hose to clean my equipment after brewing? Is this a big mistake?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 24, 2012, 10:02:10 PM »
Here's a good article/experiment pitting rehydrated vs dry/sprinkled yeast. My takehome from it is that the effects on fermentation and taste vary from strain to strain, but the differences don't seem to be too significant.

http://hw.libsyn.com/p/1/a/e/1aeeb08f8db636f1/Verslag_hydratatie_experimenen.pdf?sid=6af016d2e83556038c0f9b3c0539b4d0&l_sid=18257&l_eid=&l_mid=2665804&expiration=1337919770&hwt=a2139bdfabe76df3bc4385d00ec142fc

In the end, I personally think of it as the decision whether to rehydrate or not equates most closely to pitching rate. I've always been a rehydrator, but I think I'm going to switch to sprinkling dry for lower gravity beers. I will probably continue to rehydrate for beers in the 1.060 and up range, especially in beers where I want a clean fermentation (although I'd probably still sprinkle something like T-58 if I'm looking for more esters).

This is what I had read and commented on earlier. I didn't remember where I had read it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:04:29 PM »
I am not Denny. But I did read an article on this several weeks ago. I don't remember where I read it. Someone researched this and came to the conclusion that rehydrating makes no difference. However in my own personal experience when I do rehydrated my airlock starts bubbling a lot sooner. I have never been able to detect any difference in the finished product though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: May seem like a dumb question
« on: May 22, 2012, 10:19:21 AM »
I have been using nothing but tap water to brew since I began with absolutely no issues. So I would be using the same water, it would just come through a hose from the tap. I was concerned about the hose imparting a flavor, but if it is food grade, would it still?

When my new hose gets here I will run water through it for about 10 minutes or so to purge it, then taste the water coming through it after that. If I don't pick up any hose flavor I will go ahead and use it. But I would definitely purge it before every use.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: May seem like a dumb question
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:49:41 AM »
I just ordered this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Apex-8612-50-NeverKink-8-Inch-50-Foot/dp/B0001MII88/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

It will be nice not to have to keep running back and forth in and out of the house to fill my kettle.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: May seem like a dumb question
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:37:37 AM »
Oh we could definitely taste a difference. I am 56 years old, when I was a kid nobody thought about stuff leaching into food or water.

I was just surfing and found exactly what you mentioned. And it really isn't that expensive.

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General Homebrew Discussion / May seem like a dumb question
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:26:05 AM »
But I just gotta ask. Is there any reason I shouldn't use water from my garden hose for brewing? It sure would make life easier. I have thought about the food grade thing, but as a kid I used to drink out of the garden hose all the time. I suppose we are using different materials for garden hoses these days though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I always liked Tallgrass Beer
« on: May 21, 2012, 07:06:08 AM »
Of course...doesn't everybody?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I always liked Tallgrass Beer
« on: May 19, 2012, 02:39:43 PM »
I toured thier brewery. I recommend a designated driver if you ever do. They pass around pitcher after pitcher throughout the entire tour. And it is a free tour.

 The owner was a member of the Topeka home brew club before he decides to go into business.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tubing and autosiphons
« on: May 19, 2012, 07:22:10 AM »
+1 hokerer
I do the same

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General Homebrew Discussion / I always liked Tallgrass Beer
« on: May 18, 2012, 01:57:32 PM »
But I like them even better now. They obviously support home brewers.
 http://www.northernbrewer.com/tallgrass-pro-series-kits-244345/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Small Batch Question
« on: May 17, 2012, 09:41:13 AM »
Would a food grade 5 gallon bucket be too big to use for a 2 gallon batch? Or would the CO2 just take longer to fill the head space?

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Now if they will just legalize home brewing.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Aroma hop question
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:08:26 AM »
I don't know how old they are. I don't know how I got them. Probably in a recipe kit I modified. I just found them in the freezer when I was getting my cascades and wondered about using them.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Aroma hop question
« on: May 13, 2012, 10:08:48 PM »
I am always up for something new.

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