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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WY1388 - golden strong ale
« on: May 18, 2019, 07:42:15 PM »
I think a quality Continental pilsner malt and around 20% simple sugar is a good place to start.

Equipment and Software / Re: Anvil Foundry
« on: May 18, 2019, 06:12:48 PM »
It looks like a good choice as far as those coffee urn style mash tuns go.  I'd want to modify the wort return to reduce splashing (ideally it would be under the wort level).

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WY1388 - golden strong ale
« on: May 18, 2019, 06:08:51 PM »
Planning on about 10% sugar and a 90 minute mash at 148f. Any guess on the amount of attenuation I would get from this strain?

From my last 3 batches with 1388:

1.073 - 1.008: 89% AA (21% sugar)

1.073 - 1.010: 86% AA (22% sugar)

1.068 - 1.006: 91% AA (23% sugar)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WY1388 - golden strong ale
« on: May 17, 2019, 10:07:20 PM »
I've used that strain plenty of times without issue, but it did stall on me once about 10 years ago.

In 14 years of homebrewing, it's one of only two stuck fermentations I ever experienced.

Equipment and Software / Re: pH Meter on a Budget
« on: May 15, 2019, 02:08:24 PM »
The Extechs aren't all bad.  I have the version with the refillable electrode (I think it was around $90 on Amazon), and I've been very happy with it.

Equipment and Software / Re: pH Meter on a Budget
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:45:55 PM »
I have an MW101 that I am not using if you want it (free of charge).  It doesn't have a probe, so you'd have to get a new one.  I think they run about $35.

Disclaimer: I don't like it.  I seem to be in the minority, but I want to be up front about it because I'd feel bad if you spent money on a new probe and weren't happy with the meter.

Here's a picture:

There are also advanced hop products which are light stable and will not degrade into MBT to produce skunkiness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dogfish is merging with Sam Adams
« on: May 11, 2019, 02:46:40 PM »
Yeah, I think DFH Investors, LLC was the vehicle used by the private equity firm to purchase its 15% stake back in 2015.  I don't know how much they invested, but they're getting a cool $158 million.

My guess is that there are assured director rights for Sam buried in the agreements in the form of a shareholder voting agreement, at least for a reasonable term.

You got it.  Sam's employment agreement states that Jim will elect him to the board as a Class B Director at each annual meeting in the years 2020 through 2029.  Not sure what happens after that...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dogfish is merging with Sam Adams
« on: May 10, 2019, 08:26:42 PM »
Looks more like BBC bought DFH than a merger

There isn't enough information in that article about how the deal is going to be structured to make that determination. 

If you search "dogfish head" on the Delaware SOS website, there are a number of different entities, including Dogfish Head Craft Brewery LLC, Dogfish Head Holding Company, and Dogfish Head Companies LLC.  I don't see that they are saying anywhere which are being acquired and how.

From a consumer standpoint, I don't know if it really matters much.  Somehow, BBC will own some or all of DFH. 

I think the more interesting question is what type of control Sam will have in BBC.  The article notes the Calagiones are getting 407K shares of BBC, but it doesn't say what class or if there are any particular voting rights attached to them (though it does mention they are based on a share price of $314, which sounds like Class A?).  BBC common stock is Class A, and it comes with only limited voting rights.  Jim owns 100% of the Class B stock which allows him to elect a majority of the board of directors and unilaterally approve other important decisions.  Sam is getting a seat on the board, and I wonder what mechanism exists to ensure that he keeps it (directors being elected by shareholders).

There's more to the story than Company A buying the shares of Company B (or forming a wholly owned subsidiary that then mergers into Company B).

Edit: Well, stupid me wrote all of the above without doing a more thorough search of the BBC's most recent SEC filings.  They filed an 8-K two days ago with all the gory details.  The Calagiones are getting Class A stock, and the merger will be between a subsidiary of the BBC named Canoe Acquisition Corp. and Dogfish Head Holding Company (with Canoe being the surviving entity).

There's a lot of other interesting stuff going on (agreements to purchase shares of other DFH entities, employment agreements for both Sam and Mariah, etc.). 

You can read the full 8-K here:

We harvest the yeast that has ‘learned’ to do its job then flocculate out. The yeast that doesn’t flocculate ends up in a secondary, keg, or a bottle and in my case is discarded. So, we keep harvesting the yeast that will begin to produce clearer beer because of how we harvest it.  ...or maybe the Beantown Lager has me reflecting a bit too much in the quiet hours...

Would selecting for flocculant yeast over many successive generations eventually cause lower attenuation as well?

Yeast and Fermentation / 3787 Blowoff
« on: May 05, 2019, 11:10:00 PM »
I pitched the dregs of a 2.5 liter starter on Friday around midnight into 5.15 gallons of Belgian Blonde in a 10 gallon corny keg.  7.5 hours later, it was fermenting vigorously and had already dropped about 5 points.  When I checked on it this morning (about 30 hours in), it was blowing off and had dropped 30 points.

I use 3787 a lot and know it produces a large krausen, but I've never seen blowoff before when fermenting a 5 gallon batch in a 10 gallon fermentor.  That's crazy.

And I'm fermenting it a bit cooler than usual at 67°.

Equipment and Software / Re: Unibrau
« on: May 04, 2019, 04:25:38 PM »
Third batch, and I'm about 95% there.  I just have one or two more things to dial in.  Is anyone else here brewing on one of these?

Ingredients / Re: Organic Malt
« on: May 02, 2019, 09:36:42 PM »
I'm wary of trusting internet sources for this kind of info, but I did find this release from the American Malting Barley Association.  Maybe it could be used as a jumping off point for further research.

"Glyphosate is not labeled for post-heading application on malting barley in the United States as a pre-harvest aid to kill weeds, as a desiccant to dry down the crop, or for any other reason.

Dr. Michael P. Davis, AMBA President, notes that 'our members will not knowingly buy malting barley, wheat or other grains, regardless of the grain’s origin, that are treated after heading with these chemicals and residue testing is being performed.' "

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3724 - Smoky Phenol
« on: May 02, 2019, 06:14:36 PM »
Do you think this will clear up.

I personally would not worry about it until the beer has finished fermenting and is cold and carbonated.  See if you are still picking up an off flavor at that point, or after a few weeks of cold conditioning.

If you can find a reference on Star San degrading plastic that would be interesting.

The tech sheet says:

"It is not recommended to use STAR SAN HB on soft metals because of the acid nature of
this product."

Not exactly on point but fairly close...

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