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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: refrigerator versus chest freezer
« on: November 05, 2010, 02:32:22 PM »
What kills compressors is short cycling. Just make sure you have the control adjusted properly to prevent this.

more detail, please!

Most external digital 'fridge thermostats has a 'differential' adjustment.  If you set this very low, it will keep really tight control of the temp, but the compress will cycle on and off frequently.  Setting it higher should extend compressor life.

Most of them also have an anti-short cycle delay which lets you program a minimum interval between cycles.

I'm going to be brewing NB's Irish Heavy on Saturday.  It sounded intriguing, and it was 10% off when I was ordering some beverage tubing so I went for it. 

Also going to be kegging an IPA tomorrow night.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Chimay
« on: October 30, 2010, 01:24:04 PM »
I luv a good Chimay red every once in a while ;D  I've never had a bad one, but i have another question.  Does Chimay still use their fermenting yeast for bottling?  I was thinking of making a starter from one.

Isn't it Wyeast 1214?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brett, Bugs Secondary in Corny
« on: October 30, 2010, 01:04:52 PM »
I racked it into the serving keg after 6 months, though it reached terminal gravity after 3.  I thought it tasted pretty good at 3 months; I could have probably just kegged it then.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast on Stir Plate, Brewing Delayed
« on: October 30, 2010, 12:57:28 PM »
I've left starters in the fridge for a whole week without issue.

For the first time, I had brews (Estate and Tumbler) by Sierra Nevada Brewery that I really didn't care for, especially the Tumbler-zero complexity.  A dud in my book.

I tried the tumbler a few weeks ago and didn't care for it either, but I'm not a big fan of this style to begin with.

Equipment and Software / Re: Giant Tea Ball for hops?
« on: October 29, 2010, 04:57:02 PM »
I've also heard that on some of those stainless steal tea balls, the clasps are chromed brass and therefore not good for dryhopping as it will slowly dissolve into the beer.  This happened to someone on the NB forum.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brett, Bugs Secondary in Corny
« on: October 29, 2010, 04:44:59 PM »
Does anyone secondary/sour beers with Brett, Pedio, or Lacto in a corny? If so, how do you set it up so that it gets the little bit of oxygen that it needs to sour correctly?

The one time I tried it, I sealed everything up and just pulled the release valve every so often.  I thought it came out really well - it was a black saison to which I added the dregs of two bottles of Orval.

All Things Food / Re: Try the new non dairy Almond Milk!
« on: October 29, 2010, 04:18:47 PM »
I think it's pretty tasty.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pro Brewers...Fermentis yeasts
« on: October 28, 2010, 04:20:17 PM »
If there's no activity after ten minutes I know the yeast is bad and try a new package, rather than pitching dry yeast and finding no activity the next day.

Have you ever gotten a bad satchet?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pro Brewers...Fermentis yeasts
« on: October 25, 2010, 03:30:07 PM »
That was pretty interesting. Particularly these statements:

"...I have used SO4 for years with no off tastes. And I dont oxygenate it at all. I will also highly recommend WB06 used at about 60% of recommended pitch levels and no oxygen. This stress on the yeast really brings out the phenols for a genuine German-style wheat. Great product."

"I don't use S-04, but I found oxygenating US-05 on the first pitch produced a tart fruit flavor, inconsistent with the beers I was trying to produce. Both major dry yeast manufacturers have mentioned there are enough lipids within the cell for the first fermentation (for average gravity worts). As soon as I stopped aerating the first pitch, I noticed far better flavor profiles for US-05."

I'm hoping to brew Ryan's ruination clone on Sunday after going for a morning surf. It might get pushed back to next weekend though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Call for Ideas - Organization
« on: October 11, 2010, 04:49:37 PM »
This is more small picture type stuff, but I've found that a fishing tackle box is a great way to organize and store keg parts, water salts, pH strips, whirlfloc tablets, etc. Having everything organized and in one place has definitely made my brewdays easier.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: She's nearly done!
« on: October 10, 2010, 03:22:53 PM »
Yeah man, that looks fantastic.

I have the same chest freezer (though mine is white) that I use for a fermentation chamber. I've been very happy with it.

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