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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is your brew day?
« on: September 26, 2016, 09:16:48 AM »
On average, I can usually get done in 5 hours - set-up to clean-up, assuming a 60 min mash and 60 min boil.
Any whirlpool/hop stands add to this time.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: September 23, 2016, 01:22:04 PM »
Some were asking about storage
Per wyeast -
Stability:   1 year, stored in airtight container in cool environment

Yep, can't hurt.  And after all of my protestations, I tokk the extraordinary measure of actually contacting Joe to get usage info..surprise, surprise, I was wrong...again....here's what he said...

I add 1/4 tsp per 5 gal of strike and sparge water, and 1/2 tsp as a slurry 15-16 min before the end of the boil. If you like using the Irish moss for 15, then add it 1 min before that.

So it is water volume based, not batch volume.  And it does indeed go in the sparge, too.

Do the kettle finings go in before or after the Brewtan B?

Brewtan first then finings.  I had not read this thread in a couple months, but I am encouraged about the Brewtan-B and continuing some of the lodo process - but I am not going to obsess about it.  Like I mentioned in another thread, the bronze medal International Beer Cup winner was from Crystal Lake, IL.  They don't do anything special - but they suggest drinking it very fresh.

Thanks.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: September 23, 2016, 03:19:12 AM »
Some were asking about storage
Per wyeast -
Stability:   1 year, stored in airtight container in cool environment

Yep, can't hurt.  And after all of my protestations, I tokk the extraordinary measure of actually contacting Joe to get usage info..surprise, surprise, I was wrong...again....here's what he said...

I add 1/4 tsp per 5 gal of strike and sparge water, and 1/2 tsp as a slurry 15-16 min before the end of the boil. If you like using the Irish moss for 15, then add it 1 min before that.

So it is water volume based, not batch volume.  And it does indeed go in the sparge, too.

Do the kettle finings go in before or after the Brewtan B?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Building up a starter
« on: September 20, 2016, 02:00:13 PM »
That's pretty much all there is to it.
Some are going the "shaken not stirred" route. There's a lot of stuff on this forum on that.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: My beer cold crashed in the keg
« on: September 11, 2016, 04:49:25 AM »
I'd leave it alone.
As you noted, the "stuff" sitting on the bottom of the keg is getting picked up by the dip tube.
After a couple of samples are pulled off, the rest of the beer should be clear, as long as you don't move the keg.

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As long as whatever you stirred with was sanitary, it'll be fine.
I doubt there is any benefit to stirring the yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question on storing beer
« on: August 17, 2016, 09:36:05 AM »
Obviously, the beer would be better off without the temp swings. But, I don't know what the impact would be of several 30 degree temp swings.
As far as the freezer part of the 'fridge. It will maintain freezing temps at 40 degrees but not at 68.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Stored Hot
« on: July 26, 2016, 03:31:04 AM »
If you have some DME around, make a small starter and see what happens.
Nothing ventured...................

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 17, 2016, 01:36:32 PM »
I'm not sure if this is true everywhere but around here local farms are really doing great raising meat and poultry. The factory raised stuff you get in the supermarket just doesn't compare. Not only are the animals raised properly but the meat is so flavorful that you realize that the pork, chicken etc found in the supermarket is completely flavorless.

Same here as well. We buy bulk pork and beef from local farmers. It is definitely better, especially, the pork.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 14, 2016, 01:14:40 PM »
None of my hobbies - hunting, fishing, photography, homebrewing, etc. - save me any money, but they do bring me a lot of pleasure.

Exactly!
Yeah, if markets work efficiently and there's sufficient demand then none of us should be able to save money by doing something ourselves that can be done more efficiently on a larger scale.

In my mind, the "maker culture" is fueled by the feeling that we can make things that have a higher value to us than similar products that we could purchase. Some of that value may be created by freshness, uniqueness or even just the intrinsic value of the work and care that we put into crafting the product.

That said, I grew up raising cattle and farming. While I love brewing my own beer, I'm perfectly content to drive to the supermarket for my beef and bread ;-)

Me too! I'm a DIYer - do my own house repair/maintenance, veg garden, cut my own firewood, do basic maintenance on my motorized stuff, etc. - but zero interest in raising my own meat!

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Equipment and Software / Re: MW102 pH meter issue
« on: July 14, 2016, 09:28:52 AM »
I find that I can get around 2 years out of a probe before it starts to take forever to lock onto a reading or has some other problem. I'm on my third probe now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 14, 2016, 09:24:52 AM »
None of my hobbies - hunting, fishing, photography, homebrewing, etc. - save me any money, but they do bring me a lot of pleasure.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 11, 2016, 09:31:09 AM »
I returned my Barley Crusher to have the rollers replaced last year.
The only cost to me was the shipping to them.
They paid the cost of the return shipping.

The mill works better now than it did when it was new.
How long did it take before you got it back from them?

It took about 4 weeks from the time I shipped it until I got it back.

And, Jeff, yes I flipped the roller around; several times now over the last couple years.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 10, 2016, 04:40:42 AM »
I returned my Barley Crusher to have the rollers replaced last year.
The only cost to me was the shipping to them.
They paid the cost of the return shipping.

The mill works better now than it did when it was new.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 supply source and gas filtration
« on: July 10, 2016, 04:32:02 AM »
I wonder how long it will be before some enterprising supplier starts selling "organic" CO2?

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