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Sometimes a vial of yeast is getting a little long in the tooth before it gets from CA to ME after being shipped in who knows what conditions. So, I started making starters mostly to proof the yeast. The upside was more consistent results in the end. Is the beer better, I think so, but there's a lot of personal bias going on in that evaluation.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrometer Reading
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:20:13 AM »
I've been brewing for a little over 13 years. In the first couple of years, I used to fuss over, among other things, how to read the hydrometer. I finally came to the conclusion that it didn't really matter as long as I read it the same way each time.

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The Pub / Re: Modern work ethic
« on: April 10, 2015, 03:29:24 AM »
It's good to see there are a few other guys on here that have seven day weekends like I do!

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Equipment and Software / Re: immersion chiller hose adapters
« on: April 09, 2015, 03:37:24 AM »
After messing around with clamping various pieces of tubing/hoses to the copper tubing on my IC, I was rummaging around the plumbing dept at Home Depot and found some adapters for washing machines. They have compression fittings for 3/8" tubing on one end and 3/4" hose threads on the other end. Work perfectly. Sorry don't have a better description of the part.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hop and grain bags cleaning
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:40:57 AM »
I just empty the bags into the trash, then rinse out the bags with plain water.
No issues after 13 years.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:34:45 AM »
I use pellet hops in mesh bags. When I'm finished, I empty the bags into the trash.

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Brewing at home is something I do for fun. I also enjoy hunting/fishing but I sure wouldn't want to be a professional hunting/fishing guide. I guess it's all about the responsibility. I had plenty of responsibility (CEO of company with $30 million gross sales) when I was working (retired now). So if I make a mistake while making 6 gallons of beer, it's just 6 gallons not a big hole in the checkbook.
That said, it is important that you like what you do for work, otherwise, the inevitable crap becomes intolerable.

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The Pub / Re: Simplified BJCP Score Sheet
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:02:32 AM »
Finally, BJCP has accepted reality!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in a Minute
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:45:24 AM »
Just another great reason to join the AHA! Oh, wait! What day is it?

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I've been homebrewing for a little over 13 years and I've always known that the quickest way for me to learn to hate brewing would be by becoming a professional brewer.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: water to grain ratio for mashing
« on: March 29, 2015, 03:35:11 AM »
I've seen references to a range of ratios. 1.25 quarts per pound to 2 quarts per pound. You can go higher and lower than that range. Based on what I've seen/read 1.5 quarts per pound seems to be the most common.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:00:12 AM »
6 degrees above zero, 10 degrees below zero wind chill here in central Maine.
Just another day in Paradise!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Problems
« on: March 08, 2015, 12:07:55 PM »
I had a similar problem with my Barley Crusher.
I returned it to the company for repair/rebuild.
I paid to ship it to them, they paid to return it to me.
It was about a month from the time I sent it to them until I got it back from them.
It works better now than it did when I first bought it.
It appears to be a pretty small company.
I have a name and shipping address if you want it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 4 hours in the sun
« on: March 03, 2015, 04:03:19 AM »
A real hoppy beer like an IPA can skunk in 30 min or less (personal experience) if in direct sun light.
No experience with a porter in less than direct sun light for 4 hours.
But if it is skunked, you should be able to taste it before packaging.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: When to measure mash pH...
« on: February 21, 2015, 04:37:17 AM »
I also check the pH 10-15 min after beginning the mash.

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