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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Serving suggestions for Keg
« on: April 30, 2010, 08:49:40 AM »
In my setup I find that 7 foot beer lines at 10 PSI works well.
I get a bit of a slow pour and about a half inch of foam in a pint glass of beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermenting cooler than specified
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:49:37 PM »
My experience with S-05 is that it works just fine in the low 60's.
If it is "chugging along", it'll be fine.
The yeast will make its own heat anyway.
No off flavors, just a good clean ferment.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Washing 101
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:43:09 PM »
Yeah, I really like having a jar or two of slurry in the 'fridge for those times when I find I can brew on short notice and don't have time to make a starter.
Of course, I keep a couple of packs of dry yeast around for the same reason. Gotta have a plan B!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Washing 101
« on: April 15, 2010, 10:53:29 AM »
Thanks for the replies.
On average, I brew every three weeks.
I alternate between WLP001 and WLP002 (occaisionally 005 or 007).
I've been filling a quart Mason jar after the initial ferment and then six weeks later using a portion of the jar.
I guess I'll start saving some slurry from the second and third ferment as well.
Assuming good sanitation, I wonder how long it would be before there was a negative effect from mutation?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Washing 101
« on: April 13, 2010, 08:23:55 AM »
I generally re-use my yeast.
I'm curious, assuming that the starter is the first generation, how many generations do others use?

The Pub / Re: I am bored and wish to be entertained
« on: March 03, 2010, 09:45:34 AM »
I can stay awake til nearly 8:30 PM!  ;)
Lately even 8:30P is a trick for me! Its hell to be so old and tired!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: coopers carbonations drops
« on: February 22, 2010, 09:04:52 AM »
My experience with the Coopers drops is similar to Summy's.
I'd say about a third of the time, the bottles were over carbed.

The Pub / Re: Lets get to know each other!
« on: December 15, 2009, 10:17:55 AM »
Name's Harold, live in central Maine and have been brewing since Jan 2002.
Was an extract/steeping grains brewer for the first six years and started doing all grain a year ago.
Other hobbies include hunting, fishing, x-country skiing, motorcycles and photography.
I got into homebrewing when my youngest daughter bought a TrueBrew homebrewing kit for me for Christmas. I remember tearing the paper off the box and thinking to myself "What the hell am I going to do with this?" since homebrewing had never crossed my mind.
Best thing that happened to my brewing is when my wife told me to get out of the kitchen and gave me permission to set up a brewing area in the cellar!
I've been married for 40 years, have two daughters who are both out of the house and off my payroll.
I've been working in the social services field for 39 years, in administration for the past 33 years. Expect to retire in about 4 years!
I've put membership in the Association on my Christmas list but if it doesn't show up in my stocking, I'll do it myself.
I've been on the B3 board for about 5 years as Maineac.

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