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Equipment and Software / Re: Tilt Refractometer
« on: December 21, 2018, 10:58:26 AM »
Thanks for the replies.
Since I spund, I was hoping for something that would help me avoid having to pull multiple samples to see when I've reached the "spunding" gravity level. It sounds like there would be a lot of variability when using the Tilt since different yeast varieties generate very different levels of krausen that behave very differently over the course of fermentation.

Equipment and Software / Tilt Refractometer
« on: December 20, 2018, 10:34:50 AM »
Question for those of you using the Tilt - does a heavy krausen cause problems for the Tilt? The chico yeast strains tend to throw up a pretty thick head of krausen that sometimes never falls.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: EasyDens density meter
« on: December 18, 2018, 11:18:23 AM »
A question for those using the Tilt - how much does a heavy krausen affect the gravity reading?
For me the chico yeast variety throws up a really heavy krausen that sometimes never falls.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Viability Question
« on: December 17, 2018, 05:11:26 PM »
To paraphrase one of Mark V's comments: the amount of yeast that is pitched is like horseshoes - close enough is good enough.

Equipment and Software / Re: Basic Bru'N Water Question
« on: December 05, 2018, 05:10:13 PM »
What water profile are you using?
Set the profile to "user custom", that will eliminate all the salts associated with a profile.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Question about nutrients in starter
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:22:16 PM »
I always use a small amount of nutrient in my starters.
Is it necessary? I don't know.
Since the goal of a starter is to grow yeast, I know it won't hurt and probably helps.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kraeusen Layer on Starter
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:16:46 PM »
I save and re-pitch yeast so I probably only make 4 starters in a year.
I use a stir plate and the only yeast variety that, on a first step, gives me a large krausen is WLP001 and I usually have to use Fermcap. I get little or no krausen on WLP002 or WLP830. The only exception is when I step up WLP830, I will get a large krausen and, again, I need to use Fermcap to keep it from crawling out of the flask.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dried yeasts and pH
« on: November 26, 2018, 11:36:27 AM »
And can experiment in the glass with just a tiny pinch of like 1/64 teaspoon or whatever (and yes I actually have spoons to measure this).
And I have spoons designated as "tad, dash, pinch, and smidgen," in descending order.   As if Granny's hand could be standardized.

And I thought that I was the only one with measuring spoons like that!  :) 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Style Guidelines?
« on: November 06, 2018, 05:23:19 PM »
Beer judges do not know what ingredients you used to make the beer.
What the judges will be determining is does the beer smell, look and taste like a stout is supposed to according to the guidelines.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What kind of beer for ageing
« on: November 02, 2018, 04:56:52 PM »
I read on another forum about someone putting the bottles into a keg, filling it with water and pushing the water out with CO2. Creating a sort of time capsule. Never tried it but it might buy you some more years. Not sure how many bottles you could get into a 5 gal keg but I imagine it would be enough to celebrate a future birthday.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Trouble on harvesting Black IPA yeast
« on: October 31, 2018, 12:04:07 AM »
I didn't really answer your question about what part of the stuff in your jars is yeast, trub, etc.
Since I've never washed or rinsed (as more correctly noted by Robert) yeast, I can't tell you what is yeast versus trub.

If I were you, at this point, I would pour off the liquid in the various jars, combine the solids into one jar. Also, as noted by Narcout, it is a good idea to leave the lids loose to prevent a build up of CO2 in the jars.

If you will be re-pitching the yeast within 4 weeks, just use the  recommended amount and pitch into your next batch of wort. If the time period is greater than 4 weeks, take a portion of the yeast and make a yeast starter. I know some recommend a period shorter than 4 weeks but I've never had an issue with going out to 4 weeks with harvested yeast.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Trouble on harvesting Black IPA yeast
« on: October 30, 2018, 04:36:56 PM »
I regularly re-pitch yeast. As I understand best practice, it is best to just leave the yeast under the beer. No need to wash it as it does more harm than good.
When I do go from say, an American Porter to an American Pale Ale, 24 hours before I plan to use the yeast I pour off all the beer, add distilled water and mix the yeast and water. Before I pitch, I pour off most of the dark colored liquid. I do this as I've observed a color shift in the paler beer when I pitch the yeast with the dark beer still in it.

Lol, I thought only Denny would get that one

There are a few of us old guys out here who remember this stuff.  8)   

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 4 hours in the sun :D
« on: September 29, 2018, 10:46:32 AM »
If it's skunked, you'll be able to smell/taste it right now. No need to bottle/keg and wait.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Seminars
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:53:41 PM »
While disappointing, it’s at least understandable. After all, we’re human. 

It certainly would have been nicer to know there was a problem up front vs waiting three months, then told to be patient while the gang is at another conference, then finally, hey uh... we messed up.

C'est la vie — time for a homebrew and just file it under ‘bad news rarely improves with time’.

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Agreed! The problem must have been known in July. Why wait until September to announce it?

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