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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Confessions of a Yeast Abuser
« on: April 11, 2016, 02:33:49 PM »
I just repitched some lager-yeast but did it according to mrmalty. Pitching on a whole cake has not produced spectacular results for me.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sediment in secondary ok?
« on: April 11, 2016, 02:21:29 PM »
Even a slim cake can break down eventually and cause bad flavors. Unless it's for a specific reason like dry hopping (which shouldn't take months) the beer should be packaged.

Secondary is useful as a tactic to drop remaining sediment roused in the transfer process when using powdery and less flocculative yeast and when one can't cold-crash the fermenter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: most common off-flavors
« on: April 11, 2016, 02:09:45 PM »
I think acetaldehyde is one. Poorly fermented beer has an underlying vegetal flavor of raw pumpkin or melon-rind.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast cake at bottom of primary
« on: April 11, 2016, 02:03:24 PM »
I almost always dump it.

The cake can be a source of yeast however. There's just better methods of extending yeast than reusing a tired old cake. Good ways and not so great ways to do it as well.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Favorite Bottles?
« on: April 11, 2016, 11:43:13 AM »
Labels in Europe usually peel easily as they reuse bottles. Or they used to. Often all you have to do is get them wet and the label will almost fall off. Those are the best to collect.

Not so good in America where it is frequently label looseningly humid and folks also tend to ice beer down. I've opened a cooler or two to find all the labels had slid off the bottles. ::)

I top up with RO straight out of the tap.

That being said I cleaned a huge booger of clear mucus-like growth out of my RO faucet with a brush a couple days ago. You would think essentially pure RO wouldn't harbor organisms.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 11, 2016, 11:19:42 AM »
I am enjoying my first Bopils made in record time per Brulosopher's quick turn-around lager method.


Pic to follow...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: best fridge for kegging system
« on: April 11, 2016, 11:11:35 AM »
Thanks pete!

I will be investigating this. ;D Looks promising- with a little trial and error the may not be a need for a controller at all!

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 04, 2016, 08:36:35 AM »
Salmon? Looks tasty.

Wish I was fishing right now...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 03, 2016, 09:10:43 AM »
All looks good and tasty!

Here's the kolsch without humidity:

Yup. I pretty much only brew a narrow range of beers these days and they are all 100% pilsner malt. Consistency and repeatability is the goal.

Temp control is the single best thing one can do for their beer.

Many of us use freezers and refrigerators that are precisely controlled by external thermostats. I've found that the results are excellent.

I lied, I am drinking beer tonight. Two days is just too long to go without. One day, no problem, but TWO DAYS???

You're here.  You drink beer.

I just assumed you were drinking something else such as bourbon, wine or the like...

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 01, 2016, 08:12:01 AM »
My attempts at hugelkultur have met with limited success; however I did use quite a bit of wood and the discount soil was not quite suited for growing as it was. I brought in the good stuff this year and amended the beds.

On another note the fire-ants love my garden beds and it's been a constant battle keeping them from literally taking over. Force them from one bed and they move to another. Then they'll move back or to a further bed when they encounter my wrath.

Best time to hurt them bad is after it rains which forces the mound towards the surface. If I've managed to force a colony off a bed and into my lawn they get mound-killer. Then I'll get the survivors when they build their much smaller mound- usually just a yard or so away. 8)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: best fridge for kegging system
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:40:07 AM »
Go with a chest freezer. You can skip buying a temp controller by the coarse adjustment screw located on the temperature control. I fit 4 kegs in my 5cf chest freezer then you can do cool things like this :)

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That is interesting. I'll have a freezer free soon. Do you have a pic of the screw location?

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