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Commercial Beer Reviews / Delerium Tremens
« on: October 14, 2010, 07:08:40 PM »
Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong ale. Only 8.5% ABV. Light golden pale straw color. Effervescent, lightly hopped with a faint sweet fruity aroma. Faintly sweet on the palate.

I've waited 3 years to try it. It's very fine. Dangerous because the alcohol flavor is subdued and sneaky. Hence the name I suppose...




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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Flamable Fermentation!
« on: October 14, 2010, 06:01:57 PM »
Methane? Woohoo. Sounds nasty. I've let stuff spontaneously ferment before. Even tried a berliner-weisse but ended up tossing it out. Good luck it's supposed to end up great.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using Wort for Starter
« on: October 14, 2010, 05:39:49 PM »
Go ahead and try it. My opinion is that "fermentation temperature" is still within the danger-zone for bacteria. You'll probably be fine though. Not many of us will advise you to do it as a regular technique.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using Wort for Starter
« on: October 14, 2010, 05:12:27 PM »
Yeah. Go ahead and pitch your yeast if you made the brew. Reserve wort for next time and make your starter in advance.

Good luck.

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Ingredients / Re: re-using dryhops
« on: October 14, 2010, 05:09:43 PM »
Can we please throw more abbreviations into our posts?
I currently understand way too much of what everyone is saying.

Me too!  :P ROTFL

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Equipment and Software / Re: CFC to Whirlpool question
« on: October 14, 2010, 05:05:20 PM »
I went to hop bags. Clogging problem solved. However, If I were to brew a lager then whirlpooling the trub would be more important to me.

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I would say no since one can will dilute but add a significant amount of sugar. Add some sorbate to play it safe. One can is enough for me to round out five gallons.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Plastic Cases for 12 oz Bottles?
« on: October 14, 2010, 04:29:46 PM »
My moral compass is fine where it is.  ::)

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The Pub / Re: Raise a Pint of Something
« on: October 14, 2010, 12:55:09 PM »
A very long shift. I wonder if they'll get paid for the entire time down there.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Plastic Cases for 12 oz Bottles?
« on: October 14, 2010, 12:53:18 PM »
At least some money would percolate around. But don't steal. Just like kegs its bad.

Try this: http://www.amazon.com/Supreme-Milk-Crate-by-Iris/dp/B001L9HV9M

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Plastic Cases for 12 oz Bottles?
« on: October 14, 2010, 12:10:31 PM »
Milk crates. Hmm. I also was thinking of those plastic flats they deliver 20oz, and 2&3 liter soda bottles in.

Both crates and soda carriers usually stack up behind convenience stores. Lifting them would be unethical IMO so I don't advocate taking any. Though slipping a twenty to the clerk might work. ;)

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I lost my IPA and the last of my Cascades to the tub again>:( !@#$%

SO I'm going to do something similar one more time and a wheat beer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another Nottingham Recall . .
« on: October 14, 2010, 11:59:03 AM »
The two packs sitting in my fridge for the last six months ought to be ok?

Here's the lot info:

Batch lot #: 1080961099V
Exp Date: 12/2011


And indeed. This is the yeast I have. Probably, it's been more like three months.

Tubercle had some of the last recall but used it anyway and didn't notice any adverse effects. Of course, my beer may be of such bad quality that nothing hurts it :'(

Euge wonders if he will notice any difference too... ;)

An email from Danstar:
"Thanks for your inquiry. Indeed we are asking retailers to suspend sales of batch number 1080961099V and to return the inventory to us, and we will be posting something to homebrew forums in the coming days as well. While our tests of retained samples of this batch are fermenting properly, there are a lot of people reporting difficulties with this batch via forums, and we have received inquiries from a few people that have contacted us directly. We feel it is better to withdraw this batch from the market and assess the nature of the issue rather than risk brewers getting disappointing results.
 
Thanks again, and let me know if you have any more questions."
 
Keith Lemcke
Danstar & Lalvin Premium Yeast


Crap!  It looks like I have some of this lot.  Time to call my LHBS.



Is the dry yeast tainted with bacteria or what? What are the "difficulties" reported? And what constitutes "a lot of people"?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Plastic Cases for 12 oz Bottles?
« on: October 14, 2010, 10:39:08 AM »
I would go to Lowes or Walmart and look in their storage container sections. Make sure you have measurements already in mind. Maybe a card board cut-out to quickly compare dimensions.

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I usually soak the bottles in warm water containing caustic soda.  Liquid Plumber add to warm water works very well. Commercial
Breweries use a caustic solution to remove labels.  Just wear dish washing gloves as caustic ( sodium or potassium hydroxide) will cause skin irritation or burns in high concentration.    just rinse well after soaking overnight and sanitize and you are done.

I have plenty of sodium hydroxide. Does it eat the labels or just the adhesive?

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