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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:

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. ;)

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.

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"?

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.

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?

The Pub / Re: Raise a Pint of Something
« on: October 14, 2010, 10:12:34 AM »
I thought his smile looked a little forced from time to time, which was to be expected. LOL But was astounded with the verve they displayed singing their anthem.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency
« on: October 14, 2010, 10:03:10 AM »
In an ideal setup (in my brewery) I'd have a sight glass on both. You'll still have to account for expansion. That's what throws most people off IMO. They may think they're using a certain volume but it turns out to be much less when all is said and done and the wort cools.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lautering Time
« on: October 13, 2010, 07:32:44 PM »

Fast as it will allow.

Yep, that's what I said  ;)

On my system that's full throttle with no problems.


Smart-assery. ;D

I'm just saying when you troubleshoot a stuck mash this is where one should look first.  :o

The Pub / Re: Raise a Pint of Something
« on: October 13, 2010, 05:57:44 PM »
He's out!

Cheers Salud!

The Pub / Re: Raise a Pint of Something
« on: October 13, 2010, 05:47:11 PM »
They're bringing out the last miner! Woohoo! Go Chile!

Equipment and Software / Re: CFC to Whirlpool question
« on: October 13, 2010, 04:16:07 PM »
I'm no chemist but I don't think enzymes matter at that point. As to the other questions don't know. I would like to know also.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lautering Time
« on: October 13, 2010, 02:27:26 PM »
Nope, when batch sparging you can drain the mash tun as fast as your system will allow.

Fast as it will allow. Try to go too fast and it will compact the grain-bed resulting in a stuck sparge and more spent time. I have to throttle it about half-way. Fifteen minutes is pretty good.

Have fun. ;D

The Pub / Re: Congrats tschmidlin!
« on: October 13, 2010, 12:04:48 PM »

I thought you'd look older. And you don't look like a dirty old hippie either... ;)


Other Fermentables / Re: Milk?
« on: October 13, 2010, 12:34:59 AM »
I agree. And it's what I'm considering. Brewing that way in that volume is as simple as anything else- a pot of soup really. Already have the patience for fermentation and conditioning.

For me it's gonna be a study. I've done a lot of bulk brewing but now I want to hone down some of these recipes and get into a rhythm.

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