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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 06, 2011, 09:56:10 AM »
Supposed to be pretty rainy here the next few days but right now its 55 and sunny, gorgeous day!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Conical fermenter HELP
« on: April 04, 2011, 08:12:46 PM »
Luck is just probability taken personally. ;)

heheh and the lottery is a tax on people bad at math! :)

Ingredients / Re: Burton water
« on: April 03, 2011, 04:11:55 PM »
Oh yes. But all I do is add salt. Not sure about the neutralizer... In fact it's never been serviced in three years. Been wondering about that, so I'm gonna bust out the owner's manual.

The system we have now was replaced before we moved in and we didn't know it needed to be serviced regularly which is now causing us problems with our pipes. The Ph level is so acidic that its actually eating away the copper from the inside and 3 times this year we had leaks spring up, twice inside of walls. it was a MESS, both to cleanup and to fix.

I would call a local water treatment guy and just have him come over and take a look at your system, its well worth the small fee not to go through what we did with leaking pipes and repair bills.


Ingredients / Re: Burton water
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:45:57 AM »
I have a whole-house water softener coupled with RO. Produces 7-14ppm water. Excellent for extract, and with AG I back-mineralize up to 25-50% tap.

I have a bag that says "Burton Water Salts" with no instructions or manufacturer. It's been with me for 4 year and has never been used. Anyone got an idea how to use this?

There's a good chance it's from LD Carlson.

guess it depends on your setup, we have a well, so in our 'pump room' we have the well pump, a neutralizer tank (which looks like a tall skinny propane tank with a black box on top) and a salt reservoir (which is a big plastic tub with a top on it). We have to put a few bags of salt in it every few months and the neutralizer has to be serviced once a year or so to top up the calcite (i think).

any of that sound familiar in your setup?


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
« on: April 02, 2011, 10:56:47 AM »
Sounds almost done.  You could probably take a quick taste now to get an idea how it's doing.

I like this yeast better anyway.  Not quite as dry.  A little fruitier, a little less sulfury.

yeah i always taste the grav reading sample, its really nice so far. i tried to get as close to newcastle as i could after researching different recipes and i cant wait to get a 6 of NC to do a side-by-side.

I'm working on a stout atm but i may try this recipe again with the other yeast just to see the difference.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
« on: April 02, 2011, 09:43:40 AM »
Its been exactly a week since pitching the WLP002 and after moving it to a warmer location (62-65F) its been bubbling like crazy the whole time. Figured it might be a good time to take a grav reading. (it tastes fantastic btw)

3/26  OG: 1.040
4/02  SG: 1.015

Its still bubbling once every 6-8 seconds, gonna check it again in a few days.

thanks for all the input,

The Pub / Re: Don't post while drunk, Just a warning
« on: March 31, 2011, 10:45:23 AM »
Owning up to your mistake is worth more than a million apologies. Cheers.

General Homebrew Discussion / un-Official AHA Twitter List
« on: March 29, 2011, 07:21:04 PM »
I noticed a few people have their twitter addy in their sigs and thought it might be a good idea to have a thread (or a sticky) where other members could find them easily. One idea I had was to have everyone that wants to participate reply to this post with their name and twitter addy and I'll update this post as the replies come in. Once you see your name listed you can delete your post to keep this thread easier to manage.

Good idea? Bad idea? btw, if any mods or admins have a problem with this or want to take it over, lemme know.

In any case, i'll start it off:

Name/Forum Name                 Twitter ID
Tony Pittari/Tonyp           @tpittari
kgs           @kgs
Norm Benson/Timberati           @timberati
Joel/Sophisto           @Sophisto
Mark Gres/Mark G           @markgres
Gordon Strong/gordonstrong           @gordonstrong
Shamas/wahoo           @shamasuva
Ruben Abril/rabid_dingo           @Rabid_Dingo

If you would like to be added, please reply to this post with your Name and/or Forum Name and Twitter ID

Please don't forget to delete your post once you see your name in the list! Thanks![/b]

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 at 60deg or lower
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:12:26 AM »
I have found that rousing it once or twice a day (e.g., swirling the primary) really helps, because it is so flocculent.

thx for the tip, i'll try that too.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 at 60deg or lower
« on: March 29, 2011, 07:48:44 AM »
heh nice gordon that's awesome, i check it last night before bed and again this morning and its really rockin now! airlock is getting a workout.

I was originally going to make a starter on sat and brew on sun but my schedule was rearranged and had to brew on sat or not brew at all so I had to forego the starter and decided to pitch 2 vials to sort of compensate, seems to be ok.

thx for the info guys,


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 at 60deg or lower
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:07:40 PM »
my patience wore thin and i moved the fermenter to another area that's approx 64-68 and within a few minutes the airlock started bubbling.


Been jumping around the archives to interesting topics and saw what i figured to be Denny's name so I gave it a listen, just wanted to say nice job Denny! Once the skype connection cleared up it was a good show, lots of a great info and now i can read your posts in your voice!

good stuff,


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxyclean...I'm doing something wrong...
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:45:56 PM »
Like euge I use oxyclean to clean then immediately rinse, I never let it soak for more than a few minutes unless its something that is seriously stained like my gold coffee filter, which i'll let sit for a few hours or overnight depending how bad it is.

BTW, if you have a dollar store near you they sell a small bucket of an oxyclean knockoff, saves a ton of money.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 at 60deg or lower
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:27:22 PM »
I think i'm going to give it another 24hrs, then if there's still no activity i'll try to get it somewhere a bit warmer.  Good idea about the brew belt, i'll have to grab one of those.

thanks for the info.


Yeast and Fermentation / WLP002 at 60deg or lower
« on: March 28, 2011, 10:08:52 AM »
So I brewed up an English Brown using WLP002 this weekend, put the bucket on a small bench in the garage where its usually a steady 62-65deg and then the weather went south pushing the temps under 60deg since saturday, especially overnight. I wrecked my back and there is no way I can carry the bucket up 2 flights of stairs to where its basically 68-70 constant temp. Should I be worried at all, there is still no movement after a full 48 hrs.

I know, I know RDWHAHB but i'm still stressing over it and check the airlock every hour or so...

Have any of you used 002 at 60 or below?


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