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The Pub / Re: Basil Pests
« on: June 10, 2014, 10:06:49 AM »
You might not be applying enough oil.  In addition to having a pesiticidal active ingredient, neem (and other oils) can be used to coat and suffocate insects.

If insects are the problem you can use insecticidal soap (basically soap that is safe to plants, some people just use dish soap) to strip oils from the insect causing them to dry out and die. 

My advice is general in nature.  I haven't had any issues with my basil.

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I haven't used a Cool Zone, but I'm wondering what your source of cold is. 

753
Here is my educated guess.  In a conical that has a working depth of 20 ft, the average pressure is ~10 feet of H2O,  which corresponds to a pressure of 4.3 psig, assuming the headspace is at atmospheric pressure.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling a sour beer
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:12:57 AM »
Agree with Kinetic on all counts.

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My club (Brewers of South Suburbia) is serving an 1822 Allsopp's Burton Ale at Club night.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blending. Again.
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:53:15 AM »
Make a saison with just base malt and add some dopplebock as a substitute for Munich to the fermenting saison?

757
Because the temperature dropped at the start of the fermentation rather than at the end, the yeast should get going.

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Lag time is significantly affected by pitch temp and pitch volume, and presumably yeast strain.  I think attenuation and flavor are better indicators than lag time. 

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Ingredients / Re: Enriched Corn Meal
« on: May 06, 2014, 07:03:39 AM »
I bet it is next to impossible in a regular grocery store to find non-enriched corn meal.  Kinda like getting milk without  added vitamin D (to replace the vitamin D destroyed by pasteurization?).

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Aerating yeast
« on: May 05, 2014, 02:59:30 PM »
Makes sense to me.  How much chilled wort are you adding to your decanted yeast vs. the size of the starter.  I would assume that the volume of chilled wort added is substantially larger than the size of the starter. 

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars Posted
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:24:15 PM »
...and the planning begins... On a side note I always hate that format... I wish it was better laid out in blocks... I always end up putting all the info into a spreadsheet to make my decision making easier...

If you do put it in a spreadsheet would you share it please?  Which seminars to attend and which ones to listen to?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gunk above krausen
« on: April 29, 2014, 07:22:41 AM »
I have racked onto a fresh yeast cake (just after racking off the finished beer) and fermented a second batch without cleaning the fermenter and didn't experience any problems or discernible off flavors (I don't make it a practice to do this, mind you, but once I tried it, since I was stepping up from a smaller beer to a bigger beer - and it reached the first krausen ring).

Good to know.  I don't plan to make it a practice to fill over the krausen ring when transferring beer between splits of the same batch, but sometimes it is expedient.  I kinda figured my concern was more theoretical than real since it can be really hard to remove the krausen ring.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Gunk above krausen
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:34:52 AM »
I was kegging this weekend when I could see I was going to fill the corny before emptying the carboy, so I ran the excess beer into another carboy containing a split of the same batch.  The level in the second carboy is below the dried gunk from the krausen.  I know the dried gunk is supposed to be harsh and bitter.  If I had filled the second carboy above the gunk what would have happened to the beer? 

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Hop Growing / Re: Aphid Problem
« on: April 28, 2014, 08:26:02 AM »
You can use insecticidal soap or a similar oil.  The soap kills the bugs by stripping the bugs of oil causing the bugs to dry out and die.  The oil suffocates the bugs.  Both are non-toxic and are safe to plants.  However, they require you spray very thoroughly because any bug that isn't sprayed will survive. 

Played flanker and second row in college.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chemistry of Beer
« on: April 26, 2014, 10:51:18 AM »
I was going to go back to take the fermentation self-eval and quiz.  I'll look out for the discussions.

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