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Yeast and Fermentation / Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
« on: October 21, 2010, 06:52:34 AM »
This may be out there somewhere, but I didn't find an answer. It's a quick question, inspired by looking at a load of empty White Labs vials and a desire to make some slopes.  I have the means to autoclave in my pressure cooker or pressure canner. Are the vials reusable for this purpose?

Other Fermentables / Kvas
« on: October 21, 2010, 06:36:31 AM »
In response to an offer I made to translate a Russian kvas recipe or twenty on another thread, here you are:

This comes from Elena Molokhovets Gift to Young Housewives, once the standard text that Russian women were given when they got married. Chapter 46 deals with Kvas, Beer and Mead. All instructions are hers, but be warned that if you bottle following her instructions, the Kvas will still be fermenting. I'd advise using plastic soda bottles and keeping an eye on them.

Makes 5 litres (1.2 US Gallons)

450 g (1lb) rye bread (a small loaf or half a large one)
300g (10 oz) molasses, treacle, golden syrup, or honey (the Russian word patoka isn't very specific, and doesn't translate precisely into English).
4.5 litres water
yeast (or rye sourdough starter)
2 raisins per bottle to prime

Dry the bread, either by chopping it into little pieces and air drying or in a low oven (130C).  Boil the water and pour over the dry bread.  When cooled to body temperature, strain into a bucket and add the molasses/treacle/honey, then yeast or starter at below 24C. Leave for 12-24 hours, then strain into bottles, adding two raisins to each.

Leave for 2 days, chill and drink.

Equipment and Software / HDPE container question
« on: September 20, 2010, 09:48:40 AM »
I know that elements of this have been covered before, but I would like some advice.

I picked up a couple of 25 liter containers, that would potentially be useful as fermenters. They are HDPE, with a 2 in the triamgle on the bottom. They are solid black.

Would these be useable, or should I avoid?

Ingredients / Unknown hop variety - red tinge?
« on: September 14, 2010, 10:12:11 PM »
I'm wondering if someone can help me identify a hop variety. I don't have pictures, but the cones have a distinct red/maroon tinge which strikes me as fairly distinctive. I know who planted them, but he doesn't remember what they were other than he acquired them as cuttings from one of Kent's (UK) major hop growers. As I have free access to literally pounds of hops, I'm keen to know what they are!

Yeast and Fermentation / California Lager Yeast not working?
« on: August 31, 2010, 09:11:01 AM »
I brewed a California Common about 48 hours ago (OG 1.048), pitched at the right temperature and it's where its stayed. My smack pack didn't swell much, but I could hear it fizzing. As yet I have no airlock activity (in fact my bubbler is negative IYSWIM), but there are some small bubbles on the surface, according to my SO (I'm on a business trip).

So the question: Am I just experiencing a long lag time with sleepy yeast, and should wait, or should I pitch a dry yeast (I have s-22) now?

General Homebrew Discussion / Identifying hops
« on: August 24, 2010, 08:31:30 PM »
There may be no answer to this one, but....

Is there any easy way to identify hop varieties while on the bine? I ask as there are several untended hop bines growing in community gardens near my home, and it seems a shame to let them go to waste.  It would be nice to know what they are though, else I'll just see if they have good aroma properties or age them for use in future lambics.

Equipment and Software / Counterflow chiller - slow throughput
« on: July 22, 2010, 10:39:24 PM »
I've just built myself a counterflow chiller - the hose within a hose type - but the wort throughput is very slow. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can speed this up?

I'm siphoning at the moment, as I haven't plucked up the courage to drill my kettle.

Beer Travel / Amsterdam
« on: June 09, 2010, 11:01:35 AM »
I'm off to Amsterdam (Netherlands), and was hoping for some tips on where to go to drink/buy beer.  Any advice?

Beer Travel / Brussels - where to shop for beer?
« on: May 31, 2010, 03:29:16 PM »
I'll be going to Brussels soon, en route to Amsterdam.  My question is where is a good place to go beer shopping, near to Brussels Midi/Zuid station?

Beer Recipes / Brown Wheat
« on: May 26, 2010, 01:02:56 PM »
I'm considering experiment with my Brown Ale, and adding a touch of wheat.

Has anyone else done this, and does it work, or just end up a bit too funky?

Equipment and Software / UV lamp for sterilizing
« on: May 11, 2010, 04:08:10 PM »
I just brewed with a Russian friend in Moscow, and he posed the question as to whether UV lamps would be useable to sterilize equipment. He works for a company that produces sterilizing equipment for the medical profession, and they sell such lamps for this purpose.

Anyone have any experience with these? Do they work? And are they simply prohibitively expensive for a homebrewer?

Beer Travel / India - Delhi
« on: March 20, 2010, 12:47:10 PM »
I'm in Delhi for a time (another month), and have found no good beer as yet.  There is Indian lager, yes, but I'm really hankering for something else.

Does anyone know where I might find it, or are IPA's no longer shipped to India?

Homebrew Competitions / NHC registration - link not working?
« on: February 19, 2010, 08:57:30 AM »
I'm trying to enter some ciders online, but the link doesn't work despite the fact that the main webpage says registration is open.  Am I missing something?

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