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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 18, 2015, 08:36:10 AM »
I shook after adding the yeast, I believe mark shakes than pitches. The beer is going off like gangbusters and the ferm freezer is smelling pretty awesome. I'm using 1028. Last time I brewed with 1028 was years ago, but I don't recall this level of vigor.

Mark pitches post shake.

I have some glass one gallon jugs somewhere around the house. I'll see if any of the rubber stoppers I have on hand will fit. The cheap metal lids do not provide a good seal.

Would a glass sun tea jar (no spigot) work well? With a large opening, it would make cleaning easy.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 18, 2015, 07:35:01 AM »
To add clarity, I shake the starter like it owes me money, and pitch the yeast into the dense foam at its maximum? From the dump, are you swirling/mixing again or leaving it as-is?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you Store Your Grains?
« on: October 17, 2015, 04:55:41 PM »
Is there a benefit to storing grains in the freezer? I am Las Vegas, there's no cool place here unless it is energized.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 17, 2015, 04:52:28 PM »
Do you attach a drill to the mix-stir?

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General Homebrew Discussion / How do you Store Your Grains?
« on: October 17, 2015, 12:47:51 PM »
I have two batches of un-milled grains packaged for a future batch, about 15 pounds bagged. I won't be using these for several months, possibly 6 or more.

Is there any value in storing the bags in the freezer?

What is the best storage method?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 17, 2015, 12:17:45 PM »
According to Chris White, dissolved O2is taken up by the yeast during the first thirty minutes.  An Erlenmeyer is a miserable vessel in which to make a shaken, not stirred starter due to its geometry.

Doh! I was ready to buy a rubber stopper for my 5L flask. Is a straight-walled bottle materially better?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Shipped Yeast Got Warm
« on: October 15, 2015, 09:36:16 PM »
Thank you Mark. For a 1.070 beer what is your shaken not stirred starter size?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Shipped Yeast Got Warm
« on: October 15, 2015, 06:53:15 PM »
My Vermont Ale strain arrived at 84F. I don't think it was warmer than that, if any, maybe a degree or two.

How bad is 84F for yeast?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 13, 2015, 07:48:23 PM »
Mark (S. cerevisiae) - I typically brew batches around 1.070 - 80 with WLP001. For the most part, 001 is saved from batch to batch without washing. My method being a dose of spring water, swirl like mad, and fill-up with trub-and-all, two Star-San sanitized 1/2 gallon mason jars. A few days before brew day, I take a large slurry, perhaps a cup, and start it up again with a 3 liter stirred starter.

I brew 4-5 batches a year, and this process has thus far worked well. The yeast is by all means, not fresh, but the stirred starter generally produces a nice visible layer of new creamy yeast. I have no means of measuring yeast viability or growth of the starter batch; however, every batch following this methodology has worked out well and produced the beer I enjoy consuming.

I will to try your process for an upcoming batch and would appreciate your advice in approximating the correct amount of yeast slurry and starter size for a 1.070 - 80 batch. Considering the slurry is 4 months old or older, and saved from batch to batch, where should I start? Approximately how much slurry and what starter size?

Also, my next batch will be a Heady Topper recipe with a new package of Vermont IPA Yeast (GY054). Using your process, what size shaken starter do you suggest?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 13, 2015, 09:22:47 AM »
What is everyone using for their starter bottle? As our batch sizes and gravity's vary, I think a 5L bottle would suffice. 5L media bottles are not cheap.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Northern Brewers Off the Topper Heady Clone
« on: October 09, 2015, 03:21:48 PM »
That is encouraging - thank you for the feedback.

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The Pub / Re: Android battery suddenly dropping...
« on: October 09, 2015, 09:47:28 AM »
Have you pulled the battery recently? With my Note 4, I pull it once a month. Think of it as a cold boot for your phone. I may not solve this issue but it is good practice.

You may also want to update to the latest OS.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Northern Brewer Customer Service
« on: October 09, 2015, 08:05:36 AM »
I too had a recent problem with a N.B. order - they were quick to respond and addressed the issue immediately to my satisfaction.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Northern Brewers Off the Topper Heady Clone
« on: October 09, 2015, 06:46:57 AM »
Did you brew the recipe verbatim or have any changes?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Northern Brewers Off the Topper Heady Clone
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:19:47 PM »
Great advice Steve. It makes sense.

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