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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Shaken not stirred lager starter?
« on: November 07, 2015, 09:01:06 AM »
Mark or Denny - do you decant or pitch the entire starter?

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Pimp My System / Re: The Brew Elevator
« on: November 06, 2015, 10:45:15 PM »
Wow, that is a nice rig and an impressive feat of engineering.

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Two for two with me ...

I bought a few bottles of Rogue's Double Dead guy from the same retailer. All of the bottles were skunked and crappy. Rogue sent me replacements, a few extras, and a homebrew recipe for Double Dead Guy (my request). The recipe was from John Maier himself.

I also had a bad bottle of a Tenaya Creek Brewery DIPA. They replaced it with a few bottles.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with raisins
« on: November 04, 2015, 06:55:50 AM »
I made a Judgement Day clone and flamed the raisins in a cast iron skillet until they smoked. Not burnt, but caramelized. There was so much going on in that batch that I can't tell you if caramelizing the raisins before pureeing had any noticeable impact.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Year old grains
« on: October 31, 2015, 06:45:55 PM »
Perhaps the exBEERiment boys can tell us  8)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Cultures Are Like Nuclear Weapons
« on: October 31, 2015, 01:34:30 PM »
Given the situation, should I go jug or flask? Which is the lesser of two evils, smaller volume or shape of the container?

Neither container is optimal for a 2L starter.  Is acquiring a second jug a possibility?  If so, you can split the culture between two jugs after re-suspending the yeast in the preform.  Optimally, a 10L media bottle is probably the best option for 2L starters, but even used 10L media bottles are ridiculously expensive.   I paid $70.00 for my NOS Corning 1395 5L media bottle.

Dang it Mark. I have 5 1 gallon jugs and did not consider splitting the starter into two. I wonder where I left my brain ...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash thickness?
« on: October 31, 2015, 09:21:19 AM »
Good stuff Denny, I always heed your advice :)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Cultures Are Like Nuclear Weapons
« on: October 31, 2015, 09:15:18 AM »
I want to try the shaken method but only have a 1 gallon glass jug and 5L Erlenmeyer flask. The next batch in the pipeline is 1.071 - a 2L starter is appropriate.

The 1 gallon jug is too small and the flask is not the best option.

Given the situation, should I go jug or flask? Which is the lesser of two evils, smaller volume or shape of the container?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash thickness?
« on: October 31, 2015, 09:11:17 AM »
This is a great thread. I have been using Beersmith's default 1.250 for years now. I may go thinner (Denny's recommendation) for the next batch.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 18, 2015, 03:57:46 PM »
1 quart, 100 grams DME, gallon jug, og of beer was 1.045.
I didn't use any pitching rate calculator.

What is your beers target gravity?

I guess somewhere between 1.013 and 1.010?         

Sorry - what is your beers starting target gravity?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 18, 2015, 11:36:58 AM »
1 quart, 100 grams DME, gallon jug, og of beer was 1.045.
I didn't use any pitching rate calculator.

What is your beers target gravity?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 18, 2015, 09:57:25 AM »
dzlater - what size starter?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 18, 2015, 09:08:06 AM »
No, I pitch the culture prior to shaking.  I have always inoculated pre-shake.  In fact, the method grew out of my desire to evenly distribute the cells in the culture after pitching.
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Sorry Mark - my mistake.

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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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