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Brewed a sweet stout on Saturday and used an airlock instead of a blow off tube which I should have know better not to do but anyway, came home yesterday and the lid was blown off.  I figure the top could not have been off more than 12 hrs.  The beer seemed to still be fermenting actively.  I put a clean/sanitized lid on top and sealed it back up.

Has this ever happened where the beer still turned out good or is the chance for contamination/oxidation too high?


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is Mr. Malty dependable?
« on: July 17, 2012, 09:21:25 PM »
Thanks everybody!

Yeast and Fermentation / Is Mr. Malty dependable?
« on: July 17, 2012, 07:17:31 PM »
I'm brewing my first lager this weekend and wanted to run Mr. Malty's recommendations by the forum readers to make sure I'm building the best starter I can. 

Here's the info:
Beer:               Oktoberfest
O.G.:               1.058
Size:               5 gallons
Stirplate:          Yes - 2l E flask

Mr. Malty says a 1.8 liter starter with two smack packs (Wyeast Oktoberfest 2633)using a stir plate.  I'm assuming that this is the day before brewing or in the 12 to 18 hrs before pitch.

Does this look like it'll work?  I have a friend that I brew with who, for some reason, is always nervous about over pitching and always builds dinky little starters.  But based on the Mr. Malty I need 404 or so billion cells and the Wyeast packs should have 80-90 billion viable cells so I don't think I'm at risk of building too big a starter especially for a lager.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Consensus on racking out of primary?
« on: May 14, 2012, 08:34:43 PM »
Here's part of what John Palmer said in the Ask the Experts section of the AHa website...(full text at if you're a member)

"Therefore I, and Jamil and White Labs and Wyeast Labs, do not recommend racking to a secondary fermenter for ANY ale, except when conducting an actual second fermentation, such as adding fruit or souring. Racking to prevent autolysis is not necessary, and therefore the risk of oxidation is completely avoidable. Even lagers do not require racking to a second fermenter before lagering"

I almost never use a secondary.  I decide on a batch by batch basis if I need it and I alost never do.  I have found no negative impact on beer quality by not using a secondary and it's a heck of a lot easier!  Since you have a conical and can dump yeast and trub, I can't see why you'd even consider it.

What about dry hopping?  Can you do that in primary or is that a qualifier for secondary?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Supplier...Stir plate...Erlenmeyer flask
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:56:08 PM »
This is a list of the materials I used. I'm not selling these things, I'm just giving a little helpful advice.

1 Computer fan of the 12 VDC variety 120 mm about $7.00
3 Rare earth magnets 35 lbs per pull, 1 for the keeper and 2 for the fan. Cost $3.35 each
1 Stir bar Cost $5.00
1 Potentiometer, 2,000 ohms Cost $5.00 
1 LM317 voltage regulator Cost $3.50
1 resistor, 330 ohms 4 pack Cost $3.00
1 capacitor, 0.1 mf 2 pack Cost $$3.50
1 Project box. Cost $7.00
1 12 volt transformer Cost $3.50
1 plastic dial for the pot  $3.50
That's a total of over $50.00 You can get one made and sent to you for that price.

Without the right resistor, capacitor, voltage regulator, and potentiometer you won't be able to control the RPMs and you'll throw the stir bar to the side of your flask.

Now I know that some people have some of this stuff laying around so you might as well put it to good use. Also, these are Radio Shack prices so if you hunt you can probably find it cheaper.

Just received my stirplate from ($45)  Haven't used it yet for a starter but did play with my 2L flask and it worked well with various amounts of water.  It arrived about 3 days after I ordered it (live in CO) and I read some really good reviews about performance and customer service in the forum.

I'm trying to replicate Breckenridge's 471 DIPA this weekend.

I would also say go and visit White Labs new "classroom" that they've opened up.

Will do, didn't realize they were there or that they had a classroom. 


I do have some tips about the ideas you do have... Make reservations for Stone, if you want to eat.  If you plan on going to the bottle shop, it opens at 5 pm during the week.  I learned both of those lessons the hard way :)

Thank you, that's great to know.

Great responses thanks.  Good to know Iron Fist is on the list.  I'm a volunteer beer sorter for GABF and WBC and they pay us with mixed cases of beer.  I got a couple of 750's from Iron Fist from WBC sorting the last couple of weeks.  One is a stout and I can't remember what the other one is.

My wife and I are going to San Diego for a few days in June and I wanted to find out if there are some taprooms/brewpubs around the area that I should not miss.  Stone, PP-Carlsbad and Port Brewing are on my list so far.  I think we're there for 3 nights and my wife is really cool about beer hobby.


By the way, I'm in Boulder, CO so we get quite a few of the CA stuff but that's not going to stop me from visiting.  But if there's something around there that I've never heard of before that's really good I'd especially like to know about them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying Beer
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:05:47 PM »
I buy beer because there is so much good stuff out there and appreciate what some of them do. That and my time is limited as are the amount of bottles I have on hand.

Although I'm still only a year into home brewing and just started kegging, I enjoy supporting the local breweries here along the front range of CO in the taproom and liquor store.  Plus, summer and winter seasonals are just too good for me not to buy and enjoy.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pretty sure I like flat AIPA
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:38:35 PM »
I agree with the lower carb and higher temp.  Kegged a Rye IPA a couple of weeks ago and did the old shake method cause I had people coming over.  I let it sit for a while then poured a pint and noticed it hadn't absorbed as much volume as I was shooting for but reallly really liked it.  I left the gas on it and tried a few days later and it was definitely better with the lower volume.

"If god wanted us to filter our beer, he wouldn't have given us livers." - Bell's Brewing

Great point!

Ingredients / Re: Simcoe substitutes
« on: March 20, 2012, 10:00:39 PM »
I ordered some Simcoe and Amarillo pellets from Midwest Supplies last week and got them the other day.  $8.90 shipping but I stocked up.

Thanks everyone, the responses have been very helpful as always.

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