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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 644 genetic results
« on: April 21, 2015, 12:34:51 PM »
Unfortunately, however, I used it in a Flanders Red that was put in an oak barrel, so now my barrel is what it is....on the good side I am blending, anyway, so the blends are able to minimize the Wild Sacc effect somewhat and I have generally liked the flavor, so there we go....

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I rarely make starters anymore - if I don't have slurry available, I just brew a small batch and then step up in size from there incrementally to full size batches.  I have found Brulosopher to present pretty solid information, but admittedly not the same as a scientific methodology.  Some things I have adopted as standard practice, but under pitching is not something I will regularly do.  The lager schedule I follow regularly.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 21, 2015, 10:32:56 AM »
Congrats to all the medalists and those who submitted good beers.  I judged this year and was very impressed, quite frankly, with the good quality of the submissions.  There were very few marginal beers in the three categories I judged over the two days.

And....I don't have to re-brew (but I just might anyway!)   

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 06:48:36 PM »
Five outta five to mini BOS, and two blue ribbons. I'll take it!

Now that is good work!  Congrats!

Congrats Dave and jvoeltz - that is crazy good 5 for 5 being in mini-BOS.  I recently was in a comp and scored a 43 (45 from a pro brewer) and didn't even make mini Bos (tough category that day, I guess).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lupulin gland brew
« on: April 18, 2015, 12:55:45 PM »
Is there a away of measuring the alpha and beta acid levels in it to derive some type of reference point?  That would give you some direction on the best use of the powder.  Large alphas are typically reserved for earlier (bitter) additions and the mid to low alphas are often used in flavoring and aroma additions, as well as dry hopping.  I would say if you don't have access to that information, then try as a first wort hop, as that typically comes through as a more mellow hop addition (though it seems counterintuitive it seems true for most of us here).

Good luck and please report back with your results and the source of this powdered product.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Show us your pellicle
« on: April 17, 2015, 01:12:35 PM »
Vinegar - what a bummer. Maybe it can be used as a window cleaner.... or as a base for some great salad dressing. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: almost a lost year brewing
« on: April 17, 2015, 12:20:19 PM »
Boiling usually suffices for killing the bacteria in water, though it may require a few minutes with persistent microbes?

Good luck - after this much effort, you deserve to be rewarded with a good homebrew from your system.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: almost a lost year brewing
« on: April 17, 2015, 03:57:43 AM »
That pH meter seems fine enough, but remember to cool all samples to the proper temperature for an accurate reading.

I think S Cerevisiae has it right about the introduction of the contaminant at the pitch.  Are you boiling and then cooling the water that you hydrate the dry yeast in?  If not, that could be your issue.  The tap water may be the source of contamination.  Even so, I would expect the yeast to outcompete the bad bugs initially.  Try sprinkling the dry yeast on top of the wort to skip the hydration.  That may work to avoid cold side water contamination.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: almost a lost year brewing
« on: April 15, 2015, 10:38:17 PM »
I no longer rack in my basement because I have sour beer there and I rack the sours there.  The clean beers go upstairs or in the garage for racking and Itry to be as sanitary as possible with them.  My guess is that your fermentation area is highly contaminated and that racking in that environment exposes your beer to wild yeast and bacteria that are problematic to your intended clean beer.  Try fermenting elsewhere ad with super clean equipment (perhaps new?).  I bet you will get a different result.  Just speculating, of course, but it is worth a try.

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Yea, I never use better bottle or similar products with PBW.  I read that quite a while back, but they should do a better job stating that cleaning products can cause harm with the plastics used.  Just like extremely hot water can cause issues of warping....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 15, 2015, 10:00:10 PM »
How long is the verifying process?  We judged Chicago last Saturday and I thought it was all being entered that day....obviously there is something else that has to occur?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Swap Idea
« on: April 09, 2015, 11:23:02 AM »
I am in, subject to shipping.  I was asked at 4 different locations when I tried shipping to KC last year for NHC - probably because I didn't do the prepay thing and it was going to a brewery!

Is it going to be a blind draw or similar? I'd like to send something the recipient might like and not my garlic potato salad and knock wurst Porter with belgian saison yeast (kidding!  please don't make me brew that....)

Knowing ahead of time would allow an offer of a couple styles on hand....but Jim it is your choice AFAIAC.  I will abide.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 09, 2015, 11:14:03 AM »
So how many of you have been through the safety training and videos and still store your tanks inside?
Considering my dad was a fire chief in the local VFD and I used to work for the fire district on summer break, I've probably seen my fair share of safety videos and real world results.  I don't ever recall a fire resulting from a propane tank ignition and we live in the land of crawfish boils, so they're everywhere.  Not saying it's not possible, just that on the relative risk scale, it's not extremely high considering my storage location.  I consider my natural gas water heater a bigger risk and it's inside my house.

We have a natural gas furnace & water heater in the garage. Those are the source of my decision to not store tanks in the garage.  I've always assumed that they're a potential ignition point if I had a leaky propane tank in the garage. Have no idea how valid that assumption is but, what the hell, safety third.

I agree with you in that instance, as well.  I would not store any fuel source in my garage with an NG furnace or water heater in there, probably including my car, if there are pilot lights on them!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Swap Idea
« on: April 09, 2015, 04:50:43 AM »
Jim I'd love to do it, but shipping can be difficult.  I would love to know a shipper through whom I could ship reliably for these purposes.  Last year's NHC entries for me was an all day runaround trying to locate a shipper willing to do this.  I finally found one, but that place was a member of some kind of wine club, so they were tied to a special group or had some kind of special rights with a national operator.  Now that place is closed down, so I don't know where to ship from (I am in the far western suburbs of Chicago).  I don't want to lie about contents, like has been suggested by others regarding NHC entries in the past.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 09, 2015, 04:39:16 AM »
I stand right next to him and watch the scale.
The scale is in a little dark shed, I should memorize the tank tare and see where it is set.

Edit - I have a respect for gas and gas over liquid tanks under pressure. I worked in a setting where even though I did not use much of what was in our lab, we had to watch the safety training films. Safety rules are there for a reason. Stuff happens, the results can be bad news. It doesn't happen all the time, but the results can be very bad.

So how many of you have been through the safety training and videos and still store your tanks inside?

I will shut up now.

Son of a firefighter here.  Seen pretty much all of it on safety.  I am willing to bet that more houses burn down from Christmas trees each year than propane leak fires (of course most propane fires are caused by ignition from the operating device, rather than the tank leaking when disconnected).  I agree that we should be safe, just that storage of a propane tank and lawnmower gas, chainsaw gas and weed whacker gas in my gararage away from combustion sources is a reasonably safe practice IMHO.  And as always, reasonable minds may differ and I am okay with that.

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