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I use Stars an for yeast washing and the yeast works fine afterwards, so clearly it doesn't kill yeast very effectively.
As was pointed out by Mark, a search on the Internet shows that many do this.

My own experience was that a couple kegs would go to Brett flavor and aroma after a while. Using Iodophor rather than SS to sanitize fixed that.

I've gone back to using Iodophor 90% of the time.
. Me too, I just had some very minor issues with Star San which could be operator error, but they cleared with Iodophor.  Also considering using boiling water or pressure cooker as a pre-treat on sour-exposed equipment to get where the chemicals might miss. Steam is impractical for me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 17, 2016, 09:37:02 AM »
Interesting that In-Bev bought Midwest Supplies, as well, evidently.  I also noticed an email from NB that claimed that it has "Exclusive" yeast strains from Omega Yeast....just saying.  Maybe the change will be for the better, but I have my concerns (I couldn't get a certain Omega Yeast from my LHBS last trip and didn't think a thing about it until now.)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 25
« on: October 16, 2016, 05:43:09 AM »
I batch sparged the mash by underletting. I also chilled with copper from preboil to mash and in the kettle post boil.  I transferred from mash tun to kettle by pump and underletting - likely introduced some O2 in that process. After final chilling to pitch temp I aerated by mix stir and then pitched the yeast immediately.

Remarkably clear wort without vorlaufing, so that was an exclusion of a step from the prior practice.

Considering getting a stainless chiller, but my Hydra is so fast that I slightly undershot my mash temp and had to heat and gently stir the mash to bring it back up to temp (kind of like a mini- Hockhurz). 

All in all it wasn't that much extra effort.  I just have to dial in the process with these things in mind.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 16, 2016, 05:33:40 AM »
I think it lands more in the "why would they care" category.  If you took ALL the picobrews, grainfathers, etc and added up the net retailer revenue from all of those, what would it equal?  5 grocery stores worth of Bud Light sales for the year?  Maybe just for the holidays?   


It is all about a return on investment - Operating profit and/or ultimate sale of the business line.  Yes, the market is relatively small and that is precisely why it can exert such an influence on the market.  It seems undeniable that the market force that the unit can bring due to its affiliation with such a powerful owner could be overwhelming to the little guys trying to compete...it is at that point that the unit can become highly profitable.  InBev has staying power and this is more shelf space in the small homebrewing market.

I'm not saying the sky is falling nor that there is a conspiracy.  But there is a 1,000 pound gorilla in the room now and it might have a bigger appetite than anticipated.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 25
« on: October 15, 2016, 11:15:37 AM »
Well I went ahead and made a Helles with the suggested process - to the extent I could comply.  The wort was noticeably tastier than typical with this recipe.  Looking forward to the final product.  With copper chilling, it may not retain the "It" or whatever the difference is, but at the wort stage, I liked the difference.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 15, 2016, 11:08:44 AM »
See your point, Denny, but think a bit larger - what if it bought the yeast companies....again, this is probably not ever going to happen.  I'm just a tad concerned about the market in a global sense - any centralization means control that is best left to market forces, rather than individual company manipulation.

And what if pigs could fly....;)

InBev would buy them, too.  Admittedly, the antitrust laws would kick in at some point to prevent monopolization.  I do fear for the LHBS's, though.  They could be hurt further by an even larger marketing presence that NB will undoubtedly now exert.  But that's progress, I guess.....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 15, 2016, 06:51:26 AM »
Cool to get it straight from the source. I don't care that it wasn't heard from them first, publicly traded companies have a responsibility to be quiet about this stuff. I'm sure they were under a heavy NDA.

You can be sure that Chris Farley's statement was thoroughly vetted.

I hope for the best and will remain open minded, but then again, I buy locally whenever possible.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 15, 2016, 05:00:44 AM »
Yeast - perhaps - or at least its distribution to homebrewers.

Hops - enough to create a shortage or price increase for certain types.

With the right regulations... who knows what limitations could arise.

Maybe I am "tilting at windmills", but I am just skeptical enough to think that when In-Bev enters a market, it wants to exert a measure of control over it to the detriment of its competition.  That means the market suffers - especially if it is a market that is subject to heavy regulation (alcohol).  How far the wake casts its ripple, I can't say, but this acquisition is closer to my concerns than the craft beers it bought.

No offense, but why would any yeast company settle for only a single retailer?  I think you are way off base in your understanding of how things work.  Or maybe I am.

 See your point, Denny, but think a bit larger - what if it bought the yeast companies....again, this is probably not ever going to happen.  I'm just a tad concerned about the market in a global sense - any centralization means control that is best left to market forces, rather than individual company manipulation.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: mash in at 40C
« on: October 14, 2016, 02:24:36 PM »
I am hopeful that underletting will be sufficient with maybe a very easy swirl of the paddle after that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 14, 2016, 02:21:56 PM »
Yeast - perhaps - or at least its distribution to homebrewers.

Hops - enough to create a shortage or price increase for certain types.

With the right regulations... who knows what limitations could arise.

Maybe I am "tilting at windmills", but I am just skeptical enough to think that when In-Bev enters a market, it wants to exert a measure of control over it to the detriment of its competition.  That means the market suffers - especially if it is a market that is subject to heavy regulation (alcohol).  How far the wake casts its ripple, I can't say, but this acquisition is closer to my concerns than the craft beers it bought.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 25
« on: October 14, 2016, 02:16:39 PM »
I am going to give it a "go", as I have been trying to be low oxy on the kegging side for a few months now and that, alone, has been an improvement in stability, I believe.  I have SMB in the granular form and will try to weigh out the right amounts, yet knowing what the stuff smells like in water (for sanitizing) makes me a bit uneasy that I might encounter a sulfur bomb with the wrong yeast...but I figure it is worth trying anyway.

I don't have a stainless fermenter, so copper is unavoidable at this point...hoping for the best.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 14, 2016, 01:25:29 PM »
My fear is that they try to corner the market on certain ingredients (think Hunt brothers in the silver market) and run the small LHBS's out of business.  That didn't work yet on the craft beer market, but they still haven't finished acquiring either....

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Ingredients / Rahr Pilsner adjustment in BW
« on: October 14, 2016, 05:14:43 AM »
I recall the two row as being adjusted to 5 degrees L, but is there a specific number to use for Rahr Pilsner malt?  Got a sack and brewing this weekend.

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Ingredients / Re: Honey Malt in Brun' WAter
« on: October 14, 2016, 05:10:00 AM »
FW 805 uses a fair amount and it is a solid beer...just sayin.

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Ingredients / Re: When do you add honey?
« on: October 13, 2016, 07:01:05 PM »
Thought I would look into it a bit and it turns out that there is some science supporting adding sugars at the cold side:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281405909_Carbohydrates_Addition_during_Brewing_-_Effects_on_Oxidative_Processes_and_Formation_of_Specific_Ageing_Compounds

Better shelf life with not heating the simple sugars, if you trust that study.

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