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A summer pilsner, but racked to keg both a spruce beer and an Irish Blonde Ale

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast bummer
« on: May 31, 2012, 02:42:37 AM »
I just store in ziplock bags.  Use it within a month and you will have no problems pitching directly.  Longer than that and a starter is necessary.  After 3-4 months consider tossing it (you really should brew frequently enough to use it up in that time or just get new yeast).

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 25, 2012, 08:35:38 PM »
Of course repitching from dry yeast cakes is another matter...

Strictly a consumption based weekend here - I'm taking my son and his college buddy up to Northern WI for the weekend to fish.  It looks like rain, so I hope I have enough homebrew to take with me!  May have to pull a few more growlers....

Have a good one, brewers.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mixing Lager Yeasts - Pros and Cons
« on: May 18, 2012, 08:00:16 PM »
FWIW, I like both of those strains, especially 838 in an Oktoberfest Marzen.  I have no idea on whether they will "mate" as you proceed with generations going forward, but I would make a few batches to see!  Sounds like an experiment to me... I wish you good luck.

Cheers to trying something.

The Pub / Re: Police in Chicago bust NATO protestors homebrewing
« on: May 18, 2012, 04:52:39 PM »
Being in the Chicago area, a friend called me this morning to alert me to the story and to caution that I may be next!  Thankfully, I am out of town Saturday, but I am brewing Sunday regardless! 

I am reminded of the quote from the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, who said during the 1968 riots at the Democratic National Convention: "the police aren't there to create disorder, they are there to maintain it."


Bottling off the keg for my daughter's graduation from college - a brown and a pale ale; brewing Helles on Sunday with WLP 860 harvested from a current batch - it might be my house lager yeast for the year!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: DR on a vienna
« on: May 08, 2012, 01:05:26 AM »
It appears that you have done a few lagers, so assuming those turned out fine, I would follow your plan, but I tend to primary for a month and then keg without any D-rest.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Enjoying a Cigar on Brew Day
« on: May 04, 2012, 05:43:02 PM »
I had to give up the stogies a few years back, but I like it when the other guys fire em up.  Brings back memories of great cigars gone by...what is your favorite brew to drink with a cigar?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Suprise
« on: May 04, 2012, 05:41:08 PM »
I love it when that happens.  I have strained a few through a mesh bag, because of the amount of sediment in the bottom of them (thinking along the lines of an old wine) and really been surprised how good they can be after a while out of sight and mind.

The Bucksnort Brown with a few guys in the club in my drive, toast at noon, then a big Cinco de Mayo party at 4 with the neighborhood.  Big Brew then big to do.

Going Pro / I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:03:35 PM »
I can't imagine not brewing new things, so as long as I could brew some pilot beers, I think the pro thing would work; but getting the time and having the energy to do so as a pro is the real limiter on that, it seems.

Oddly, I am involved in giving advice for a living, so the only way that stops for me is to isolate myself - so I homebrew solo usually and I fish as my other hobby.  These fora give me the opportunity to filter what I respond to, which is a pleasant diversion.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To our Governing Committee
« on: April 29, 2012, 11:51:51 AM »
I don't know much about the competition, but the hobby has taken off like wildfire.  I prefer to spend my time brewing, rather than going through what sounds like a pretty time consuming and perhaps expensive process to become a BJCP level judge, so in fairness I don't enter the competition.  Maybe require anyone to become a judge and participate in judging if he enters more than x number of beers over a y period of time  and also to work toward BJCP certification in order to continue in the competition each year and require that they sit out two years if they don't do that.  Also support/compensate the judges who participate (free NHC registration, dues waiver, special perks or similar benefits) in order to further incentivize participation as judges.  Again, I don't know how the competition works and I have never entered, so this may be completely unreasonable for some entrants - just my two Lincolns.

An Irish Blonde, plus getting my starter going for WLP 001 for the Big Brew Bucksnort Ale.

Energy consumption? Obvious, but worth considering...

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