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Any thoughts on priming in a keg as a substitute for a diacetyl rest for lagers?  I was out of town when a batch would typically been given a d-rest.  It's been a month in the primary and I was thinking to prime in the lag, anyway.  The thought occurred to me that it might reduce diacetyl, too....just a random thought, not empirically backed by any means.

Definitely a morning brewer here - around 6:30 start, unless I know for sure what I will be brewing, in which case I set timers on my electric bucket heaters for the strike water in the mash tun....tonight I didn't set up a thing - just winging it in the morning.  Will decide on recipe and  water treatments, then get on with it by 6:30 or so.

Still brewing 10 gallon batches- I just give away a lot of beer.  I have never made a batch at the one gallon size, but I give credit to you guys.  At some point I hope to try a 2.5 gallon batch just to see how it is done.  I think that is where the hobby is headed, especially with the mechanized systems.....

Just kicked a keg of Helles that was so close to having IT....oh well, guess I just have my German Pils, Oktoberfest, Schwarzbier and a couple lagers going on to keg this weekend for when they kick!  The American ales are fine as a substitute, and I have them carbing,  but I love to have the lagers on hand!

I like the fact that this forum gives information so freely.  Some debates might get slightly warm, but never terribly heated, kinda the way I like to approach the hobby.  I catch myself going to Denny's line about what he does is X, but try it for yourself and see if it works best for you and your system....younger guys in the Homebrew club are like sponges when the older guys talk about nuances and they are often better tasters than this old dog, so we can find mutual respect in those things.  I often say that my biggest regret in life is waiting so long to start homebrewing, so I darn sure want to use the most of my time at this point to enjoy it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: March 29, 2016, 05:16:49 PM »
I haven't even looked into the National requirements let alone concerning my self with Master level - that is a huge commitmentI am sure (and I don't know half of the acronyms you guys are using in the discussion above!

I took the tasting exam last summer and only got an 80, so even National level will require a lot for me.

I vorlauf, then pour through a double strainer to catch any lingering husks or grain, risking the dreaded (non-issue to me) HSA - but according to that German website, the HSA doesn't cause oxidation issues, rather it creates SRM issues and darker beers than are acceptable.  If it ain't one thing, it's another.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermtech Auto siphon.
« on: March 28, 2016, 04:48:14 AM »
My guess is the seal at the racking cane part and the tubing was letting in a lot of air, like a Venturi suction and that overwhelmed the siphon of the fluid, but it could also be the seal at the cane and the outer tube.  Be sure to take apart and store separated the cane and outer tube, otherwise the inner seal tends to bind and cause leaks.  The last point of likely failure is a crack in the cane or outer tube.

If none of those conditions are the problem, then it must be height differential - be sure that the entire receiving vessel is below the bottom of the vessel that you are racking from and you should have a good siphon condition relative to the two vessels (of course, technically, it is the relative level of the liquids that is the only concern, but keeping the two situated one fully above the other will help ensure that it flows.)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: You Might Be A Homebrewer If....
« on: March 28, 2016, 04:37:19 AM »
You convince your wife that setting the house thermostat to 62F for a few days will be beneficial to your health - your fermenting re-pitched yeast health, that is....and she doesn't object or even think it is a strange request.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: March 23, 2016, 08:49:47 PM »
All of the WLP pure pitches worked on all beers of reasonably middle ground ABV levels without the need for starters.

The Pub / Re: Drew's Weight Loss
« on: March 23, 2016, 08:23:31 PM »
Just took a week to watch what I ate and drank and dropped 10 pounds.  So, without giving up beer, but watching carbs and avoiding beer for all but a couple nights, I dropped 10 pounds and feel a bit better.  I'm going to keep going through the next two weeks on a relatively low carb arrangement and hope to drop another 5 pounds or so, acknowledging that the beer carbs will hurt me (judging one comp and likely a few beers during the March Madness). :-*

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew at festivals
« on: March 23, 2016, 08:02:51 PM »
There are likely some that are close enough to get folks that know what can and can't be done. - you can also ask here by stating your specific locale - you might just get a very knowledgable person.  I am in Illinois and we can't do much, unfortunately.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer comp "fine print"
« on: March 23, 2016, 07:59:32 PM »
I have found that all really good Brewers will give up all of the secrets about their beer.  They don't worry about someone stealing their secrets.  Some Brewers will even give water adjustments based on RO.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew at festivals
« on: March 23, 2016, 07:56:04 PM »
It varies state to state, but last weekend I judged a competition in Athens, GA that included a homebrew dispensing the following day - it was great.  They did not charge to get in and had a suggested donation and upgrade to glasses that featured local Brewers for $10.  Every state has its own rules and you have to make sure you are compliant.

The Pub / Re: Drew's Weight Loss
« on: March 18, 2016, 06:25:46 AM »
Especially if you are not eating while walking that much!

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