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I consider myself extremely lucky to be homebrewing at a time where brewers like Denny and Marshall (as well as their experiments) are so accessible to the community. It certainly encourages me to do my fair share of experimentation, and I'm a better brewer for it, too.

Same here.

I would add a "+1" except I don't want to be accused of confirmation bias....just kidding!  Great stuff, guys.

Hey Marshall - there are those who still profess to makes their lager beer by starting warm and cooling slowly once fermentation starts in earnest...and these guys have won awards.  I am at odds with them using your stepped up approach, but we agree to disagree on what works best for us, respectively.  But I would love for you to do an Exbeermt on that issue some time! 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW Alternative?
« on: September 23, 2015, 12:25:41 PM »
Good to hear, Denny. - sounds  like I might switch when my current keg of PBW runs out.

How are the Craftmeister tabs?  I'm all for easy, peasy stuff - heck I carb growlers of extra beer in batches using the sugar drops....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Winter/Garage Brewing
« on: September 23, 2015, 12:20:43 PM »
Here in Illinois it shifted later, as well.  I was lagering in the garage until late April.

I can't help but think of Chris Farley when hearing the words "El Niño" - "which is Spanish for the Niño"!  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW Alternative?
« on: September 23, 2015, 12:12:54 PM »
This is the company that Denny uses. They have powder and tabs.

Yep.  Better than Oxi or PBW.  Drew did a test.....

One thing we found is that the Crafmeister cleaners dissolve better than either Oxi or PBW.  Turns out that Oxi and PBW  source their percarbonate from the laundry industry and it has a coating that doesn't full dissolve until 140F.  Craftmeister uses percarbonate made for the chemical industry and it dissolves at 110F.  Don't get me wrong....both Oxi and PBW work well.  But Craftmeister works better.

Good test and interesting results, but they all did well on an overnight soak, so I would say that the Craftmeister Alkaline was worked quicker, rather than better... But I suppose it's all semantics.  I have the tablets to try out them free for judging a couple weeks back.  For what it is worth, I rinse well and clear all crud with just water and a cloth or no scratch scrubbie pad before cleaning carboys, buckets and kegs (usually PBW, but sometimes another cleanser.)  That way I can reuse the PBW solution many times - I just leave it in my homemade keg and carboy washer with a tight lid and it keeps for weeks.  I heard a rumor that PBW is used by Ruth's Crist Steakhouse chains to clean the seared on steak grease from the cast iron plates their steaks are served on.  If so, it must continue working through many cycles.  So, I would be interested to hear if Drew tried these products out on his "assembly line cleaning operation"?

Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: September 23, 2015, 04:51:04 AM »
PM sent this morning.  Last time the beers I received were fantastic (Cascades Runner)!  Toby had to suffer through mine, but I also sent him Zombie Dust by FFF to make up for that.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stepping up a starter by gravity, vs volume?
« on: September 22, 2015, 06:44:32 PM »
I had the unique opportunity to visit a university lab and watch plate preparation and even streaked some with salmonella under the watchful eyes of microbiology grad students.  One thing for sure was autoclave was used for all medium (agar) and flames were on whenever working with microbes outside of a positive ventilation hood.

I don't go for that level of sanitation at home by any measure, but I try to be mindful about things to minimize bad results.  If I am in the kitchen I will work next to a lit stove burner for good luck.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: fermentation lag times
« on: September 22, 2015, 06:19:34 PM »
Maybe the O2 was a bit heavy handed if you aerated after pitching?  I suggest aerating first then pitching the slurry.  Just another SWAG, but perhaps the O2 had some detrimental effect....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Goosing the Mash? Brewday issues
« on: September 22, 2015, 06:07:11 PM »
If my mash is a tad high, I use frozen water bottles - I don't want my water adjustments to drift too much ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: September 22, 2015, 04:50:33 AM »
Glad you posted it here Jim.  I replied on the other thread but I'll duplicate that by saying I am in, Jim, if it is still open!

Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: September 22, 2015, 04:49:04 AM »
Almost missed it - I'm in if you are still taking names, Jim!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roommate drinking all the beer :(
« on: September 21, 2015, 07:00:32 PM »
How about a simple bungee cord all the way around?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roommate drinking all the beer :(
« on: September 21, 2015, 11:52:37 AM »
 Interesting device, but it won't prevent the beer theft, so I would be more proactive if you want to stop that; alternatively, just create a cup for donations, if the cost is the issue.  I rely on a group of guys to drink my beer and I love to brew, so I probably would use the system to simply suggest to the crew to focus on certain beers that are close to empty in the keg in order to free up kegs more readily.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 09/21/2015
« on: September 20, 2015, 04:59:04 AM »
I'm set up to brew a Belgian Wit tomorrow to make up for the one I screwed up on Labor Day.  I will be dumping 10 gallons of scorched Belgian Wit sometime during the day.  I haven't dumped a batch of beer in quite a long time so I am wondering if I should have a little ceremony.

Sounds like a lot of marinade to dump, but I know that storage becomes an issue.

I made two ten gallon batches yesterday - a Flanders Red and a no frills lager (I called it NFL, since that will be when it will be served on a couple three Sunday's in November.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nice Article, Marshall
« on: September 20, 2015, 04:52:54 AM »
Yes, congrats to Marshall and I agree on the generosity of homebrewers helping with questions and sharing recipes.  I have never found a homebrewer that is unwilling to give a recipe when requested.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brettanomyces pellicle or infection ?
« on: September 18, 2015, 10:38:46 AM »
I agree with all of the foregoing, but I would also note that these yeast blends are harvestable, but you will likely have a different profile with the slurry as compared to the initial pitch due to different growth rates between or among the strains involved.  But that can be half of the fun!  You will have truly artisanal beers that may be difficult to reproduce exactly....that's where blending comes into play.

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