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Have you purchased brewing software?  How about reading Designing Great Beers?  There is nothing wrong with kit brewing at all.  But if you feel like you are cheating, then learn how to create your own recipes and read up on the styles.  I've found it to be the most fun part of the hobby and now have over 100 different recipes in my rolodex.  Maybe try one kit from each style you like and then learn how you can tweak it to your taste.

Dave

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The rule of thumb for refrigerated storage is 25% viability loss per month, so after five months it should be in the neighborhood of 25% viable - 25 billion cells left in the pack.

Math doesn't work here.   ???

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this a good problem?
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:12:58 AM »
Looking at Dave's posts - he seems to have the Mark of the Beast!

Yea, let me get off that right now!

Good luck Euge.  Only you truly know the situation and what it means to you.  Lot's of good advice here though.

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this a good problem?
« on: November 07, 2012, 10:56:28 AM »
...Or you could just tell him the truth...tell him nicely, that he just about kicked the keg on his last few visits.

+1 to Ron on this one.  If I was in the same situation, I would not have a problem saying to one of my long-time buddies, "dude, at 5 x 24oz you are drinking about 1/5 of that keg at a pop.  How about a little something for the effort".....

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this a good problem?
« on: November 07, 2012, 09:55:35 AM »
Euge,

Definitely a problem with brewing good beer!  I agree with the "beer ingredient fund" jar but that could also make things awkward if your bud is low on funds.  I'd go with my gut (after putting away the large glasses) about whether I'm being taken advantage of or not...

Dave

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You are looking at about 10% viability.  Only 10B cells.  I would make a starter even for a 2.5G batch.

Dave 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA's and Caramel Malts
« on: November 07, 2012, 06:18:40 AM »
It all comes down to what you like flavor wise in your beer.
+1000

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Will Double Crush Improve Efficiency?
« on: November 05, 2012, 11:28:45 AM »
This is just silly...why any homebrewer, this day and age, fly sparges is beyond me.
Because my system is set up for it and it's really easy and works well.  Are those good enough reasons?

+1.  My homemade fly sparger gives me consistent 80% efficiency with a 15-20 minute sparge. 

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Ingredients / Re: Homegrown Cascade
« on: October 26, 2012, 07:20:10 AM »
I love Magnum for bittering as well.  I think Denny meant not to FWH as that will contribute flavor.  Correct Denny?

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: now hear me out first....
« on: October 26, 2012, 07:18:05 AM »
Since it's really about getting your tea-totalling boss f'd up.  Make a regular beer, wave an avocado over the top (hell, get it wet in the wort, what do I care) and then tell him it's guacamole beer.  How's he gonna know it's not???

LOL, +1. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FWH question
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:50:28 AM »
Can also help with boilovers.

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Homegrown Cascade
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:22:12 AM »
Actually I think 2oz at 15 and 3 at flameout sounds better....

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Homegrown Cascade
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:20:30 AM »
Just got in some 2012 Magnum so I think the plan is .75oz Magnum at 60, 3oz Cascade at flameout and 2oz dry hop.  Thanks!

Dave

You don;t want any of that wonderful cascade flavor? Just aroma? I'd use one of those oz's divided somewhere between 30 and 10 minutes. For me this would be more balanced than just bittering and aroma additions.

HMMM.  Euge, you make a good point.  Maybe 3oz at 15 minutes and 2oz at flameout and skip the dry hop?

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Homegrown Cascade
« on: October 24, 2012, 06:52:22 AM »
Just got in some 2012 Magnum so I think the plan is .75oz Magnum at 60, 3oz Cascade at flameout and 2oz dry hop.  Thanks!

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Homegrown Cascade
« on: October 24, 2012, 05:23:33 AM »
Use any bittering hops or no?

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