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I'd let my senses be the guide.  If the hops smell cheesy throw them out.  The yeast will probably not be salvageable even with a starter.  The grains, taste & smell.  If they smell like last weeks leftovers, put them in the compost with last weeks leftovers.  The LME will probably be darker but in a sealed bag might be used with other replacements.

Most importantly, why wait a year between batches?  Get brewing man!

Ingredients / Re: Harvest Hops & Aphids
« on: September 05, 2015, 10:15:33 AM »
Next year watch for ants around the base of the plants.  They nurse the aphids and keep the lady-bugs from controlling the population.  When I did that (put some granules of the lawn type ant control), there were significantly fewer aphids to the point of not having to spray the plants.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Safe to bottle?
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:51:21 AM »
I wouldn't fault you for bottling now.  It's the Lazy Ant way isn't it?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Wheats fall from grace
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:41:23 AM »

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bench capper
« on: August 13, 2015, 12:37:38 PM »
I'm still using the cheapie one I bought in 1986.  Did the Italians have better quality back then, or do you have bad karma?  :-\

If it were me, I'd go down the the LHBS & ask to test drive one, before buying.  I'd think they'd not have an issue if you told them your story.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Temperature of US-05
« on: August 08, 2015, 12:45:08 PM »
The Fermentis data sheet says that it'll go as low as 53.7°F but ideally not below 59°F.

This has always been a struggle for me as I serve and ferment in the same "beer fridge".
SWMBO says I can't get another fridge, so I'm left with the dilemma of serving slightly warmer than I'd like, or fermenting cooler than I'd like.

Anybody got a recommendation?

Equipment and Software / Re: Beginner supplies
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:55:17 AM »
Sounds like you want to go with brew sculpture.  MoreBeer makes them, as well as Blichmann Engineering. 

I've done brewing demonstrations for a Boy Scout (Venture) crew.  It was met w/a fair amount of indifference from both the scouts & their parents.

Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: July 02, 2015, 10:28:09 AM »
I've had good results with Castle (Belgian Pils).  I also like Simpsons for crystal malts.
The sack of this I bought was full of chaff.  I felt the need to winnow it before using.  I took a box fan and poured the grain through the breeze.  It didn't seem right to buy so much imported material that ended up straight in the compost.  Perhaps I got the bottom of the grain elevator, but I've been afraid to buy another.

(my beer was fine)

All Grain Brewing / Re: conical as HLT?
« on: June 29, 2015, 12:35:57 PM »

Good idea. If you get it hot enough it will be sanitized too.
I would still follow up with starsan personally.
Why? At the temp of the HLT there's not going to be anything in there.  Seems like more hassle w/the foam to me, let alone the cost.
Now if your going to make up 5 gal of starsan anyway for your utensils, then maybe it wouldn't hurt to double use it, but I wouldn't just for an already sanitized container.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Draught Line Conversion
« on: June 11, 2015, 12:58:54 PM »
Kinda what I was getting at in the first place.  I have vinyl now, and before dropping $2.50/foot I wanted some rationalization other than the manufacturer's promise.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Using Mint
« on: June 11, 2015, 12:55:11 PM »
510 brewing made a killer peppermint porter at Christmas time a few years back.  At first it didn't sound appealing to me.  But when I tasted it - WOW!  So I too approve of experimentation.

Kegging and Bottling / Draught Line Conversion
« on: June 04, 2015, 04:17:06 PM »

I'm planning an optimization of my system (replacing the 1/4" line I have now w/3/16").  Has anybody tried this?  Are there any negatives?

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Line Management
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:13:17 PM »
Get 3/16" instead of 1/4" & you won't need a long a piece.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dual Faucet Kegerator Question
« on: May 27, 2015, 08:50:01 AM »
I have a "T" in my set up but when I have an uncarbonated beer that I want to hook up to the system, I'm left with the dilemma of whether or not I want to fuss w/changing my pressure or not.  I'm getting closer to going w/a double regulator so that I can dispense and carbonate at the same time.

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