I like it. Nice setup, man !
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I think I was confusing two different mystery esters. Us-05 supposedly throws a peach/apricot ester. The budweiser strain supposedly throws the apple/pear ester.
My experience is that there ain't no "supposedly" about it!
Open a brewery, then learn to brew. Weird, it would have never struck me that you could get away with that.
But hey! Their friends just love their beer.
I think both the liberal and conservative brewer would promise that they could brew a 10 gallon batch for $2 and could be grain to glass in 2 days.
Major - I saw you said it turned great. So do you think you got full attenuation @ 42F, or do you think warming up finished it off ? Just curious - still blown away that it went strong that low.
The beer that turned out great was an "IMperial Amber" (kind of a malty, reddish IIPA). IIRC it dropped down below 50 degrees and was chugging along like there was not a care in the world. I raised the temp to the mid 60s on that one and had no off flavors/attenuation problems.
I got this one up to 55 before I left last night. Be interesting to see if thermic activity brought it up any over night. Otherwise I'll be raising it again today.
Maybe OP thinks we are trying to sell him something? Just click on the link. It's instructions on how to batch sparge using a home made cooler. Faster, cheaper method than what you are going to find on More Beer. I mean, you can certainly spend the money and still batch sparge on whatever you buy. And maybe you just have some extra money you want to spend. I get that, I love to spend money sometimes too. But at least check it out.
No, OP doesn't think that! I'm just leery of using any plastic with hot liquids. Considering the cooler companies tell you not to, I'd rather go SS.
I agree with you.
Though we're still far from a consensus on the safety of plastics (with so many different formulations), I think there are very legitimate concerns to consider with regard to heating plastics that are not formulated/tested for those temps.
Even prior to any real-world usage or heating at all, studies have found that compounds released are absorbed into our bodies and can impact our endocrine systems. Some of these compounds mimic estrogen and there are still a lot of unknowns regarding how people are actually affected by these chemicals.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm not looking for any increase in the man-boobs department.
We can all debate the effect on the human body of these compounds, but what's need are more long-term studies. What is pretty established is that you're sucking down plastic when you consume liquids that come into contact, especially at warmer temps.
Easy taste test: pour some water out of a non-refillable water jug into a glass. Don't need much of a trained palate to taste the plastic.
okay, but I have never tasted plastic in either the wort coming out of my cooler or the beer I made with it. so i'm fine? also no man boobs. we suck down so much poison as a general rule in this society that I tend to let it go with plastic, at least food contact plastic.
I think you guys aren't pouring hard enough. I'm not a huge fan of excess fizz in my hoppy brews, but that carbonation does a world of good when it comes to releasing hop aroma. I just pour it extra hard to kick out the extra carbonation.