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Marine Tex is handy stuff to have around. We've fixed everything from cars to cool ships with it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Down Side of Online Ordering
« on: May 10, 2017, 12:33:48 PM »
Really depends how it's been handled. I once cell counted a year old pack just for giggles and got 99% viability. I didn't believe it and actually called Wyeast. They said yah, entirely probable.

We're in a small community and have a great LHBS, but he doesn't have the kind of turnover the bigger town stores have. He marks the price down a dollar a month on yeast, and after 6 months or more generally gives it away. I've gotten a lot of beyond best by yeasts (which according to my understanding is 6 months from that manufacture date) and as long as the pack swelled nicely, they have performed completely satisfactorily. If it doesn't swell then there just aren't enough viable cells left to ferment a starter before the wort sours.

I wouldn't sweat a 4 month old pack as long as it swells up nicely within a day.

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The Pub / Re: South African Hops to Only Go To ABInBev Breweries.
« on: May 10, 2017, 12:22:13 PM »
Hmmm, when they start acquiring hop farms it's time for Indies to form Ag co-ops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crazy Denver hail storm today
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:17:49 AM »
So I was curious...


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Kinda fun that you thought to get a pH reading. We get our water directly out of the river where we live (Or) and it generally runs around 7-8 pH. With all the rains we've had this winter it dropped to 5.5 the last brew day I checked it. As it dries out here for a few days then rains again, it bounces up and down quite a bit. It didn't even occur to me to check my water pH every time I brew until I checked my pH one brew day and found the mash at 5.0 instead of the anticipated 5.4. Getting smart the hard way.

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The Pub / Re: 2018 GABF Judging
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:04:40 AM »
Happy for you. Hope it's a wonderful experience. It's a lot of demanding work and you folks that do it are sometimes maligned, but know you are very much appreciated.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: New Member Intro
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:07:02 AM »
Nice to meet you MrPowers. You'll be glad you logged on. Lots of good conversation and advice here.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Moving to dry yeast exclusively
« on: May 07, 2017, 02:36:44 PM »
I've had brilliant success with Williams Brewing. Good Price, arrives cool, no extra charges necessary. Maybe give them a try.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil Problem
« on: May 07, 2017, 08:41:13 AM »
If you open the valve on the tank too fast it will indeed put the regulator in a safe mode. Open the tank valve completely open, but don't crank it open really fast. Then you can control the flame easily with the hose regulator. The burner gets a 20 gal kettle boiling like nobodies business. I had the same issue until I read the instructions.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Discussion Topics
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:32:07 AM »
Don't leave out the artists, chefs, etc.  Great beer comes from the intersection of creativity and science. The best brewers in our club are a Hay Broker, a graphic designer and a cabinetmaker.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Feedback at Club Meetings
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:27:40 AM »
We have a sign in sheet that's numbered. We make a drawing at each meeting for a small prize by the numbers on the sign in sheet. There's a place to check if you're a club member or guest and also a place to check if you've brought a beer you want critiqued. We have a time during the meeting that we open and sample a commercial beer and discuss. After that, anyone who checked the sheet for a critique beer has a moment to present their beer, pour it and receive feed back and discussion. You can also have it presented anonymously if you prefer.

We've gone through various iterations on how to do this and are still revising. It is after all an important part of a club for many home brewers.

People who want to share beer, but don't want feedback just pass their beers or pour freely.

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All Things Food / Re: Pizza Time
« on: April 23, 2017, 06:01:44 PM »
My neighbor has an amazing wood oven that I get to use about 40% of the time (they travel about 60%)
They spoiled me for pizza forever. Out of desperation that 60% of the time, I took a chance and ordered the Italia Pizza Oven accessory for my camp chef stove. I've got to tell you that thing is a very nice compromise if you can't or don't want to build a wood oven. I can get it up to 900 degrees easily, and it's very affordable. Especially if you already have the stove. Plus it's portable. Most of our friends who've been over for pizza have ordered one.
A bunch of us who camp together take them to the coast and drive the other campers nutz with the aroma of fresh pizza wafting thru the campgrounds.
Check it out if you'd love a pizza oven outdoors but can't do the real deal.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is this yeast still okay to use?
« on: April 23, 2017, 08:51:56 AM »
My LHBS often gives me a free pack of expired yeast. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Last one was just last week. It was a Feb. 2016 English Bitter yeast. Took about 5 days to finish .5L starter. I always smell and taste the result. This one tasted like meaty burned rubber, so I dumped.

At 6+ months I'd give it a try, but I sure wouldn't pay for it and I'd have another yeast on hand as a back up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Sunday with Monks
« on: April 16, 2017, 10:56:46 AM »
What a wonderful collection. Thanks for posting. In the third picture, the monk on the right is holding a large brass vessel in his right hand. I was given one of those by my father in law, and here I always thought it was a font filler for holy water. Guess those monks knew how to repurpose stuff.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Looking to upgrade
« on: April 04, 2017, 10:05:41 AM »
Lots of great stuff out there, but just remember the more kettles, hoses and connections, the longer it takes you to prep to brew and last, but worst of all, the longer it takes to get everything cleaned up and put away.
How gear centric are you? How much space you have is another consideration. Sometimes simpler is better if you're not one to futz with equipment.


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