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Beer Recipes / Re: Why Acidulated Malt?
« on: November 15, 2016, 10:39:06 AM »

Wow, that sounds horrendous. Short of boiling seafood in it, I can't imagine a use for that.

Brilliant suggestion!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Not To Home Brew (Video)
« on: November 08, 2016, 09:36:50 AM »
I suppose being "down under" you can't employ gravity because liquid probably runs up and you'd have to turn your kettles over to catch it.  Just takin the Mickey out of you mate. Watching someone else brew is always a great learning experience. Thanks for your post and welcome to the forum.

The Pub / Re: Spelling and Grammar
« on: October 26, 2016, 07:47:12 AM »
I'm usually on this forum to learn something...OK, sometimes just to be delightfully entertained. If I happen to come away with not only a better understanding of some brewing technique but a little better grammar as well that's just a bonus. I will never be upset by someone who's intent is to help me become better. If on the other hand I perceive that you are lording your superior intellect over me or denigrating me or anyone else in any way, I will seek you out and cave in your face.

To put someone in a position that they didn't feel comfortable posting here because they are poor spellers or grammatically challenged would be to our loss as a community.

It's all about how and when we offer advice. The original poster didn't finger anyone. They just made a general comment. If the shoe fits, wear it. If you prefer to go barefoot, you're welcome here too.

The Pub / Re: Espresso machines
« on: July 23, 2016, 09:36:41 AM »
 would get the model without the burr grinder. you probably already have a good grinder. why pay for another one?

The Pub / Re: Brewery Visitor
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:56:26 AM »
Wow! He is a real brewer now. He's got a beard!  You both look great and  I appreciate that as busy as running breweries keeps you two, you still manage to field so many questions here on the forum. Cheers gentlemen.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Activated Wyeast packet
« on: April 25, 2016, 09:28:10 AM »
Sometime back when I was playing with a microscope, I took a year old package of Wyeast that had somewhat swollen out of the fridge and did a cell count and viability test on it. I got over 99% viability, so I called Wyeast to see if that was even possible. They said absolutely.

Yeast are a lot heartier than we think. Usually, the older the yeast, the more time to wake from dormancy.
The problem for most of us is maintaining a clean enough environment that nothing else which grows faster takes hold first.

Since then, I've used lots of old yeast as a LHB used to give it to me free. My advice...make a starter and taste the decanted starter wort before you pitch. Do it even if the yeast is fresh. You'll get used to the taste of green unhoped beer and will be able to easily identify when something  is not right with the starter.

Curious....what is a density meter used for in the brewery?

I think they're talking about a dissolved oxygen meter.
That would make sense. I couldn't comprehend what a density meter might tell you that a hydrometer couldn't.

Curious....what is a density meter used for in the brewery?

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Thomas from Ireland
« on: March 23, 2016, 10:08:37 AM »
Cheers to you Thomas. Lousy beer here and a couple trips to the UK is what got me started brewing back in the '70s. You've got no idea of how it cheers me to know we've now got beers good enough to be appreciated abroad. I toast the work you are doing to foster home brewing in Ireland and welcome you to a great group of fellow enthusiasts here on the forum. Look forward to hearing more of what you're up to.

I would have extrapolated how much priming solution to use. If it's normally 2 cups you use for 5 gals., then you would just use 1/5 of that for one gallon. There are also some priming tablets you can buy which you simply add directly to the bottles. Also, any piece of tubing would probably fit into the gallon bottle. I assume you tried to use an auto siphon or something which probably wouldn't fit.  You need to siphon the good old fashioned way.

Events / Re: Homebrew Conference T-shirt
« on: March 06, 2016, 01:14:54 AM »

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: March 05, 2016, 11:00:19 AM »
You guys are a stitch! Klickitat Jim for King...and I want one of those Conn shirts.

Events / Re: Homebrew Conference T-shirt
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:42:48 AM »
You ol' dinosaur you! I suddenly don't feel so alone. Still irrelevant, just not alone  :-\

Equipment and Software / Re: refractometer question
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:23:28 AM »
Spend some $$. There is no such thing as good and cheap in a refractometer. Most of the ones sold by the HBS are too cheap. The handheld ones that are good come out of the wine industry suppliers and run upwards of $80 to $100.

I had one I paid about $40 for and it drifted like crazy and rarely matched a good old glass hydrometer. I was given a Milwaukee digital model (they run around $100 I think) and it is a thing of beauty. Rock solid. calibration is a snap....though it rarely moves, and it's very fun to use. I buy sterile, individually packaged disposable pipettes, they're like $5 for 100, so tracking gravity on fermenting worts is actually a pleasure rather than being a PITA.

All Grain Brewing / Re: New Aluminum Brew Pot
« on: March 01, 2016, 11:21:30 PM »
wash it well, no conditioning needed. It will ultimately form a bit of a  patina on the inside. Do not try to remove this using anything abrasive. No wire scrubbies, use only plastic or the green sponge scrubbies. This oxidized layer is actually fine and imparts no off flavors. I've had a 15 gal heavy aluminum pot since the 80's and it looks grungy, but works perfectly.

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