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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is this yeast still okay to use?
« on: April 23, 2017, 03:51:56 PM »
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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Sunday with Monks
« on: April 16, 2017, 05:56:46 PM »
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.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Looking to upgrade
« on: April 04, 2017, 05:05:41 PM »
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.

Ingredients / Re: New Hops Oils Composition Chart View
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:57:20 PM »
I love info laid out for easy comparison like that. Thanks for taking the time to do that and posting it. Just looking briefly at it I find a couple of surprises. For instance, I would certainly have expected Chinook to come up high in the piney and resiny categories, yet it is rather low.

Anyone else see any surprises?

The currently posted article on post boil and whirlpool hops on the AHA website has some interesting results.
One thing noted was that extended whirlpool times were actually preferred less by the sample tasters than a 10 minute whirlpool. I am all about saving some time in my process.  Will be testing that theory. 
Take a look at that article.

It's one of my favorites.
Hmmm, Jonathan Livingston Brewmaster.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I Think she's into it!!
« on: March 21, 2017, 04:58:51 PM »
Awwww. That's such a sweet picture.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: New AHA Homebrewer
« on: March 14, 2017, 12:35:55 AM »
Greetings Pilgrim. Welcome to the forum.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 13, 2017, 10:14:28 PM »
Zaxxle, Just keep making beer...and use the flour. It's beer goodness in powder form. Brewing is about brewing, crushing is only a step in the process and you can take that step when you decide your interests in the hobby warrants it. Cheers!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:27:41 PM »
Congrats!   Well Done!   Fantastic!   Let's drink to that!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:24:05 PM »
Any mill is better than no mill, and money well spent. Milled grain oxidizes in a hurry....fresh is best.

All Grain Brewing / Re: I feel like a newbie all over again...
« on: March 06, 2017, 06:53:26 AM »
Pull very slowly until you're running sufficiently clear wort. Any false bottom has a lot larger holes than a wire braid.
Regarding the thermometer, yes the thermapens are accurate, but they don't take a reading half way down the tun and the temp will vary substantially at different depths until the temp equalizes. That said, most analog bimetal thermometers need to be calibrated and take a much longer time to stabilize their reading.

Those SS Tuns look really nice...sounds like it will work well for you.

The Pub / Re: How did you pick your forum name?
« on: March 04, 2017, 06:58:07 PM »
Alewife was a woman who kept an alehouse historically. An Alewife is also a small fish. Being a female brewer kind of makes me a small fish in a big pond of mostly guy brewers and I keep my own alehouse for my Brit husband and, it was a no brainer. I added the "Y" to make it my own and give it the olde English spelling.

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday!
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:45:04 PM »
Happy Birthday to you Denny. I'll buy you a beer in MPLS.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: New to AHA!
« on: February 11, 2017, 05:17:07 PM »
Cheers mate! Keep those kettles fired. You're among kindred spirits.

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