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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing in cool weather
« on: March 16, 2011, 02:32:25 PM »
Thanks for all the input.  I am just going to insulate it and go with it.

I am hopfully going to hit 1.083 OG with this beer and I was wondering if it will be ok to just pitch two bags of liquid yeast rather than making a starter because I don't have time to make one before the weekend.  The liquid yeast I used last time said it started out with 500 billion* cells in the bag.

Edit: 100 Billion
Well, according to, you need 283 billion cells for a 5 gallon batch. Even if you had a brand new pack at close to 100% viability, you'd be grossly underpitching. You should consider making a starter or buying a couple more packs.

No time for brewing, but I did just get my shipment of Brett B and C, so I may be pitching those into a Saison and a Golden Strong.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: How's this for some club publicity?
« on: March 16, 2011, 06:57:50 AM »
Great article. And very nice brew shed/garage. Looks quite... organized.  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: How long does a batch take/Grinding grain.
« on: March 15, 2011, 02:54:21 PM »
Where were all of you 4 hours ago?

How long should it take to cool a batch?  I boiled a pot of water and mine did the following:

0 min:  212F
5 min: 132F
10 min: 98F
15 min: 92F
20 min: 85F
25 min:  quit 5 minutes ago and opened a beer.

Obviously it cools rapidly at the start and the slows as it gets lower.  Not sure how long it would take to get to 70 degrees, probably 30+ minutes with me stirring frequently.

That's not bad. A lot depends on the temperature of the water going into the chiller. For me, chilling times in the winter are half of what they are in the summer. In winter, my water is below 50. In summer, closer to 70. I started using a pre-chiller in an ice bath to cool the water in the summer, otherwise I'd be waiting forever to reach pitching temps. I really want to see a picture of your creation. Homebrewing sure brings out everyone's inventive side.

Pimp My System / Re: Kegging Initiated
« on: March 13, 2011, 03:01:41 PM »
I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders as the bottling dread dissipates.
Now I am thinking I need a dedicated lager fridge,
because I am not liking my IPA at 36 degrees as much :-\  
One thing leads to another in this hobby.  heh, Cheers!

Yeah, I have a small chest freezer for fermenting and now a big one for serving/lagering.  I somehow don't think the wife would look fondly on adding a third so I'm going to have to strike a compromise temperature for serving and lagering.  I have it set at 39F right now.

 Ahhh.... Not sure how long you have been married but there are ways; take it from an old timer.

 A surprise "date" with an expensive dinner (I mean, you got to eat something, right?), and a small gift of some sort of jewelry (catch it on sale) as "a small token of appreciation for putting up with me and all of my making a mess with all the brewing stuff I do. Thank you and I love you more for it. I never imagined anyone could have a more understanding wife, compassionate companion and best friend" will go farther than you will ever imagine. A few small tears doesn't hurt.

  Strike while the iron is hot! In the moment of rhapsody..."All I need is one more small chest freezer then I will have reached the zenith of happiness", and then, little grasshopper, it shall be yours.

 Tubercle has many things 8)
Tubercle is a wise man.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Pitch Temperature
« on: March 13, 2011, 06:17:55 AM »
I just brewed a pilsener and I think I might have pitched it too warm--perhaps room temp or so? Aside from the less clean flavor, is there any risk here of killing the yeast or slowing the start of fermentation? It's been about 3 days and still no krausen. Getting worried...
You're not going to kill the yeast pitching at room temp. If anything, the warmer temperature should have made them start up a bit faster. How much yeast did you pitch? Did you make a starter?

Pimp My System / Re: Kegging Initiated
« on: March 13, 2011, 06:14:40 AM »
Most of the barbs on the disconnects are 1/4 inch, and it seems most regulators are being sold with 5/16 barbs. I swapped mine out so the regulators have 1/4 inch as well. Then I just use 3/16 inch beer line throughout my system (beer and gas side), and buy it by the 100 ft roll..

Equipment and Software / Re: Malt Mill
« on: March 11, 2011, 02:00:35 PM »
How do the husks look? Are they still somewhat intact? Got any pictures?

Zymurgy / Re: March/April Issue?
« on: March 11, 2011, 08:35:15 AM »
I got mine early last week. I'm already done reading it. Great issue. Nice writing in there Tom.

The Pub / Re: Japan quake
« on: March 11, 2011, 06:00:30 AM »
Life in Hawaii is never dull!

Eruptions to the left of me, tsunamis to the right...  Not meaning to jinx it, but what next... a major earthquake?

Sorry for the delayed response.  Been calling all of my nearshore friends. Tsunami party at Punatic's house tonight. We are 5 miles inland at 375ft. msl and have lots of spare beds and bedrolls.

The tsunami sirens are erie. Robo-calls coming from Hawaii County Civil Defense.  The mid-ocean buoys are registering a harbor wave coming this way.  Everyone is being evacuated from the tsunami zones.  ETA Puna 3:35AM HST (13:35 UTC)

No worries.  It's all good here.  

Pray for the people in Japan.  Serious s*** happened there.  
8.9 magnitude is monster.

Did I mention the sirens are really creepy?  Chicken skin kine stuffs...
Good thing you're at some elevation. 8.9... that's a big one. The footage is pretty scary from what I've seen.

Equipment and Software / Re: Digital Mash Thermometer Suggestions
« on: March 10, 2011, 10:41:44 AM »
I've got one of these that I really like.

Not as fast as the Thermopen, but very accurate and less expensive.
I just picked one of these up and I love it. I would also recommend it.

Beer Recipes / Re: American Pale Ale
« on: March 10, 2011, 10:38:57 AM »
Looks like a pretty solid recipe. I love the Cascade/Centennial combo.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saison yeast substitution tips
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:22:50 AM »
You'll make a decent beer with the T-58, but I'm pretty sure you'll be disappointed if you're expecting a saison out of it. If it were me, I'd wait until I had the right yeast.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« on: March 09, 2011, 01:55:36 PM »
At least you're leaving it in front of your own house, someone left a printer/fax machine in front of my house yesterday.  Now I have to take it down to the recycling place in a few weeks when they have free drop-off.
Maybe they were hoping you would fix it and put it back out on the curb for them to pick up.

Not much spare time this weekend. I may try to squeeze in an APA Sunday or Monday night if I have the energy left to stay up until 1am. I'll bet I find a way...  ;)

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