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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Washing 101
« on: April 12, 2010, 04:03:43 PM »
when you have a pack of yeast you like you can always save some when you make your starter and use it to propagate a fresh line. similarly, you can make two starters from one pack and propagate up one for brewing and one for storing. then you will always have a "clean"  source of your favorite yeast

The Pub / Re: OK homebrewers, where should I live?
« on: April 08, 2010, 05:54:26 PM »
i used to be a nuke eng.  (ex submarine driver).  left the industry and moved on, but i may have a few connections left if you still like that field. (question sanity)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 6 Bigfoot down! tragedy in NE VT!
« on: April 08, 2010, 01:07:44 AM »
i doubt they were long for the world anyway :'(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cost Per Batch?
« on: April 07, 2010, 10:56:51 AM »
i have various jars.some are full quart size and some are half pint. you could even use your leftover jelly, peanut butter or even a beer bottle.  you dont need to go crazy but make sure it is at least washed with hot water and rinsed. i also save a little bit of my wort in the freezer to use as a starter for the next time if idont have enough slurry.

as far as propane, i have a natural gas grill off my house line.  i am trying to get a burner to come off that line.  still costs but i can blame the kids and long showers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cost Per Batch?
« on: April 06, 2010, 07:51:25 PM »
every three to four weeks you should be able to reuse your yeast fine.  just save the slurry and build up a new starter from it.  keep it in a small mason jar.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Basic Question of Kegging Science
« on: April 06, 2010, 07:49:11 PM »
as long as you can keep the 10psi blanket on it it will stabilize. if you pressurize to 10psi then isolate the keg from the pressure source it will drop some as the gas diffuses in to the liquid.  the amount absorbed in to the liquid is proportional to the partial pressure of the gasses on top.  (so if you had a 10 pound pressure but 2/3 of it was nitrogen and 1/3 co2, that is typically the way it will be dissolved in the beer)

Ingredients / Re: German Hops
« on: April 06, 2010, 07:45:42 PM »
just ordered mount hood from freshops.  i hope they turn out  8)

Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes and the Refrigerator
« on: April 06, 2010, 06:06:49 PM »
can't blame a guy for thinking outloud. i mean on line
good luck ::)

Equipment and Software / Re: Stopper stuck in Carboy
« on: April 06, 2010, 01:59:20 PM »
get it near the opening and hold it there with either a coat hanger through the center hole or needle nose pliers.  then use long suture scissors or even wire cutters to start cutting it in to small pieces :-[

Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes and the Refrigerator
« on: April 06, 2010, 02:20:22 AM »
they should be fine in the fridge. hopefully will think it is still winter

however, a few would look good growing in my yard ::)

Equipment and Software / Re: plastic carboys
« on: March 24, 2010, 02:42:03 PM »
from what i can find out this is a catchall number.  some seem to have the potential to leach chemicals similar to the old nalgene bottles.  probably not worth using for that reason but can find nothing about oxygen.

Equipment and Software / Re: plastic carboys
« on: March 24, 2010, 04:35:57 AM »
checked out the plastic carboys.  only marking on the bottom is the recycle triangle with a number 7 in the middle.

thanks for the other ideas

Equipment and Software / Re: plastic carboys
« on: March 23, 2010, 07:30:04 PM »
thanks hopefully they can be useful

Equipment and Software / Re: plastic carboys
« on: March 23, 2010, 07:02:42 PM »
i am sure they are marked, i can look when i get home tonight

Equipment and Software / plastic carboys
« on: March 23, 2010, 06:45:13 PM »
i have several large water bottles that i can use and throw away.  i am just not sure if they will or will not be impermeable to oxygen.  is there an easy way to tell

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