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Going Pro / Why Plato?
« on: July 03, 2013, 07:02:46 PM »
Why is it pro brewers use plato for beginning and ending measurements instead of specific gravity?

Do pro brewers use a different instrument than a hydrometer?

Yeast and Fermentation / Odd looking yeast
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:54:40 AM »
Check out this tube of WLP400. It's dated Oct 3, 2013 (so packaged June 3, 2013?)

Pretty sure it's fine but I don't think I've noticed a yeast slurry from White Labs that was two different colors. I shook it up and when it settled it went back to having the darker yeast clump together like in the picture.

All Grain Brewing / Belgian Wit water question
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:15:20 PM »
Anyone have a suggestion for the SO4/Cl ratio for this style? I assume it should lean toward more sulfate but by how much?

Also, should I shoot for 5.2pH? I can get down to 5.3 with 2ml phosphoric acid in the mash. 2.5ml gets me in the 5.2 range.

All Grain Brewing / Rather than doing a decoction...
« on: June 17, 2013, 09:02:43 PM »
Would I achieve a similar flavor by pulling a gallon or so of first runnings and boiling down to, say, 50% volume? (like some people do with wee heavies)

Kegging and Bottling / Stupid noob question - gas vs liquid posts
« on: June 08, 2013, 10:15:26 AM »
Are these really different? When I took my keg apart to clean I never bothered to note which post went where. Now I see that these are sold as gas or liquid side. Did I just get lucky when I put it back together?

Last year when I brewed an imperial stout my efficiency dropped to 53%. I'm about to brew the same beer and I was wondering if there was a way to predict this change in efficiency?

I am crushing my own grain this time and get around 72% with a 1.063 gravity beer. If I'm shooting for 1.100 is there a formula I can use to estimate the lower gravity?

I am making this with first runnings if that makes any difference.

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Kegging and Bottling / 5 gallon plastic kegs
« on: June 04, 2013, 10:12:47 AM »
LHBS has these for $60 (before 10% club discount)

Anyone have experience with them? They use sanke connection.
From the outside:

Unscrew lid and giant plastic bottle is inside:

Obviously not as sturdy as corny kegs. What would be the benefits?

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Kegging and Bottling / Is there an adapter for this?
« on: June 02, 2013, 05:30:16 PM »
I purchased a Danby kegerator at Costco this weekend. It's setup for the bigger commercial kegs. I'd rather not cut off the connector it came with. Is there an adapter that will let me hook up to this?

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The Pub / Do you hate to be corrected?
« on: May 12, 2013, 07:37:12 AM »
-You share some infographic on Facebook that makes some claim (political, food science, etc)
-I comment with a single link to a snopes or politifact or factcheck article with references that demonstrates that the claim is wrong.

What is your response?

I've been accused of being ANGRY so I stopped including my own commentary when I post the link. Now I'm accused of being offensive because I shouldn't correct family members like that.

Personally, if I make a statement that is demonstrably incorrect, I want people to correct me.

Equipment and Software / O2 regulator noise
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:10:41 AM »
I purchased an o2 kit from Williams Brewing back in December. For various reasons I haven't taken it out of the package until the other day.

When I put the stone in some water to test and turned it on a) I have to turn it a lot before any o2 comes out and b) it makes a whistling type noise.

Are these normal?

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I'm sure others probably do something similar, but I thought I would share how I organize my boil additions:

The containers are Glad 4oz disposables, like these:

Just write the minutes on the lid with sharpie.

Hop Growing / Hops in pots 2013 (second year)
« on: May 06, 2013, 05:22:01 PM »
I planted March 31st. My cascade are already at about 7 feet!

Cascade at about 5 weeks by ccfoo242, on Flickr

I need to add a third string (I ran out). Since I'm in Florida I refrigerated the roots from January to the end of March. Very happy with how fast they're growing.

My Zeus finally started growing, I had to dig them back up because I put them too deep. So they haven't had as much time as the cascade.

Zeus at about 5 weeks by ccfoo242, on Flickr

These have everything going against them. They are facing west and only get sun from about 2-3pm to sundown. But I think this helps prevent them from burning up in the Florida sun.

The Pub / Another reason to be a homebrewer
« on: April 19, 2013, 02:04:03 PM »


Hang in there people of Boston!

General Homebrew Discussion / Some prohibition era homebrew supplies
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:56:13 AM »
Saw this today on Shorpy:

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Thomas R. Shipp Co. -- S.A. Gatti stand, Center Market." Offering malt extract, wine jelly and hops, three items for your Prohibition-era shopping list.

Link to full sized photo:

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Going Pro / The Can Van
« on: January 17, 2013, 08:52:48 AM »
Thought some of you would be interested in this.;river

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