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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Prize Giveaway Contest
« on: January 18, 2010, 03:53:18 PM »
Maybe it's me, but I don't see any banner ad.

You must be running an ad-blocker.  Since it's sponsored by someone else, your software probably considers it an ad.

It should show up on the right side below the "Homebrewers conference is coming" block and above the "Brewer of the Week" block.  Try turning off your ad-blocker and see if that helps.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Speeding up bottle priming?
« on: January 18, 2010, 02:37:23 PM »
things like fusel alcohols which give the beer an unpleasant taste

The fusel alcohols and other unwanted byproducts primarily occur during the vigorous part of fermentation.  The tiny amount of "fermentation" that's going on during bottle conditioning shouldn't generate those things.  I'd go ahead and warm 'em up but, like someone else mentioned, keep it below temps that might actually kill the yeast.  When I did it recently, the max they were warmed up to was 80-85 F.  Carbed 'em up nicely, enough so that I went ahead and added them to my entries in the upcoming UMMO.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Animated avatars
« on: January 18, 2010, 02:58:35 AM »
I don't have much problem with the avatars, but the animated (and or oversized) graphics in signatures drive me crazy.  Completely messes up the formatting of the forum.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pressure Canning Wort For Starters
« on: January 16, 2010, 10:48:33 PM »
Just let it cool properly with the weight on. Only takes a few minutes longer.  Are you really in that big of a hurry?

Sorry, looks like I wasn't clear.  When I said no cheating by lifting the weight, I meant that I don't cheat by lifting the weight.  I wait the full time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pressure Canning Wort For Starters
« on: January 16, 2010, 05:45:01 PM »
I also disagree.  I always let it cool down completely on it's own until the little pop-up thingy drops back down (No cheating by removing the weight early).  Even then, when I take the jars out, the liquid inside them continues to bubble and boil for another 10-15 minutes.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Culturing
« on: January 16, 2010, 03:23:24 PM »
Thirsty monk what is the shipping from cynmar if you don't mind me asking..

Just looked at my cynmar order from back in August.  Shipping was $9.95 on $59.15 worth of stuff which I don't consider overly steep.  And yeah, like Kai says, their quantities are geared toward bigger orders.  That's not a bad thing, though, as I've found tons of uses for the 12-pack of 150ml beakers :)

Ingredients / Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« on: January 16, 2010, 03:51:07 AM »
Marris Otter for mine too.  Brewing my Irish Red this Sunday as a matter of fact.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning
« on: January 15, 2010, 07:41:11 PM »
What type of cleaner is Bar Keepers Friend?

It's a powdered non-chlorine cleaner for all surfaces.  I primarily use it for cleaning stainless steel (ie. my brew kettle).

You can find out all you want to know at...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pressure Canning Wort For Starters
« on: January 15, 2010, 07:07:30 PM »
do you have to chill the starter wort before putting them in the mason jars and pressure canning?  While I realize the jars can handle boiling temps, would the jars be able to handle the shock of putting near boiling wort in them?

If you read the instructions closely on the step-by-step of pressure canning, most recommend that you put your empty jars in room temp water and bring that to a boil and then remove them and fill them with your hot stuff.  I suppose that's their way of avoiding the shock.  That said, though, I've never done that as it seems too many extra steps and I've never had problems with thermal shock from mash temp wort.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Farms
« on: January 15, 2010, 06:14:15 PM »
I've only just started so I've only got five varieties.  I keep three slants of each (probably going to back that down to two per).  As far as space, each vial that holds the slant isn't a whole lot bigger than a chapstick.

yep, the only point of the "swelling" is to verify that you've got viable yeast in the smack pack.  If you're making a starter (which you should pretty much always do), you'll verify the viability with it instead so no need to wait for the swelling.

Started stepping up a slant of WY1084 to use in the Irish Red I'll be brewing Sunday.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pressure Canning Wort For Starters
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:30:58 PM »
I used to be one of them and pressure canners are not necessarily cheap.

Here's mine, I'd put $80 close to the "cheap" category, especially since you can also use it for regular canning.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Prize Giveaway Contest
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:50:47 AM »
I'm in too..   that was easy!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 Yeast
« on: January 14, 2010, 05:09:17 PM »
I brewed a blonde ale 11 days ago and pitched two packages of the yeast after rehydrating in a half cup starter. The thing kicked off extremely fast. I had full fermentation within 12 hours or less

Also, 12 hours??? What temp did you pitch and ferment? I pitch US-05 fairly cool (low 60s, high 50s sometimes) nd keep very cool fermentation temps. I use it regularly and for me this is a slower fermenting strain. Overpitching and pitching warm can certainly accelerate fermentation - but 12 hours is crazy short. As you probably know an extremely short fermentation does not necessarily make the best tasting beer.

Major- looks like you dropped his next sentence when you quoted him.  The full quote should be
I had full fermentation within 12 hours or less. In three days the vigorous fermentation stopped.
Sounds like he's saying fermentation was going full-speed in 12 hours but didn't complete until three days.  That sounds a little more reasonable.

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