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I hope to brew the pils I couldn't brew last weekend when my water pipes were frozen!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast pitching for a high OG noob
« on: December 15, 2009, 06:56:50 PM »
what table is that? I am trying to find online and I guess I am missing it?

General Homebrew Discussion / 17 years of Zymurgy archives!
« on: December 15, 2009, 06:37:37 PM »
Now you can search through 17 years of Zymurgy articles to be able to find a specific article in a specific issue.  I don't know about you, but for me it's WAY easier than looking through a stack of mags!

Be aware, this is an index, not the articles themselves.

Can I just scan it and post it? Can't see how it violates copyright if I take from AHA and post it on AHA.
I gotta say it's not going to be a mind blowing experience to read this article, but it's relevant.


Go ahead....if I hear there's a problem, we'll deal with it then.

Ingredients / Re: Yeast Nutrient
« on: December 15, 2009, 05:25:13 PM »
I've used yeast nutrient in starters for years.  All that time, I didn't add it to batches, based on the thinking that an AG wort should have all the nutrients it needs.  About a year ago, I started thinking that I was kinda disappointed in a lot of the beers I was making and went looking for things that might improve them.  One of the things I tried was adding yeast nutrient to the beers I was making.  I have no empirical evidence, but I swear my beers have been better (flavor and attenuation) since I started using it.  At NHC last summer, I attended a talk by Dr. Matthias Fischborn of Lallemand on the effect of nutrients in wort, especially zinc.  The nutrient I use contains zinc, and his explanations described my experiences since I started using nutrients.  I'll continue using nutrient because it's cheap, easy insurance.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: OLD liquid yeasts!?
« on: December 15, 2009, 04:55:46 PM »
IME, viability isn't as big a deal if you're making starters.  I've successfully used 3 1/2 year old smackpacks, although it's nothing I recommend!  Fresher is always better, but 3 months old isn't a terrible problem.  Although, if you're ordering from a place that has a decent turnover, it is a bit baffling why they have packs that are 3 months old.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1007 for a Barleywine?
« on: December 14, 2009, 08:12:33 PM »
IMO, no major taste difference.  Maybe just a tad more mouthfeel with 1007.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping a IIPA
« on: December 14, 2009, 06:58:04 PM »
It's funny to me how a mindset has developed that says if a beer is over such and such an OG or IBU level, then it _must_ be aged.  What about taste and personal preference?  AFAIAC, ANY beer is ready to drink when your tastebuds tell you it is!

Beer Recipes / Re: Taddy Porter Yeast?
« on: December 14, 2009, 04:31:11 PM »
I _think_ that yeast is one that Wyeast is going to release full time after the first of the year.  You could email Brian Perkey (brian@wyeastlab,com) and ask him.

Equipment and Software / Re: NEW IC in "best day brewing"
« on: December 14, 2009, 04:28:35 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping with pellets
« on: December 14, 2009, 04:24:58 PM »
Hi Doug,

I just put the pellets in the fermenter and rack the beer onto them.  After a week or 2, they drop out, making it easy to bottle or keg the beer.

still not in the archives.

I'll try again.

The Pub / Re: What do you like besides homebrew
« on: December 12, 2009, 07:24:53 PM »
I like to cook, which is how I got interested in brewing. 

Same here!  I wonder how many homebrewers were into cooking first.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparging and Time
« on: December 12, 2009, 07:20:18 PM »

I'll give that a try next - I've got the room.  I eliminated the rest during the batch sparge for today's brew and I'm fairly certain I did lose some efficiency.  But, my numbers generally have a bit of flux, so tough to say if the change in process was the cause.  I'll have to do a few more this way before I know for sure.

About the only way you could lose efficiency by eliminating the rest is if you hadn't gotten full conversion already and needed the extra few minutes for it to complete.  That's fairly unlikely and I've never seen it happen in my brewing.  Other than that, there's really nothing that happens during the "sparge rest".

Beer Recipes / Re: What is Snowcap?
« on: December 12, 2009, 04:50:56 PM »
I should add a warning about the WY1338.  It makes a great tasting beer, but it can take a long time to finish.  Be sure to pitch a large starter and aerate like heck.

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