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General Homebrew Discussion / Drinking while brewing
« on: May 10, 2013, 03:24:32 AM »
seems like a few of you are not very well functioning drunks. Just sayin'.

Yeah, I'm trying to figure this out myself. Brew day is usually 5 to 6 hours....A beer an hour can't hurt you... well at least it doesn't affect me too much. The only thing that I ever forget on a regular basis is whirlfloc. I have started to add a 10-15 minute hop addition, so I add my tab to that baggie.

If I drink 5-6 beers, I've had it for the day.  Especially since I begin brewing between 7-9 Am usually.

Haha... I usually have a stout with breakfast, which happens during the mash. By the time the boil is over, I MIGHT have two more beers in me. Most do get drank after the boil. I don't know. If I'm doing something productive outside of work, I'm usually doing it while having a beer.

I used to be able to do that.  No more.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Drinking while brewing
« on: May 10, 2013, 01:24:13 AM »
seems like a few of you are not very well functioning drunks. Just sayin'.

Yeah, I'm trying to figure this out myself. Brew day is usually 5 to 6 hours....A beer an hour can't hurt you... well at least it doesn't affect me too much. The only thing that I ever forget on a regular basis is whirlfloc. I have started to add a 10-15 minute hop addition, so I add my tab to that baggie.

If I drink 5-6 beers, I've had it for the day.  Especially since I begin brewing between 7-9 Am usually.

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Equipment and Software / PBW
« on: May 10, 2013, 12:37:51 AM »
Yikes, since this post is turning into a glass vs. plastic carboy post, I'll keep it going...

1) is there any health issues with using plastic fermentors? Any discernible tastes of plastic in the beer?
2) Would plastic be a tougher material vs. glass to maintain temps in my Igloo fermentor? (water and ice in an Igloo cooler)


1/  No health issues if you use food grade,ie. LHBS fermenters.  However, a scratch in your bucket can harbor bacteria since plastic is porous. If the plastic takes on a smell that cannot be cleaned away, replace it. I replace a bucket after ~ 8 or 9 batches usually, not always.  I buy 8 gallon plastic wine fermenter buckets for ~ $17(love 'em), and better bottles for beers where I occasionally use a secondary (barleywine, fruit beer,etc).
2/   Not at all.

Ya know, I've heard that bacteria thing or years and I think it's hooey.  Not only have I never had a problem, but I have a hard time imagining bacteria could hide somewhere that PBW and StarSan couldn't get to.

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All Grain Brewing / Mosaic/Martin IPA
« on: May 10, 2013, 12:35:34 AM »
What? I was expecting that there was a hop variety named Martin!

Hey, why not?  There's a yeast named Denny.

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Equipment and Software / IC Water Waste
« on: May 09, 2013, 09:04:10 PM »
I run it into a bucket and use it for cleanup.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing Forum
« on: May 09, 2013, 05:49:34 PM »
I too am unable to get a password.

Check your junk folder.  It appears that the word "experimental" often makes email from the site end up in junk.  If you still don't have it, contact Drew or me.

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Equipment and Software / Re: PBW
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:52:07 PM »
Hot tap water is fine for carboys. My tap water is 110F or so and that worked great when I used carboys. I'd call that hot.

Couple things to consider...

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=10052.5;wap2


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Equipment and Software / Re: PBW
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:49:00 PM »
Shatter issue?

Yep.  Every carboy I have has something like "not for hot liquids" stamped on the bottom.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast re-use
« on: May 09, 2013, 03:22:14 PM »
i have never had a problem. i seem to recall reading that there is a concern of pissing off the yeast a bit if you go from a particularly big beer  (1090ish) down. but i don't know how valid that really is.

I don't think I'd reuse yeast from a 1.090 beer anyway.  The ROT is not to reuse over 1.060.  Being a yeast abuser, I push that ti the low 70s.

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Equipment and Software / Re: PBW
« on: May 09, 2013, 03:13:53 PM »
So no hot water in a glass carboy?

Nope, not recommended.  Nothing more than warm.

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Equipment and Software / Re: PBW
« on: May 09, 2013, 03:09:18 PM »
PBW contains a sufactant that makes it a bit more effective than Oxiclean IMO.  But Oxi works very well.  I find that filling with a couple Tbsp. of either along with hot water (DO NOT use hot water in carboys!) and letting it soak for a couple hours is all it takes.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Starsan temp.
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:28:08 PM »
Because of flavor issues or pH issues?  Seems like any remaining volume would still be diluted out so much that it would have a negligible affect on the pH of your final volume of beer in the fermentation vessel.

So at what mixture do I need to be concerned?

I don't know which or how much.  But Five Star is great about answering questions, so you could email them.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast re-use
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:20:57 PM »
No problem.  I don't know where the idea that you always have to go up in gravity came from.

I think it is simply a practice to go up in gravity and may have gotten misconstrued as a rule?

Yeah, that's what I'd guess.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast re-use
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:09:31 PM »
No problem.  I don't know where the idea that you always have to go up in gravity came from.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lemonade in beer
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:08:21 PM »
This thread has me thinking of an idea I had a while back that I wanted to try. I was thinking of trying to brew a hard lemonade using DME as my sweetener. By using a yeast that doesn't attenuate very well (like a wine yeast) you could keep it from drying out completely but still be able to bottle prime. I'm curious how much lemonade character makes it into the finished beer at this ratio of lemonade to beer.

Do you think you'd get a low pH from the lemonade that would adversely affect the yeast?

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