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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Nutrient
« on: December 05, 2011, 09:40:07 AM »
I am pretty sure it was a typo but there is a technique, not much held by homebrewers anymore as far as I know, that involves putting olive oil in the starter to provide the yeast with lipids. This allows you to lessen or even skip the aieration step and supposedly increases shelf life. I beleive some large scale pro brewers do use this as it closes up a quality loss door in long term storage/transporation.

AFAIK, no commercial breweries are actually doing this.  My understanding is that results of the study at New Belgium found a shorter shelf life.  If anyone knows differently, please correct me.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Nutrient
« on: December 05, 2011, 09:37:50 AM »
I oil my starters for 10 min.

It took me a second before I realized it was a typo. At first I thought it was some new technique with which I wasn't aware.  :)

Thanks for pointing that out!  Wouldn't want anyone to think I was talking about olive oil.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Nutrient
« on: December 04, 2011, 09:42:58 AM »
I have no idea if the DAP caused the darkening, or if the darkening matters at all.  I use Wyeast yeast nutrient in both my starters and the kettle.  I boil my starters for 10 min. with nutrient in the whole time.  In the kettle I use 1/2 tsp. for the last 10 min. per instructions.

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Pimp My System / Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
« on: December 04, 2011, 07:25:15 AM »
Congrats, Chris!  It's hard for me to call that a "shed"!

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Way to go.  I vote for posting the recipe too.

Put it in the wiki!

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My wife is out of town for 6 days and I'm off work for most of that time.  After that I work for about 2 weeks straight without a day off.  I think I'll try to get in a couple batches of something this week.

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Pimp My System / Re: My Home-Brewhouse Build
« on: December 02, 2011, 01:47:28 PM »
Paul, I like the way you thought things through.  I'm jealous!

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: December 02, 2011, 09:25:36 AM »
Is the Mixstir powerful enough to get a whirlpool going in the kettle ( 10 gal ) or would a paint stirrer be more appropriate for this?

Either would work well.

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The Pub / Re: iro·ny
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:52:07 AM »
STOO-PID

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Not Digging This Pumpkin Ale.
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:06:51 AM »
I agree, There are some good ones out there.

Like many things, I don't think it's so much "good or bad" as "it doesn't work for me".

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: December 01, 2011, 09:44:30 AM »
How does that mixstir get the O2 in the wort?
Unless you have to splash a lot.
And do you have trouble with the foam up?

It pulls surrounding O2 into the wort.  And foam up is not a problem.  I run it until the fermenter is full of foam.

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: December 01, 2011, 09:43:29 AM »
I have the stainless steel shafted mix stir, it's pretty sweet.  I had some problems with it wobbling like crazy and figured out that the blades were coming lose enough to not hold the positions they're supposed to stay in.  So I tightened them up and that fixed the problem.  My drill isn't super high rev, so it doesn't whip up a huge amount of foam after several minutes.  Not sure if that's bad or not. Thoughts?

It's the results that count.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Underground wort piping
« on: December 01, 2011, 09:39:43 AM »
Taks a look at what it costs to develop 4-6 Kw of solar power.

You might want to clue Sierra Nevada in....

http://www.sierranevada.com/environment.html

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Not Digging This Pumpkin Ale.
« on: December 01, 2011, 09:30:58 AM »
I don't like any pumpkin beer. They can just about all be poured down the drain. Pie yes. beer no. Plain and simple.

I'm with ya, buddy.

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:15:05 PM »
Would you recommend using the Mixstir in a Better Bottle, as long as you don't whack the sides with it?

I just broke my aeration stone the other day trying to disconnect it from the tubing so the timing of this thread is perfect.

Seems like that ought to work.

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