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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how do you make a yeast starter?
« on: February 13, 2011, 09:43:58 AM »
For a starter, put 100g of DME in 1L of water (or 200 g in 2L, etc), boil it for 10 minutes or so, add some yeast nutrient if desired.  Chill it down to 70F in a water bath and put it in a suitable container (a sanitized gallon water jug works well).  Pitch your yeast into it and then shake it up.  Then let it ferment out.


That will give you an original gravity near 1.100.  That's a bit high for a yeast starter, isn't it?


About 3-4 times too high!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: My first yeast starter - questions!
« on: February 13, 2011, 08:10:50 AM »
If you're not using a stir plate, I'd recommend making your starter at least 3-4 days in advance. 

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I often wonder what the upper limits of mashing are. I also liked Kai's point (or what I thought I heard was his point) that what people think of as the benefits of mashing-out may really be due to a longer mash. 

I agree, and I also think the temp raise helps, too.


One thing this podcast will inspire me to do is set my timer and stir every 15 minutes.

I haven't listened yet, but I never stir during the mash.  What's the supposed benefit?

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Fred, this one's for you!   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / MOVED: Grain contracts
« on: February 12, 2011, 11:28:22 AM »

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Ingredients / Re: Grain contracts
« on: February 12, 2011, 11:28:00 AM »
Sorry...I accidentally stickied it when I split it off from another discussion.  While I agree it's not really homebrew related, I thought it was somewhat relevant.  I think I'll move it aging to "Ingredients".

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All Grain Brewing / Re: EZ Water Calc 2.0 question
« on: February 12, 2011, 10:04:36 AM »
Does chocolate malt count as a roasted malt for the purposes of inputing an amount of roasted malt in the "Recipe Info" section of EZ Calc 2.0?  I know it's not as roasted as roasted barley.  Does it have a similar effect on pH in similar proportions as roasted barley though?

It's the color, not necessarily the roasting, that matters.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: February 12, 2011, 10:02:18 AM »
I chickened out on the red Converse.

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I've found I get slightly better efficiency and slightly better fermentability by using mashes longer than 60 min.  I admit to never really having tried a shorter than 60 min. mash, though, so there may well be little difference between 40 min. and 60 min.  I use a bit wider temp range than Dave, usually about 1.65 qt./lb. and never stir the mash.  I kinda wish they would have done a longer than 60 min. mash for comparison.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Killing enzymes?
« on: February 11, 2011, 02:44:17 PM »
Ah, "Beer Captured"....there's your problem!

Do tell. I do a couple recipes from it and they're good. What's the beef?

My experience, and that of a lot of others I've talked to, is that's one of the worst books out there.  Glad you've had good luck with it.

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Ingredients / Re: Rhizome Trimming
« on: February 11, 2011, 02:19:11 PM »
On that note, Denny, is the deer fence up?  Cause I am going to send you some rhizomes this year.  Haha.   :'(

Not yet, but hopefully this spring.  Even if it's not, I'll find a place!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Killing enzymes?
« on: February 11, 2011, 10:50:31 AM »
Ah, "Beer Captured"....there's your problem!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:23:46 AM »
obviously your golden tounged eloquence & sartorial splendor was key in making this happen. congrats!

Yeah, obviously....;)

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Ingredients / Re: Rhizome Trimming
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:23:03 AM »
I've had hops growing for over 10 years and I've never trimmed the rhizome.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:11:34 AM »
The bill breezed through the Senate committee.  Even an OLCC rep was there to testify in favor.  By next Thur. it should pass the Senate and move on to the House, where it should go through easily also.

The video archive is here...

http://www.leg.state.or.us/listn/archive/archive.2011s/SBTED-201102101501.ram

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