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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lazy Monk Brewing LLC
« on: February 14, 2011, 07:53:15 AM »
Congrats, Leos!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05...Is One Packet Enough?
« on: February 13, 2011, 02:38:19 PM »
Yeh... wasn't that you?

In Sean's experiment, he brewed all the beer and sent it out to people.

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Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping...
« on: February 13, 2011, 02:36:58 PM »
I've said it before, I'll say it again.  I don't weight hop bags and dry hopping doesn't seem to suffer for it.  I think you guys are doing too much work!  :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how do you make a yeast starter?
« on: February 13, 2011, 02:35:24 PM »

That calculation caught my eye. A ten minute boil is a long time for a small amount of liquid.  I brought a quart of water to a boil in a two-quart saucepan, uncovered the pan, and set the timer, then turned off the flame and poured out the water as soon as ten minutes were reached. The water had lost 50% of its volume.



Very interesting.  I boil for 10 min. also.  I start with 9-10 cups and end up right around 2 qt.  some loss, but nowhere near 50%.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how do you make a yeast starter?
« on: February 13, 2011, 12:20:07 PM »
1.100 is obviously too high for starter gravity wort, but tygo's info is correct...

Agreed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how do you make a yeast starter?
« on: February 13, 2011, 11:10:05 AM »
Always weigh the DME for a starter.  Volume measurements can give widely different weights.

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Yeah, the blue ones go to 11!  ;)

FWIW, I never stir my mash and get mash efficiencies in the 90s.  So I have to admit it seems unnecessary to me.  If you try it, please let us know if you fond any benefits!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Other uses for CO2
« on: February 13, 2011, 10:34:13 AM »
Make sparkling water.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: My first yeast starter - questions!
« on: February 13, 2011, 10:32:39 AM »
should I boil and cool more water then just add it to the existing starter?  How much?

Should I also use more DME?  How much?

Should I spring for another vial of yeast?

You need to use both more DME and more water.  More yeast will be helpful, too.  For the definitive answers, though, please see mrmalty.com.

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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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