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Equipment and Software / Re: pH meter questions
« on: November 19, 2010, 12:03:45 PM »
What about an Oxiclean/PBW soak for the cap?  Then some StarSan?  Don't know how it would effect the probe if you tried it on that, though.  It might work.

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Equipment and Software / Re: pH meter questions
« on: November 19, 2010, 11:40:36 AM »
What? No one have any ideas about the slime?

Wasn't that a bad horror movie?  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: pH meter questions
« on: November 19, 2010, 11:11:28 AM »
Jay, thanks so much for the personal data point.  I've been really happy with mine so far.  Like you say, the resolution is plenty good enough for my uses.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Immersion Chiller
« on: November 19, 2010, 10:48:03 AM »
And if you ever want to go the HERMS route, the SS would be preferable.

Why is that, Tom?

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The Pub / Re: Feline Chronic Renal Failure
« on: November 19, 2010, 09:28:35 AM »
Drew, I know how much you care for your cats.  I'm really sorry to hear this.  I don't have any info for you, but here's hoping you can find things that will extend your cat's time as much as possible.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I feel guilty
« on: November 18, 2010, 03:28:18 PM »
The local distributor basically called me a thief.  I wont deal with them.

Now he's just being silly.  If you were a thief, why would you be going out of your way to return it?

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Jay, please understand I wasn't taking offense and I apologize if it came off that way.  And I totally agree that it's the quality of the end product that defines "proper brewing".  That's what I was getting at, and wanted to hear your definition.  For me, I can't always say that aging is the key to the best beer....but I'm certainly not saying that aging can't improve some beers, either.

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I'm definitely skeptical of brewers who seem too lazy to brew properly.

My motto is "The best beer possible with the least work possible while having the most fun possible".  But I'm curious about how you define "brew properly"?  What is "proper brewing"?  Who defines it?  Why doesn't that definition differ from person to person?

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The Pub / Re: Wife and Homebrew?
« on: November 18, 2010, 11:16:19 AM »
Much in the same way that I constantly try to work the phrase "cock ale" into everyday conversation.

I wish somebody had told me it referred to a chicken _before_ I tried making it!   ;D

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I've often thought that the pro brewers are paranoid about yeast autolysis more than homebrewers possibly because the amount of pressure on the cone of a tall cylindroconical fermenter is greater than what you would find in a bucket or a carboy.  Do you guys think there's anything to that theory?  That pressure on the yeast accelerates autolysis?

I agree, and if you look at Palmer's answer in Ask the Experts, so does he.

I just read that answer twice and don't see anything about pressure mentioned.  I guess I missed something.

I must have missed something, Jeff!  I was sure that was in there.  Now I've got to figure out where I read it.  But I still personally agree with your hypothesis.

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I've often thought that the pro brewers are paranoid about yeast autolysis more than homebrewers possibly because the amount of pressure on the cone of a tall cylindroconical fermenter is greater than what you would find in a bucket or a carboy.  Do you guys think there's anything to that theory?  That pressure on the yeast accelerates autolysis?

I agree, and if you look at Palmer's answer in Ask the Experts, so does he.

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If you're an AHA member you can read what John Palmer has to say about it in the Ask the Experts section of the AHA website.  In a nutshell, here's his take...

"Therefore I, and Jamil and White Labs and Wyeast Labs, do not recommend racking to a secondary fermenter for ANY ale, except when conducting an actual second fermentation, such as adding fruit or souring."

For more info, check his entire answer.

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Ingredients / Re: Antifoam 100 from these guys
« on: November 17, 2010, 04:25:21 PM »
Thanks for that, Bob.  Do you see any useful info in there?  Nothing about the composition of it hit me.

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The Pub / Re: Wife and Homebrew?
« on: November 17, 2010, 04:21:17 PM »
My wife bought me my original homebrewing kit and has always been a huge supporter.  As an example...we're working on a bathroom remodel.  She wanted to get a custom made fused glass sink.  Very arty, very expensive...so expensive that I didn't ask how much.  If that's what she wants, that's what she deserves.  She brought home the prototype and I was astounded to see that she'd had the artist make glass hop leaves and cones and set them into the sink!  WOW!!!!

Cool!  Post some pictures for us when you can.

Will do!

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