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Beer Travel / Re: Kenai, AK
« on: February 21, 2014, 11:14:25 AM »
I was kind of surprised.  There are about 11 hours of light here now.  Wednesday we drove the 1.5 hours to Homer for dinner and a stop at the Homer Brewing Co.  The beer was good but not inspired. 

Yesterday at Kassik's was really good, very interesting beer.  Especially their Chocolate White Ale, but their Morning Wood IPA was excellent as well.

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Beer Travel / Kenai, AK
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:08:41 AM »
I really like Alaska in general, and Kenai in particular.  If you make it here do check out the local brewery, Kassik's.  Unfortunately, the best bar in town is the worst beer bar.  All of their beer on tap is way under carbonated and awful.  But the place is hopping.  So I drink bottled beer while I smoke my cigar.  Tomorrow Soldotna, and two more breweries.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing Appliance survey
« on: February 20, 2014, 01:56:13 PM »
Not exactly a 'short' survey.  Almost bailed on it.  It also is quite leading in terms of automating the brewing process.  To the OP, in my opinion the logical end result of automating the brewing process is going to the store and buying the beer you want.  Those that want to brew their own usually like the process.  But that is just my opinion.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Purposely stressing yeast
« on: February 20, 2014, 01:37:23 PM »
I didn't want to hijack Jim's thread on oxygenating wort so I thought I'd start a new thread specifically on when it is good to purposely stress yeast.  I have been oxygenating my wort every time; 1 liter for normal gravity beers and 2 liters for big beers. 

In the thread started by Jim, people have mentioned that for certain beers they don't oxygenate because they are looking for increased ester production.  I am looking for a new tool for my brewing practice, so what beers are best without oxygen added, and are there other ways of stressing yeast (under-pitching?) that are useful in specific circumstances?  If so, what styles and how do you stress the yeast successfully?

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Equipment and Software / Cheap heater
« on: February 17, 2014, 10:59:41 PM »
Yesterday was the inaugural run for my new conical and the upright freezer it sits in.  It was obvious that the Fermwrap I had been using with my other setup was just not up to the task.  It took hours to raise the temperature a couple of degrees.  So I went shopping for a better way to heat the inside of the freezer.

What I decided on was a $15 hair dryer.  It works great.  Plenty of heat, and it circulates the air very well.  I mounted it so it sits below the center of the conical pointing up.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Starting with RO Water and adjusting from there
« on: February 17, 2014, 10:32:29 AM »
I always brew with 100% RO water, and use Brun' Water.  What with the chlorine and changing sources during the year I figured it would be best.  Sometimes it is a bit of a pain getting all the water I need into the HLT if I start too late.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 2/16/14
« on: February 16, 2014, 01:50:54 PM »
St. Dimitri of Rostov, Russian Imperial Stout.  In about an hour.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Another band-aid off flavor post
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:21:37 PM »
My first thought is Chlorine.  You say the level is low, but...

What are you fermenting in?  Some plastics will leach.  Over hot sparging may do it too.  But I personally would try filtering the RO Water through a charcoal filter first.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just Add Water
« on: February 13, 2014, 06:33:23 PM »
Naturally carbonated.  Like bottle conditioned.  Emphasis on the 'Live Beer' statement which would garner some important support in England and beyond.  I really like the idea.  This would be so easy to start a business doing its laughable.  LME, hop extract, and a packet of dry yeast in a bag.  Genius.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just Add Water
« on: February 13, 2014, 04:05:35 PM »
Wow.  And why not?  that is sure going to be bad news for the couple of 'brewing appliances' being developed.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentor/temp control equip
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:48:48 AM »
Yes, those glass front wine coolers are pretty sweet. I took a Better Bottle to Home Depot and tried them out before I bought them.

Ha ha!  I did that with my new conical.  Walked into Sears to test it in the upright freezers.  Yes I got some strange looks.

Those looks made me blush.
Ya but tell them about the looks you got when you brought it into Victoria's Secret.

;-)

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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2014
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:38:47 AM »
The only thing I am sure of is that the Mariners will not be a contender.  Their target seems to be a .499 season.  Deep sigh.

We need new ownership.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentor/temp control equip
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:26:52 AM »
Yes, those glass front wine coolers are pretty sweet. I took a Better Bottle to Home Depot and tried them out before I bought them.

Ha ha!  I did that with my new conical.  Walked into Sears to test it in the upright freezers.  Yes I got some strange looks.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter, multiple packs
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:40:17 AM »
Supernatant is a fairly common word in yeast management.

I would really like to job shadow that position for a while!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter, multiple packs
« on: February 09, 2014, 04:53:57 PM »
Wow.  Supernatant.  I'm a bit of a word guy, and I haven't heard of that one.  I guess it just goes to show that I'm not a scientist.  It does seem like a good idea but I am running out of time.  I'll get started tonight.  Thanks for the input!

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