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The Pub / Re: Natural Born Losers
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:09:42 AM »
The other thing I should have mentioned is this particular person ruined 12K+ worth of beer on Monday by trying to clean a tank that had beer in it.

And he works for you, present tense?  Does he have incriminating photos of you?

My thought exactly.  Bye bye.

All Things Food / Re: Really?
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:22:08 PM »
Reminds me of an instruction sheet for assembling something made in Japan: Apparently they were trying to be clever and instead of using the verb 'screw,' they found a synonym from an unabridged source.  Hilarious!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: First time keger question
« on: August 21, 2014, 11:27:51 AM »
Yes.  This is what I do.  Be sure to disassemble your quick disconnects, posts... everything that can come apart.  Also if you don't have one, get a long tube-brush for your beverage-out tube.  Don't leave anywhere for debris to hide, then flush with Star San.

The Pub / Re: Seriously?
« on: August 15, 2014, 09:45:08 AM »
That would suck on a bike.

Yeah.  Time to get off when you see that coming!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenter
« on: August 10, 2014, 08:04:48 AM »
I started with buckets, lately I switched to Spiedel 30L fermenters.

+1 to the Speidel fermenters. 

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle's best IPA's
« on: August 08, 2014, 09:58:43 AM »
Georgetown Brewing's Lucille.

There are two main brewery districts in Seattle: SoDo (South of Downtown) which is where you'll find Georgetown, and Ballard which is North of downtown.  Ballard has more breweries and in closer proximity to each other.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy National IPA Day!
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:19:15 PM »
I just finished my brew day brewing an IPA.  I didn't know it was IPA Day this morning when I started, so that is very cool!

I'll definitely expect my next brew day to be Stout Day.

Going Pro / Re: Consistency
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:15:51 AM »
One thing I will say is that, if you have a new local brewery and they are producing decent - maybe not great, but decent - beer, cut them some slack. Maybe the clarity or carbonation is off. Maybe the consistency is different from batch to batch. Give them time to dial it in. It may take a couple years even.

I also agree with this.  I have no problem drinking beer that is not exactly the same each time.  The reason I asked the question though is that it is easily the most common issue I hear talked about in professional beer circles. 

One very successful brewer whom many of you know once said that to have a commercially successful brewery does not require making good beer, just consistent beer.  Locally I have asked bar owners why they don't carry "X" beer - consistency issues is always the answer.  I was being given a tour at a new 30bbl brewery prior to their opening and was told they have an empty room they call their lab so that the distributors will put their minds at rest about consistency issues.  I could go on listing individual experiences, but you get the idea.

When I hear a theme so dominant (even if it is just in my experience) I want to sort it out.

Going Pro / Re: Consistency
« on: August 06, 2014, 11:40:49 AM »
So I'm gathering that it is not a matter of having a lab and testing/adjusting variables - that it is more about knowing your system and scrupulously following a recipe.  yes?

Yeast and Fermentation / Repitching slurry
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:10:46 AM »
It seems I am a little tardy in my research.  I brewed an IPA with Wyeast 1968 on June 5.  I collected the yeast from my conical by discarding the first hard packed yeast, then collecting about 1.5 cups of what came out next.  I then put it in a sanitized Mason jar and stored it in the fridge.

That is only 2 months but Mr. Malty has my viability at 10%.  I brew tomorrow.  How would you handle this?

Here is the slurry:

(I would imbed the pic but that button hasn't worked for me for some time)

Going Pro / Consistency
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:55:35 AM »
This is a topic I am curious about.  I keep hearing about and experiencing the tendency for small breweries to produce an inconsistent product.  What I never hear is why. What do small breweries not have or do which contributes to their beer being inconsistent?

Questions about the forum? / Re: Certificate error
« on: August 04, 2014, 07:39:47 AM »
I just figured the problem out.  The error was on my computer.  The internal calendar and clock were somehow set back to 2013!  Weird.

Questions about the forum? / Certificate error
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:30:29 AM »
Today I got the message that the certificate for the form was expired.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichman Hop Rocket
« on: July 29, 2014, 02:36:31 PM »
Did you use pellets?

No pellets.  100% whole hop.

I like the idea of recirculating for ambit prior to chilling.  I may have to give that a try!

Equipment and Software / Blichman Hop Rocket
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:56:05 PM »
I've owned my hop rocket for about a year and never used it.  Primarily because I didn't want to deal with scaling my recipe to account for the loss.  Anyway, I brewed a Black Brett IPA on Saturday and decided it was time to use it.

It will likely be the last time also for one reason: endless amounts of hop material in my plate chiller.  Other than that it worked as advertised.  I'll probably sell it.  I don't think it will work as a Randalizer either - I imaging keg quick disconnects would be constantly plugged.

So if you plan to use one, use an immersion chiller, or plan on LOTS of back flushing.  And yes, I used whole hops.

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