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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Brink
« on: January 28, 2017, 09:03:43 AM »
I'm pretty basic with mason jars in the fridge. Like Jim, I've done pretty much every variant.

These days when I buy a new strain I like to make a starter larger than what I need for the first batch and send the extra portion to a mason jar so I have a clean slurry. I may or may not harvest slurry from batches of beer. I can always make a starter out of the clean slurry and repeat the process so there's always clean slurry in the fridge and healthy yeast going into beer.

I have some mixed cultures as well. These stay in mason jars in the fridge as well. Periodically I take them out, pour off some of the liquid and add a little fresh wort. I'll leave it at room temperature for a day or two with the lid loose. Then I seal it up and put it back in the fridge.

You could easily take a recipe for an English brown or porter in that range and ferment it with a Belgian strain. You could sub in a little special B or dark syrup if you want but neither are necessary.

Beer Recipes / Re: NE IPA Recipes
« on: January 27, 2017, 09:00:55 AM »
Have you looked at your water profile for that beer?

Going Pro / Re: Raising Funds for Startup Brewery
« on: January 26, 2017, 09:27:07 AM »
If you are a member of the AHA, you can access the 2015 seminar "Panel: Taking Homebrewing to the Pro Level, From Concept and Design Through Opening" and the 2014 seminar "Top 10 Legal Mistakes Start-Up Breweries Make" which both discuss raising funds legally.  There are also books on going pro that most likely discuss raising funds legally.

Can't stress agreement with this enough. You can get yourself and your business into an enormous amount of problems soliciting investments unlawfully.

Wood/Casks / Re: Care for New Bourbon Barrel
« on: January 24, 2017, 12:28:36 PM »
Depends in part upon how recent the barrel was dumped. The longer it goes the more likely it needs to be rehydrated to seal water-tight.

Equipment and Software / Re: Improved Refractometer Correction calculator
« on: January 21, 2017, 11:14:02 AM »
I refuse to think that much about math on a Saturday morning and quite frankly you are an awful person for trying to make me do it.  >:(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping
« on: January 21, 2017, 10:52:54 AM »
To really purge you should try and put a vacuum on your yeast brink. Do a triple cycle of vac/purge. It will get your DO levels even lower.

Will a Hoover work or do I need something more expensive?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:41:44 AM »
I'm amazed how many brew small

It's not the size it's how you brew it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Honing Your Skills
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:39:04 AM »
I agree I'm still relatively new to home brewing and in the beginning i struggled with all the info and which techniques to use. I would of loved to have a brewing basics book in the beginning.

Isn't this covered by How to Brew or Joy of Homebrewing?

IMO even Gordon Strong's book works as a good intro to all grain brewing.

Ingredients / Re: Pot Brownie
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:35:56 AM »
I thought this was really going to be about pot brownies. Now that it is legal it's an interesting question wether or not it violates our rule about talking about illegal activities. I suppose not as long as you are in a state where it's legal.

It's still illegal by federal law even if the presently-leaving president chose not to enforce it in states that legalized it. Without turning this discussion political, we don't know how the new president will address that issue. Even if he choose not to enforce federal law on the subject, it's still illegal.

Beer Recipes / Re: Going to try my hand at IPL
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:33:12 AM »
I think these hoppy lagers excel with a mix of new world and old world hops.

The Pub / Re: IPA Ginger Boiler Maker
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:26:15 AM »
No not blended in the bottle...  ttb problem. I'm talking pint of piney/citrus IPA with a shot dropped in

I know I am just being a jerk; although there are some gin barrel aged IPAs out there.

The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:24:41 AM »
I've had Toto - Africa stuck in my head off and on for about a week.

I never need to hear that again. I'm not sure I needed to hear it in the first place.

If I didn't have to worry about cash I'd brew only sour beer and mixed fermentation farmhouse beers. I'd probably have 5-6 staples and then do some seasonal releases. I'd bottle a lot of the beer and make vintages available in limited quantities on site so people would have more variety.

If I had to worry about making money first I'd start out selling canned hazy IPA to bankroll the sour and farmhouse production.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Contest
« on: January 19, 2017, 11:27:03 AM »
A neutral yeast strain would probably be a safe bet. You could taste the wort after you get it to make some decisions about dry hopping or adding other ingredients post-fermentation. I wouldn't commit to buying hops until you know what you're making.

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