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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: August 01, 2016, 08:10:42 AM »
I have always wondered about oxidation when adding gelatin to my kegs, but I just add it as slowly as I can. I purge it right away with C02 though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: You might just be a homebrewer if...
« on: April 21, 2016, 04:28:56 AM »
When you walk around Home Depot, most of the things you see may be handy in the brewery.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: March 26, 2016, 04:40:21 AM »
Must be nice to get fresh yeast. I can only buy yeast online and the freshest one I ever got was 3 weeks old. That was once in 10 years. The average time is at least 60 days and I received one that was over 90 days old. I guess living in Canada is the reason. White Labs should build a lab in Toronto.

I set my alarm at 4 am. I try to get the mash going before my wife gets up at 5:30 to go to work. After that, time means nothing. Never brew on a weekend though.

Since I brew a lot of Pilsners, I do get a lot of info to make better lagers from the German site. I did read some of the arguments, but didn't get involved. They take their brewing seriously for sure.

I bought my 14 g conical in 2005. I rarely use carboys anymore. Re-using yeast is easy and quick. I like using C02 to transfer to my kegs too. I use a thermowell in a stopper, so sampling is a little difficult but not impossible. All in all, my best investment I have ever made.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: experiences with mauribrew 514?
« on: February 27, 2016, 04:06:43 AM »
Yes. The last time I used it my FG was 1.020. I too bought a brick and tossed it. That was 10 years ago, so I assume nothing has changed?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Buying gain in bulk (Sack)
« on: February 08, 2016, 04:34:53 AM »
Our local malting company closed down. United Canada Malt. The rail service stopped and trucking is too expensive.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Buying gain in bulk (Sack)
« on: February 05, 2016, 05:00:54 AM »
Is there a local or maybe not so local homebrew club near you? Some do a group buys of grains once or twice a year.

All Grain Brewing / Re: personal experience with old malt
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:59:04 AM »
I have 3 bags of Weyermann Bohemian Pils malt dated best before Oct. 15/2015. It is still fine. My basement isn't that cool in the summer and I was kind of worried how it would affect my beer. I did buy a few bags too many in our group buy, but everything seems to be fine as far as I can tell. I should invest in some of those gamma pails.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: diacetyl in lagers
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:53:30 AM »
I brew a lot of Pilsners and diacetyl is not acceptable at all. I have had a few lagers from Craft breweries here in Ontario that had diacetyl. I do get it the odd time, but mostly it is absent. Diacetyl from professional breweries? Unacceptable. I do use the Brylosophy method when I make lagers and it seems to work for me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Not clear beer
« on: January 27, 2016, 04:26:13 AM »
I have 4 brew sessions planned weekly starting this Friday. This time of year it is cool enough to ferment on my bench in the basement.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kolsch glass source (stang)
« on: January 15, 2016, 05:51:15 AM »
I am from Canada and can't seem to find the tray that holds Kolsch glasses at a reasonable price. I think it is called a Kranz?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 Smells Like Bread Yeast
« on: January 07, 2016, 05:14:12 AM »
I just kegged a Blonde Ale and rinsed my carboy into a pail. As I cleaned the carboy, I noticed a strong bready smell. I don't think I have gotten a strong bread like smell from this yeast before. The only thing I can think of is it was a Blonde Ale and not a stout, brown ale, and an AIPA I brewed last month.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: January 07, 2016, 04:59:22 AM »
I write everything down and my time to do it. However, I do forget so I use the timer on my tablet which has multiple timers to use.

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