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Yeast and Fermentation / Fast Pitch
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:20:45 AM »
http://www.northernbrewer.com/fast-pitch-canned-wort-4-pack

I have a hard time believing that this stuff is legit. If it is, can anybody confirm? I like to save time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: plastic fermenters
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:16:18 AM »
Are we cleaning our plastic fermenters with swords? How are we getting these gouges and scratches? Let's correct the source of the problem instead of blaming plastics. If you are getting scratches and gouges in your plastics due to cleaning, you need to rethink your cleaning regimen.

I used a standard bottle brush on my first Better Bottle.  You can see where it was scrubbed, but there are no gouges.

It still functions perfectly well as a fermenter.  I take care to be sure it's well cleaned and sanitized, but nothing much beyond what I would do anyway.

I have enough others that I can keep the old one in reserve.  Years ago I had two batches that got infected.  When I tried to isolate the cause there were enough other batches that went through that fermenter and didn't get infected that I could rule out the fermenter as the problem.

Yeah. I soak mine in Oxiclean for a few days, then hit them with a "red" bottle brush, which is designed for plastics. Occasionally, I'll ball a wash rag up, shove it in the carboy, and shake it all about when I get stubborn debris. Usually a nice long soak does the trick.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: plastic fermenters
« on: May 09, 2016, 09:59:25 AM »
Are we cleaning our plastic fermenters with swords? How are we getting these gouges and scratches? Let's correct the source of the problem instead of blaming plastics. If you are getting scratches and gouges in your plastics due to cleaning, you need to rethink your cleaning regimen.

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Packaging now Amanda. Ship out Monday .



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Well, aren't you a fancy packer... Mine never ends up that pretty. Nice job!

Repurposing another Brewers packaging as sent to me...I'm typically bubble wrap all to hell and back.

Well, this beautiful package job found it's way back to Ohio via AmandaK. I'll be hanging onto it for my next beer shipment. It should be interesting to see how many times this gets shipped back and forth across the country.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: plastic fermenters
« on: May 08, 2016, 08:41:37 AM »
I use only plastic. I've not dealt with infection from the fermenter. In addition, I'd rather have an infected beer than a sliced wrist from a broken glass carboy.

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Ingredients / Re: briess 2 row on sale at amazon
« on: May 08, 2016, 04:19:11 AM »
Briess is the only American pale malt that I can get remotely local. Therefore it's the best base malt I've ever had!  :P

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Amanda's goodies arrived today! Two versions of her Gooaaalden sour, a cyser, a bottle of her Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebraska Sexy Betty, Crane Orange Gose, and a pound of Simpsons new double roasted malt.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 06, 2016, 06:57:14 AM »
A few of the very tasty beers I received from fmader recently :

A delicious Breakfast Stout (a la Founders)





A tasty Quad with pureed dark fruits





And a well made American Barleywine





EDIT -  Really nice work, Frank. Thanks again!

Thanks, Jon! I'm glad you enjoyed!

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Ingredients / Re: briess 2 row on sale at amazon
« on: May 04, 2016, 07:06:50 PM »
Lol the price is now $24.43.

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Ingredients / Re: briess 2 row on sale at amazon
« on: May 04, 2016, 07:02:51 PM »
This is a pretty solid deal.... I'm just weary on the freshness. I don't get too bent out of shape over malt freshness. I usually buy a couple hundred pounds of base malt at a time when I find it on sale. This usually lasts me the year. I just wonder if this has been sitting around in a warehouse for a couple of years. You'll have to let us know!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Pale Ale - help required with hop schedule
« on: May 04, 2016, 06:43:03 AM »
One last bit of advice sought. Planning on brewing this, this weekend, but have realised that I don't have any Maris Otter.  I do have a lot of Dingemanns pale ale malt.  Do you think I could get away with substituting this, or is it a trip to the home brew shop for the real thing?

I think that would be fine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping beer WTF
« on: May 03, 2016, 05:29:46 PM »
No one from either UPS or FedEx has ever asked me what was inside, they just basically let me drop off the package and move on.  The answer I always have prepared just in case is "food samples for analysis", but on second thought that's probably still a little suspicious.  How about "non-perishable food in glass containers".  Now that's being honest without being suspicious!

I always leave out any reference to "beer" in the address.
For example, Craft Beer Cellars becomes Craft Cellars, New England Regional Homebrew Competition becomes NERHBC, etc.
The folks at the local UPS drop-off location don't ask, I don't tell.

Great points -- I began doing this as well in recent history.

I don't even say that I have glass containers. That raises more suspicion. I think that we all pack our boxes well enough that they can be dropped off the Empire State Builiding. I think I just shipped 7 bottles in a box that was 24"x16"x10 (round about). It was loaded with bubble wrap and paper packing. Yeah, I even though it was a bit crazy over kill. Yeah, the one I got in the mail in return, was just about the same size.  I don't even say the package is fragile. I really don't think it makes a difference.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Pale ale recipe idea
« on: May 03, 2016, 10:59:40 AM »
I've actually never used nugget as a flavor/aroma hop. I'm interested in how that works out. FWIW, I've cut my sulfates back to 125-150ish in my APAs and IPAs. Also, I know you said 2 oz of each to dry hop, but in your recipe, you have 4 oz each.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping beer WTF
« on: May 02, 2016, 03:09:09 PM »
Not sure if this is the right location for this post, but I need to rant.  I'm entering my first beer competition (Upcup at Upland Brewery) and was led to believe UPS and FEDEX will ship your beer.  WRONG! 
Both UPS and FEDEX require a written agreement policy for you to ship with them, BUT, you have to be licenses to to do so????  I don't understand since the beer is going to a brewery which we all know makes beer and everyone is 21 and up.  So frustrating. I can lie, which I did, to be able to ship my beer. Anything to reduce there deny ability and reliability.
From now on I will be shipping olive oil, yeast product, or snow globes.

I shipped "wood working crafts" last week. Don't say it's a yeast product.

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Ingredients / Re: COffe question
« on: May 02, 2016, 05:07:19 AM »
On a side note... How is that San Diego super yeast?

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