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Ingredients / Re: Deep red color
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:54:09 PM »
how about beet juice?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast for 11B southern English Brown
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:18:47 PM »
Is that strain readily available?

No, it's only available on slant or in lyophilized form from the NCYC.  You will lose interest as soon as you see the  per culture cost.  I plan to add couple of new cultures to my bank over the winter.  I added three new cultures that I have yet to use because I do not play with yeast during the summer due to the fact that I am too darn cheap to purchase a laminar flow hood and SWMBO would make me get rid of something to make room for it.  The cultures that I added were NCYC 1108, Wallerstein Saaz #63B, and Phaff A76.

yup, I lost interest.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Just say "no" to yeast rinsing
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:14:27 PM »
I rinsed ~1 cup of slurry with 2~ cups of autoclaved(15 min at 15PSI in a pressure cooker) water about a week ago.  do you think using this is a bad idea?  Its a first gen slurry.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Buying yeast online
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:48:52 PM »

If I were to do this, what would I ask for? Would a mason jar be a good sample size? How long would that last me?

I would go to the brewery and talk to someone or send an email rather than just showing up with a jar. A pint jar would be more than enough for a 5 gallon batch of ale. I am brewing a lager so I wanted lots. Yeast, kept in the fridge will be good for a couple months although after a couple weeks you are probably better off making a starter anyway. I like to try to pick up my yeast just a few days before I'm going to brew.
What am I asking for, a yeast slurry?

Yeast is a valuable commodity to breweries. id make sure you have a previous relationship with them before cold calling looking for a pitch of yeast.  Some brewers may give it to you, some may not. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:26:38 PM »
Guess i missed that phase memo.  I never bottled with labels., to the point tha ti have had several surprise beers in the past few weeks:D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Buying yeast online
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:22:12 PM »
I've got plenty of bugs that could use a good home :)

Eventually, I'd like to get them to Jeff at Bootleg Biology, but I haven't had the time to plate and separate my mixed culture.

contact yeast bay, they may be interested in having a series of Kylekohlmorgen bugs

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast washing techniques
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:59:57 PM »

When i rinsed a recent pitch i took about a cup of slurry and put it in ~12 oz of autoclaved water.  Its just hanging in my fridge now and about 1/6th of the total jar is slurry.  Worked pretty good.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Buying yeast online
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:54:48 PM »
What gets me is that I can't buy Wyeast local, and several of my favorite strains are WY-only. I think I'm going to have to stash away some 2633 now that I'm brewing more lagers.

I think in this case it would pay for you to invest the 50-60 dollars needed to start a yeast ranch and learn how to autoclave in a stove.  Wyeast doesnt support retail as WL does, so its harder to find fresh Packs.  You are pretty close to me, just send me a message when you are looking for yeast and ill check dates for you and we can figure it out from there.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Buying yeast online
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:51:50 PM »
...It really is a kick in the nads to pay full price for yeast and get packs that are below 50% viability...

Are you measuring viability after receiving the yeast, or just going off of the date and a viability calculator?

I'd be interested to see if the shipping significantly reduces viability.

FWIW - I've always received fresh yeast from MoreBeer and Northern Brewer. I buy two ice packs to go along with it.

I normally pick up a few packs on each order. It really sucks to pay full price + shipping for one yeast pack b/c I forgot to order it.


I am assuming perceived viability according to the date on the pack/vial.  I dont have counting/staining equipment atm so i can only use numbers from others.  To morebeer/fedexs credit the item did indeed come in still cold with 1 ice pack for a 2 day ship, but it still irks me that i got 2 packages of yeast half way towards their expiration date. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Buying yeast online
« on: July 11, 2014, 12:16:35 PM »
Or you can maintain your own yeast bank and break the cycle of dependence!  :)

I agree S, but you need to have a pitch before adding it to your ranch.  I will be adding 2 yeast strains to my newly forming ranch int he next few days.  WLP Plat french Ale and WLP kolsch.

ITs subjective.  Mash time and temp?  Wort OG?  Grain bill?

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning a Blichmann Floor Burner
« on: July 11, 2014, 02:35:54 AM »
Follow up for those tracking this thread closely  ;D...the sticky wort came off quickly with some dish detergent and the hose. One side note, the excess amount of water did something temporarily to the burner. It took quite a while to get all of the burners to flame, I imagine there was water lodged in there.

Take some compressed air or something and blow it out good.  the metal in there is probably unprotected and you could get some corrosion.

Yeast and Fermentation / Buying yeast online
« on: July 11, 2014, 02:32:53 AM »
It sucks.  I am so spoiled working at a HBS where i can just ask the owner to order me a fresh vial of something every week.  We ran out of the yeast i needed over the weekend and didnt place an order this week.  Hard to order a vial and smack pack of Kolsch yeast from one of the better(apparently not) Big box homebrew stores.  It really is a kick in the nads to pay full price for yeast and get packs that are below 50% viability.

The yeast situation IMO reinforces the needed to support local.  Being able to journey to the local HBS and buy fresh yeast is one of the best perks of shopping local. 

/end rant

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Pilot System
« on: July 10, 2014, 11:33:53 PM »
Yup. Rocks.

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