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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 09, 2015, 03:25:48 PM »
Any reason we shouldn't post the review BJCP style if we're so inclined?

AFAIC no problem-as long as you don't care some of us don't know how to do that  ;D

Edit: im willing to learn if someone posts and example.

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I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you're fermenting in a white plastic bucket, like most of us did at the beginning.  Which means there are other signs of fermentation happening that you can't see.  As long as the wort was cool enough when you pitched the yeast, fermentation will happen.  Since you under pitched by billions of cells, the CO2 just took a while to bubble all the way up to your airlock.

To answer your question: sometimes 2 vials isn't enough.  I just did a started with 2 vials; it totally depends cell counts.  use http://www.yeastcalculator.com/ it's really easy to follow.

As long as you have good sanitation practices, a yeast starter is a really simple step that insures plenty of healthy yeast. 

All that being said, this is beer and math sucks - if you're not confident with making a starter use dry yeast.  There are tons of great dry yeasts out there.

A tip from my own experience of not making a starter - if the bottles don't carbonate after 2 weeks, turn them upside down and store them a 70 degree ish room for a couple of days.  They will carb right up.


Thanks for the yeast calculator.. I didn't know about that.

Thanks everyone else for the input as well. My next batch I'll definitely try doing the yeast starter and going that route.

http://www.brewersfriend.com/yeast-pitch-rate-and-starter-calculator/

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good advice so far. more vials + more $, so if that's what you want... no problems.

might consider just trying a starter, or using dry yeast (although that seems to be increasing in price).

just go to a yeast calc and figure out the estimated started yeast count and desire pitch rate for type of beer and OG. grab some DME and use the amount from the calculator, boil it for about 15 minutes, cool it and put it into any sanitized vessel capable of holding the volume and krausen. cold crash it and decant most the beer, leaving enough just to mix up the yeast cake.  it really is that easy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sanitization
« on: April 09, 2015, 10:23:44 AM »


Lately I've been spritzing my buckets with a bottle. Works well.

I keep some Starsan solution in a PET bottle to pour into my kegs. Pretty much don't make even small buckets of the solution any more.
Any requirement for longer storage in PET?
Not sure but I know in the 1 gal water jugs, it eventually eat a whole and springs a leak....happened a few times already.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sanitization
« on: April 09, 2015, 08:09:35 AM »
i mix a gallon and fill spray bottle as needed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Swap Idea
« on: April 09, 2015, 06:43:52 AM »
I would have a couple ready and would ship if you need participants.

Question though - How would you ship "without any clues as to who you are?"  Isn't there a return address on the shipments?
Yeah, but there has to be at least a dozen guys named Jim in Klickitat. It could be from any of them.

I'm definitely interested in a future swap. I haven't brewed in a while, so I'm going to sit this one out. Unless I find something good in the cellar that I can spare, but I don't think I have anything that fits the bill.

While we're in the discussion phase - do we want this to be beer-only, or is cider and mead ok, too?

IMO if its bottled its open to swap.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 09, 2015, 06:40:51 AM »
My German pils . Magnum, perle, and spalt.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Swap Idea
« on: April 09, 2015, 06:32:07 AM »
i'm in. whats the swap sample - bottle, two......?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New tap handles
« on: April 08, 2015, 06:33:28 PM »
Yes I think so. These are plastic not paper so I can probably peel them off.


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Ingredients / Re: New Hop Question
« on: April 08, 2015, 05:59:02 PM »
I find most hops don't do well as a single hopped IPA. Layering of flavors and aromas is key. Some hops certainly make great single hop IPAs. Mosaic makes an incredible single hops and I find I don't have to over do it with the late additions or dry hops.

I agree.  I like to blend for IPA too, but there are a few that stand alone pretty well, like Mosaic and Equinox. And when that SN single hop Idaho 7 gets to retail, that's another one I'd definitely use alone.

same here. i really like the all mandarina IPA, however i will say i like it more with some cascade, centennial, and or citra.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Repitching Lager Yeast
« on: April 08, 2015, 05:56:38 PM »
I've also used half a cake for lagers several times and had good results. Nowadays (assuming there's a cake available to use) I measure it out per Mr Malty.

+1 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 08, 2015, 05:55:15 PM »
And never exchange a tank for one that has brass fittings that have turned blue.  8)

Who exchanges? I am the proud owner of 2 tanks.

exchange here..that is until i get the natural gas line extended to my brewing area...propane no more.

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Brewing a German Pils this morning.  1.048, 100% Best Pils, WY2124. Decided to blend Mt Hood and Liberty for late hops. Good combo.

nice. brewing german pils 1.052 with wlp835 on saturday. spalt and crystal late with magnum bittering.

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Beer Travel / Re: Drinking my way through the Carribean
« on: April 03, 2015, 03:49:35 PM »
Beautiful islands here. I could get lost and spend a month or two here.

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Beer Travel / Re: Drinking my way through the Carribean
« on: April 03, 2015, 02:10:12 PM »
Great beer.

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