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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Expiration Date Dry Yeast
« on: December 17, 2016, 04:45:35 PM »
BTW, I did have them stored in a refrigerator.

Yeast and Fermentation / Expiration Date Dry Yeast
« on: December 17, 2016, 04:43:48 PM »
I have about a dozen Lallemand Windsor and Munich dry yeast. The expiration date on the packages are either 12/2013 (3 years past) or 01/2015 (about 2 years past). Are these yeast still usable? For your information, I did not plan to use them in the near future. Thank you in advance for your input.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mailing again
« on: November 08, 2016, 06:23:47 PM »
UPS (I bet Fedex does this too) has a website where you can make the label and pay on line. Then you drop it off without telling them anything. By the way, I haven't been asked, yet.

Equipment and Software / Re: pH monitor
« on: November 08, 2016, 01:37:48 AM »
I use PH Checker by Hanna Instruments. I have to calibrate it periodically and replace the probe about every 1.5 years. But, I am happy with it.
Hope this helps.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Origin of Wyeast 3822
« on: November 08, 2016, 01:35:34 AM »
Have you tried contacting Wyeast with your question? I bet they are willing to assist.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 State of the Podcast Survey
« on: November 02, 2016, 11:09:31 PM »
Thanks for posting and thanks for all you do to make us better home brewers.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Input requested on homebrew club meetings and events
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:00:12 AM »
If your goal is to continue to grow the club then you may want to think about doing more visible events like a group brew day at a LHBS where potential new members are plentiful or group brewery tours because some pro brewers also homebrew and may be interested in joining.
We are doing an event on "Learn to Homebrew Day" on November 5

Equipment and Software / Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
« on: October 19, 2016, 05:06:46 PM »
I brew in my garage. But, I store my equipment in my basement. I have 2 portables shelves and a pallet. I usually move what I need to the garage the night before. Hope this helps.

Ingredients / Re: When do you add honey?
« on: October 09, 2016, 07:38:07 PM »
I add it to the primary when fermentation slows down.

I think this is a good name for a bluegrass tune. Just saying.
Or polka!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: local flabby and banana ridden saisons
« on: September 27, 2016, 05:24:54 PM »
A few local breweries have saison offerings and both of them miss the mark... by quite a lot, IMO. I asked the assistant brewer of one what yeast they were using and he mentioned a mix of saison and wit yeasts. That might explain the overriding banana I get out of theirs which I consider a fault in a saison. The other brewery has one that is not sharp/dry at all - just a flabby and sweet mess in which the dry hopping does nothing to cover the mistakes.

Is this the norm or am I just having bad luck with local saisons?

On the first one, if they used a mix of saison and wit yeast, and you get mostly banana flavor, they shouldn't call it a saison. Or, at least indicate they used two different yeast on their menu.
On the second one, saison are highly attenuated and dry. My last one had a final gravity around 1.002. So it shouldn't be sweet at all. Or, at least have very little sweetness. It looks like that beer stalled in the fermentation and they didn't raise the temperature to help it finish. Saison yeast can be fickle that way. Perhaps you can ask them if that is what has happened.
Well, that's just my opinion. I hope it helps.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is your brew day?
« on: September 26, 2016, 12:52:25 PM »
5 hours from start to end of clean up.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing today after a year off.
« on: September 18, 2016, 05:01:28 PM »
Good luck and God bless. Action is a good thing to do to get out of a funk. Please let us know how it went.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: No more bubbles
« on: September 13, 2016, 11:50:19 PM »
+1. Welcome! This is a great place to post questions.

Beer Recipes / Re: Shut up about Barclay Perkins 1923 Courage Stout
« on: August 30, 2016, 12:33:50 PM »
I haven't brewed that one. I have brewed several from his book with success using black patent. Have you tried contacting Mr. Pattinson? He has been prompt when I have contacted him with questions.
Hope this helps.

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