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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stuff I'm finding under the microscope
« on: January 12, 2010, 10:48:12 AM »
I think if we knew what we inhaled and ingested daily on a microscopic level, we would all change our ways.

Not to mention the fact of what we sleep with....  :o

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stuff I'm finding under the microscope
« on: January 12, 2010, 10:44:45 AM »

Here's a Fuller's yeast sample.

and some Brettanomyces. In most beer styles, Brettanomyces is viewed as a contaminant and the characteristics it imparts are considered unwelcome "off-flavors". However, in some styles, particularly certain traditional Belgian ales, it is appreciated and encouraged

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stuff I'm finding under the microscope
« on: January 12, 2010, 10:32:29 AM »
I'm suddenly feeling nautious while I'm sitting here eating my lunch. Thanks Kai!  :o  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Open Fermentation vs Closed Fermentation
« on: January 12, 2010, 07:46:49 AM »
I'm no expert on open fermentation and frankly it kind of scares me, but apparently it is happening everyday in breweries around the world as this picture shows.

A true top-cropping ale yeast in an open fermentor at Brewery Ommegang

I beleive the krausen layer on top somewhat protects the fermenting beer from the detrimental effects of oxidation during the process.

Beer Recipes / Re: Hi gravity favorites
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:55:37 AM »
I'm getting ready to brew a Barleywine, maybe this weekend. I am going to use US-05. I really liked my last recipe using all Centennial and Cascade. I am going to use Zuess, Centennial and Cascade for a total of about 90 IBU's in this recipe. The grain bill for 5 gallons consists of:

Amount Item Type % or IBU
20.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (3.5 SRM) Grain 78.43 %
3.00 lb Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 11.76 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 3.92 %
1.00 lb Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 3.92 %
0.50 lb Caramunich Malt (56.0 SRM) Grain 1.96 %

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recipe ownership?
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:46:06 AM »
I beleive credit should be given wher credit is due even if the recipe was inspired by another brewer. Unfortunately, I don't think it happens very much.

Beer Recipes / Re: Hi gravity favorites
« on: January 11, 2010, 12:47:31 PM »
Samichlaus comes to mind as the "Worlds strongest Lager". I haven't tried it, but it's on the list. Also Dogfish Head 240, which is very hard to find.

High gravity is a relative term. Depends on your definition.

The Pub / Re: vertical tasting
« on: January 11, 2010, 10:47:46 AM »
mmm... Barleywine tasting. Sounds good. I tried the 2008 Bigfoot and it was great. I think I like my recipe better though. Better take a cab Denny.  ;D

The Pub / Re: How appropriate is this
« on: January 11, 2010, 10:41:14 AM »
Where's Weazeltoe? He would get a kick out of this.  8)

Looks like it would be alot of fun to brew with that system.

Pimp My System / Re: I give you THE BEAST
« on: January 11, 2010, 10:37:00 AM »
Very Nice. Where did you get the chiller or did you make it yourself?

Planning to do a Barleywine next weekend. This weekend I was sniffing air-locks.  ;D

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: January 10, 2010, 06:24:15 PM »
It is Italian tonight.

Chicken Parmesan. Nice winter warmer.

The Pub / Re: Dog Town
« on: January 09, 2010, 05:18:58 PM »
Never heard of it.....what's it about?

Its a show about the Best Friends Animal Society ( and their efforts to rehabilitate animals including a lot of animals considered unadoptable by other groups. They do a ton of work and it's pretty cool to watch.

Of course I just have a giant soft spot for animals. I think I like animals better than about 99% of the people I meet. :)


I'll definitely have to check this out. I am an animal lover if you haven't guessed by now.  ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: 25-point gain in efficiency!
« on: January 09, 2010, 01:38:21 PM »
Crush is a significant factor in efficiency. The better the crush the better the efficiency.

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