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Equipment and Software / Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:16:41 AM »

>:( >:(was using brew hauler. 5gallon shifted when I picked it up, the straps spread and it slid out. 6 inches off concrete floor. All it took. Glass beer everywhere. Going to plastic.

Sorry about that. Brew hauler needs to give you a refund! ;)

I've had good luck with my Brew Hauler, but this is a good warning to make sure the straps are secure and don't trust the hauler blindly.  Thanks for the warning!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold crash vs Secondary
« on: January 26, 2014, 07:06:55 AM »
Perfect!  Thanks folks.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold crash vs Secondary
« on: January 24, 2014, 01:57:52 PM »
I crash cool to floc and settle the yeast, then transfer to the keg for lagering.

Pinksi, I have a related question.  I assume when you lager in the keg, you are using the keg in a fully "closed" set up.  I mean that you haven't replaced the cap with something that would allow venting, similar to a airlock used for a primary fermenter.  I believe that at this point the beer has reached, or nearly reached FG, so the likelihood of building extreme CO2 pressure is quite low.  And the keg is a better pressure vessel than a carboy or bucket and one can always vent the keg if worried. 

Hmm, looks like I have talked myself out of the concern, but I have never lagered in a keg and thought it would be easy enough to ask.  Thanks.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can-bottle
« on: January 24, 2014, 01:48:47 PM »
$6 each is steep. Wish they were cheaper.

Agreed.  I hate to find that a small dent on the lip makes them unusable after a few batches.  The ROI for a bottle like this has got to be in the "years".  I have trouble keeping a leash on the growlers that get loaned out and a bottle feels like it might be even more likely to wander off in someone's picnic basket.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 24, 2014, 01:44:29 PM »
This is the one subject I don't always feel great about as a homebrewer.  Cooling water goes into the washing machine (during the winter) or the garden (during the summer), but I am not efficient enough to claim that it's a closed system.

My last batch made use of the outdoor temperature and snowpack to aid in reaching lager pitching temps.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, the outdoor temp was well below zero.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commercial examples of Kolsch
« on: January 24, 2014, 08:31:28 AM »
Nirvana is when you think your version is better,  and it's true

I've found that Kolsch is one of the styles that most impresses both my homebrewing and non-homebrewing friends.  It's very drinkable and a style that requires brewing skill to pull-off.  I haven't reached Nirvana, but it's a delicious trip.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter Timing
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:55:17 AM »
I use a 2 gallon pail with lid and airlock for lager starters or larger starters

That's a really good idea.  I wondered if people with large starters (> 2L) were using really big Erlenmeyer flasks and how they managed that much volume.  Thanks for the idea.

All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB advice
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:59:58 PM »
Lastly, you'll get more proteins in your kettle with BIAB, so keep that in mind if you do a big beer.  You might need to add a .5 gallon of pre boil volume for big beers, or maybe filter between the kettle and fermenter with something like a hop rocket or other device.  My first beer with a 14.5 lb grain bill made a big mess trying to get it in the fermenter... 

A good point on more trub in the kettle and something that surprised me with my early BIAB batches.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wow!
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:29:45 AM »
That's the one.  It's a very good homebrewer resource.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:45:09 PM »
Anyone have any thoughts on Wyeast 2001? A friend of mine was talking up this strain, but I hadn't seen any comments on it in this thread.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Baby long is enough?!?
« on: January 08, 2014, 12:31:15 PM »
6 weeks, in my opinion.  I found that the first 6 weeks with a new baby was a time of maximum sleep deprivation.  Once everyone was sleeping a little bit better, than normal "life" began to return including brewing, basketball playing and improved personal hygiene.

Wow, I was so tired.  And my wife did most of the work!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bo-pils frustration (saaz problem??)
« on: January 08, 2014, 12:20:51 PM »
Thanks for the thoughts on this and the suggestions to look back at various aspects.  I appreciate the input everyone.

braufessor - please keep us informed of your recent observations.  I have a Bo-pils going now with a similar profile and I am interested in your learnings and wondering what I will end up with for my batch.  Thanks for sharing.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: October 14, 2013, 12:38:08 AM »
The new app is out and is working great. I was able to delete old issues and read offline. Thanks folks!

Beer Travel / Shanghai Suggestions?
« on: October 12, 2013, 08:45:51 AM »
Any traveling brewers have a recommendation on where to find a good brew pub in Shanghai? 

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: October 02, 2013, 10:03:51 AM »
Excellent!  Thanks for the update.

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