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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: October 02, 2013, 04:09:33 PM »
I love having the issues on my iPad, since as a road warrior its nice to read them on the go, but that also leads to my biggest frustration. The app requires a data connection to keep you logged in.

That is a great point.  I would love to hear an explanation.  In my experience, that is not how other magazines work.

Another app question - is there a way to delete issues once they are read?  If there is, I have missed it.  Unfortunately, I am space limited on the iPad and need to balance reading and music for each business trip.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

I was told that you could read downloaded issues off line, but I just tried it and it didn't work.  There is unfortunately no way to delete issues at the moment. Believe me, I let them know that wasn't a good thing.  They plan on adding that, but there is no word on when.

Any update on the app and the proposed improvements? I have another long trip coming up and I would love to have offline access.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Dogs Premiere
« on: October 01, 2013, 11:54:19 PM »
I wanted to like it a lot.  I tried to like it.  I failed.  I didn't hate it, but probably won't be back.

Equipment and Software / Re: Choosing The Right Brewpot
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:52:36 AM »
For those conducting BIAB in their kettle, clearly a thermometer is needed.  Wouldn't a kettle-mounted probe get in the way of the bag?

I was using a 8 gal kettle for a 3.5 gal BIAB batch. I had no problems with the probe during dough in, while stirring or removing the bag. It is really a very nice way to do BIAB.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Decanting
« on: September 24, 2013, 04:21:11 PM »
Is leaving the flask with the foil over the top enough protection or should I put an airlock on it?


Next time you are at the LHBS, you might want to spend a dollar and get a foam stopper.  Easy to sanitize, breathes well and won't fall out.  Foil is cool too, but my foam stopper has worked well.

Good luck on your work

All Grain Brewing / Re: amber wheat recipe feedback
« on: September 21, 2013, 03:11:58 PM »

looks fine. Personally I would not use that much crystal malt and just do 50% munich 50% wheat but that's me.

I like the idea of having at least 50% wheat in the grist. You may also want to consider adding a handful or two of rice hulls to help with stuck sparge due to high wheat content.

Beer Recipes / Re: Ideas to slightly darken a pale ale
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:18:18 AM »
I ended up using 1 oz of debittered black malt in the MLT, sprinkled onto to the grist after first runnings before adding the sparge water. The color ended up where I wanted it to and I didn't detect any excessive roastiness when I sampled from the carboy.

It looked and tasted good. I will keg it sometime next week. I need to drink some more beer to clear out a keg space.  Thanks again for all the advice.

I vote for kegging.  The tedium of bottle washing decreased my enjoyment in brewing.  Now that I keg, I find I am more willing to spend more time and enjoy the longer AG day (Now that I know the bottles aren't waiting in the basement).

Beer Recipes / Re: APA Recipe - Looking for Feedback
« on: September 01, 2013, 02:44:01 PM »
I like the look of this recipe!

I am curious about the differences between Munich and Crystal malts (and maybe Vienna). If the color (say all are 20L) is the same, what is the difference?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 30, 2013, 01:02:06 AM »
You will find so many advantages and benefits to being in a club. Give it a shot and I think you will find that people will be just as open and friendly as this forums.

I bet the guys you ran into aren't in a club. They don't seem to play nice with others.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 29, 2013, 09:48:12 PM »
You are a brewer. These guys are definitely overcompensating for a deficiency they would rather not discuss. I bet it was Zima in their glasses.

Equipment and Software / Re: Devising a Mash Tun for One Gallon Batches
« on: August 29, 2013, 01:59:08 AM »
+1 for BIAB as well. BIAB was my step to AG and I still from time to time go back to the bag. It's a very flexible, and I think powerful, technique. I can experiment with yeasts, mash required grains and hops without a full AG commitment.

Don't worry about bag handling because I think you will find your brewing skills will translate well. Handling, sanitation and durability are all straightforward with the bag.

Just my $0.02.

Equipment and Software / Re: Recommendation for a barley crusher?
« on: August 27, 2013, 06:43:36 PM »
scott - he's a professional - Lazy Monk Brewing in Wisconsin  ;)

Thanks blatz.  That makes sense and since I am in the neighborhood, I need to plan a visit to sample the results of all that grain!

Equipment and Software / Re: Recommendation for a barley crusher?
« on: August 27, 2013, 02:32:37 PM »
This year I will put thru it about 16000 lb of grain.

16000 lb of grain?!?  Wow!  Clearly you are man with brewing skill and size.  As a curiosity, what size brewery are you running?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 670 not fermenting?
« on: August 27, 2013, 02:32:18 PM »
I didn't pitch a starter. Have only ever pitched starters with higher gravity beers and have never had an issue before

Be aware you are underpitching. And if you don't make a starter it will eventually bite you in the ass. But hopefully in this case it is a leaky bucket lid.

In regards to making a starter, I was under the impression white labs had enough viable cells to pitch directly into the wort?

** Edit - had the text in the wrong spot
All liquid yeasts, White Labs or Wyeast, will benefit from a yeast starter.  Sometimes a starter is not as important, as when brewing a low gravity beer.  But liquid yeasts perform better with a starter.  Dry yeasts are a different animal.

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