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I've gone so far as leaving beers in the kettle on a cold night, wrapping the BK with a trash bag, without any problems. Ideally you want to pitch within 12 hours, but I have gone as long as 18.[/b]
18 would scare the bejeepers out of me, but I am learning to trust the process more these days. Thankfully even with my lagers I can get to mid 50's with my recirc immersion 50 foot of half inch copper in about 30-40 minutes then get below 50 in a couple hours in the fridge. That's for a 10-12 gallon batch - my standard size.
What a great week a CBC. Hung out with my buddy Tom Schmidlin most of the week (Tom hung with the Alabama crew last night and wasn't overwhelmed!). Got to visit Wayne's impressive Station 26 brewery and get an extensive tour. Bought a meheen bottling line! 6 packs of yellowhammer coming to grocery stores in south east soon!
This was my first conference, learned a heck if a lot and had a blast!
If you come out her for Meheen training let me know and I'll meet you somewhere
For me the biggest barrier, in fact the reason I won't even consider it, is the idea of shoveling 3 hundred pounds of grain out of a mash tun. I may be a Gymrat, but I am an old broken down Gymrat, and I am just plain too old to be taking up that sort of thing.
I think the biggest barrier is knowing what you are getting yourself in to. You need to be an Obsessive, OCD, Artistic, Workaholic with the ability to learn everything from Chemistry to microbiology and everything in between. Money can be earned,Laws and permits can be granted and navigated, But knowing exactly what you are in for is, in my opinion, THE barrier.
Paul, I know the feeling. I dumped zero beer sthis quarter. Quarter before I dumped 60 bbls of beer. So, put that in perspective. That said, it always sucks, no matter how much you dump.
I will toast your commitment to a quality product, next time I have a beer.